A Beginner’s Guide to CrossFit

Starting any new exercise practice can be daunting, but entering a CrossFit box can be particularly nerve-wracking.  Where are the machines?  Why are there so many weights??  Pull up Bar…Really???  Am I ready for this????

Of course you are ready for this!

While CrossFit is great for all Athletes…CrossFit is great as well for people just wanting to feel better in their everyday lives.  We are great for the weekend hiker, Mud Run addict, and for the person that wants to live a pain free life.  We are for EVERYONE!

We call CrossFit Funtional Fitness.  All that means is that we can prepare you for everything that YOUR life throws at you.

Did you watch the ESPN CrossFit Games or google images of CrossFit?  Pretty intimidating, but if those are your goals that’s awesome.  We have the Competitor’s Programming and Weightlifting classes to get you there.  We even have Regional athletes and former Olympians coaching classes.

Your first day of class…

Everything is written on a whiteboard, but…

We walk you through everything.  Our warm ups are structured and done together.  After your warm up we get into the Workout of the Day (WOD).  There will probably be a bunch of things written on the board that make no sense:  Snatch, KBS, HSPU, Jerk, Deadlift, Turkish Get Up…

Thats totally ok.  Our coaches are amazing and will explain exactly what we are looking for and help you move properly and remain injury free.

Keep in mind, however, CrossFit is almost infinitely scalable, so that WOD designed for some of the top performers in your gym can and should be altered to fit your needs and current abilities.  Most people freak out when they see PULL UPS.  We have about 25 scales for this single movement.  You will be doing Pull Ups, but doing the appropriate scale for the movement.  So YES, we are for you, your parents, your grandparents, your kids!

Beginner classes

We do not offer these because everything can be modified to fit your needs.  We have PVC pipes for new barbell movements and all different types of equipment to scale your movements appropriately…that’s why we have the best gym in town.  We have the coaches that can scale everything to fit everyone.


If you have questions just ask us!  In a nut shell we like…

Paleo: the favored diet of CrossFitters.; entails eating the way our cave-man ancestors did, so lots of meat and vegetables; no dairy, legumes or grains

1st Place or Last Place

We don’t care if you are the first one done or the last one done.  This is your workout.  You are not holding anyone back if you are last and you are not getting a trophy if you are first.  You decide your intensity…but understand that we will push you when its appropriate.  We will have you add weight when its appropriate.  We will bring out the best you that you never knew existed.


You will be sore.  Because of the intensity and volume associated with CrossFit WODs, one big adjustment for new members is dealing with muscle soreness. Even those with an athletic or training background can take several weeks to acclimate to the new workload. Basic maintenance like ice packs, ibuprofen, fish oil and foam rollers will help get you through the early days.  After 2 weeks your recovery will be noticeably better.


CrossFit is a built in support system.  We are there to make you better and help you reach your goals.  Period.  Come in and try us out and see why CrossFit Full Strength is the oldest and best box in town.