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What Makes a Good Crossfit Gym?

Posted By on June 10, 2016 in CrossFit |

steve ellis hickory crossfit I’m a firm believer in Mens sana in corpore sano, which translates to a “a sound mind in a sound body”. Exercise and fitness have always been a huge part of my life, and a desire for wellness has been instilled in me since my days as a Naval Officer. While I’ve mostly written about golf on this blog, I do find joy in several different forms of exercise, one of them being Crossfit. Crossfit, which was developed by Greg Glassman, was one of the first workout regimens to “define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.” The crossfit routine has developed in a community of athletes and fitness fanatics that use the Crossfit system to achieve their goals; you can find crossfit gyms all over the country. But the reality is that not all crossfit gyms are created equal(ly). Use this as a guide to determine whether or not the crossfit gym you are considering will be giving you the best fitness education and experience:

Have they considered your goals?

When joining a crossfit gym, the coach you are meeting with should inquire about your fitness goals. Everyone is on a different fitness journey, and a gym that does not take that into consideration will probably not be a good fit in the long run. Your coach should determine what you’ve already achieved and what you’re looking to achieve. Make sure you feel heard and attended to, or go somewhere else.  

Do they offer a beginner’s class?

Even if you aren’t a beginner, inquire about whether or not the gym offers a beginner option (you can even say that you’re asking for a friend.) This is hugely important. Forcing beginners to join intermediate classes is both dangerous and shows an obvious lack of thought to the gym members’ well being. That aside, make sure that your gym assess your abilities, movement, flexibility, and limitations before putting you into any program - no matter what level you’re currently operating within.  

What’s Their Injury Process ?

Unfortunately, injuries happen, even when all of the proper precautions are taken. Before you join a gym, determine what their protocol is when an injury does occur.  Be wary of any crossfit gym that does not confidently refer you to a network of healthcare professionals that they work with. You need to know that your gym is confident in their fitness abilities, and will not try to doctor you instead of sending you to a professional when necessary.   For more tips on finding the best gym, use these resources: Breaking Muscle & PhysioDetective