Crossfit questions...

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    Dec 04, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    So I just started crossfit this week. Maybe my local gym is not that great, but I understood the point of the coaches to be there to assist and educate those who are just beginning/not as fit at the moment.
    Over the last several nights I have noticed that the coaches mostly focus on a) the regulars that they are familiar with or b) the more fit participants. While no one has been rude, it feels as if they avoid the "newbies" unless they are already fit and capable of doing the wod. Also, prior to starting classes we had to sign a waiver and notate if we have had previous injuries and or physical issues (i.e. surgery)...yet no one followed up on this information.
    So after all of that rambling...here are my questions....is that normal crossfit protocol or do I just have a crappy gym in my town? Is it worth sticking with crossfit vs hiring a personal trainer and working out at a regular gym? If so, who do I talk to about how/when to adjust the wod to accommodate my less that stellar physical performance? Or would I be better off starting with a personal trainer at a regular gym and joining crossfit in a few months after I have built up more stamina?
    I know this is a lengthy post, but you guys' input is much appreciated! It's why I joined this site!
    Thanks guys!
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    Dec 04, 2014 2:56 AM GMT
    Yes, it sounds like a terrible gym. That sounds like the exact opposite of what CrossFit is supposed to be about. First of all, go to this link and tell me if you see your box here: http://map.crossfit.com/ If not, you're not really doing CrossFit but some random gym's bastardized version of it.

    Secondly, were you required to do several weeks of fundamentals classes? If not, that's another red flag.
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    Dec 04, 2014 4:00 AM GMT
    The box I have been going to is on the map. Thanks for that by the way. There is another CrossFit box in my town that I was unaware of.
    I did not attend a fundamentals class. Basically I was told to show up one night to see a class and try it out for a couple of weeks. I showed up the first night and was taught a few basic moves that would be in the wod's for the week. Then was told to just show up to class and try it out. So that's what I've been doing.
    I'm wondering if I'm better off sticking with a personal trainer for a month or two before fully investing in CrossFit? Thoughts? Opinions?
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    Dec 04, 2014 4:17 AM GMT
    belovedroad saidThe box I have been going to is on the map. Thanks for that by the way. There is another CrossFit box in my town that I was unaware of.
    I did not attend a fundamentals class. Basically I was told to show up one night to see a class and try it out for a couple of weeks. I showed up the first night and was taught a few basic moves that would be in the wod's for the week. Then was told to just show up to class and try it out. So that's what I've been doing.
    I'm wondering if I'm better off sticking with a personal trainer for a month or two before fully investing in CrossFit? Thoughts? Opinions?



    That's absolute bullshit that they would allow a newbie to join in without going through a fundamentals program. You can report them to the headquarters at affiliatesupport@crossfit.com. (They may redirect you to another email address but I would start there.) I would also find the owner of that box and chew his ass out for allowing you to just step in without any instruction. The purpose of the fundamentals class is not only instruction, but it allows your body several weeks to get accustomed to the workouts without trying to keep up with veteran CrossFitters. CrossFit is nothing to play with. It's a great exercise regimen that offers aspects other facilities can't come close to....BUT....if people are not closely trained and supervised you WILL get hurt.
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    Dec 04, 2014 6:45 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input! I was wondering about that! now I don't feel quite as bad!
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    Dec 04, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
    That is the opposite of my experience!
    I just moved to a VERY francophone neighborhood in Montreal in July. Found a 'box' 3 blocks away and started crossfit 3 months ago.
    The coaches are super friendly and really work hard to push me and encourage me. They know everyone's name by the 3rd time you're in their class. I had to do a couple weeks of fundamental classes and get approved before I was allowed to sign up for regular classes.
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    Dec 04, 2014 11:47 PM GMT
    You should definitely expect more - more from any business, not just Crossfit boxes. I recently started doing early morning Crossfit workouts in an attempt to get myself to go to bed earlier. I had to fill out a waiver, including info about preexisting injuries. I mentioned that I had a history of knee bursitis, and all of the coaches kept that in mind. In every class, they go around and make sure to scale the workouts to everyone's ability levels. So I say stick with it, talk with the gym owner, and maybe think about switching gyms. And if you switch, you should definitely tell the current gym why.
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    Dec 05, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    Some boxes are far more rigorous about their on ramp programs than others... And regardless, you should go to a box that you feel comfortable with - and even then, only do stuff that you're comfortable doing as injuries do happen and I feel like a lot of people are predisposed to more injuries or have less mobility in certain areas.

    I visited one CrossFit box in a small town and the trainer requires that all members go through personal training sessions 12-15 (equating to $600+) before letting people do the regular classes. When my partner and I decided to check it out, she had a very thorough back and forth with our trainers at our home gym (to the point that those trainers wrote to us to let us know haha).

    Bottomline: it really varies but once you do the onboarding, you can be as lazy or as aggressive as you want. Don't feel like you need to keep up as #1... or worry about being last in the WODs. Most mornings I feel like I win just by going haha (we go at 515am).
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    Dec 05, 2014 3:30 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input guys! I have been talking to another CrossFit gym here in town that offers personal training during the 2/3 week fundamentals program. based on information that you guys have provided and after reviewing their information and qualifications I feel like they are probably better suited to provide what I need to start off.
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    Dec 05, 2014 1:33 PM GMT
    Belovedroad

    I agree with all posts here. You need to find another box that have a sound programming.

    Good luck.