What Is CrossFit?

Do you know someone who does CrossFit? You probably do, but what is it really all about? CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program that offers a full-body workout. It combines the elements of cardio, weight-lifting, gymnastics and core training. Our workouts are high intensity and constantly varied. You’ll never do the same workout twice in a week – or in a month. CrossFit is a sport — the “sport of fitness.”

Are you sure that I can do the workouts?

Yes! All of our members at CrossFit Exclamation (CFE) do the same WOD (workout-of-the-day) every day. One of the best things about CrossFit is that it is scalable, which means that if you can’t do one of the movements, we can scale (modify) it for you. For example, if you’re not ready to do pull-ups, you can do ring rows or use a band to help pull you up.

What should I expect during my first month?

To be challenged and have fun! You’ll learn basic movements, and modifications, along with a whole bunch of new terminology. There will be movements that you’ve never heard of and new variations to some that you already know. Here are a few terms to get you started:

  • AMRAP: As Many Rounds As Possible, As Many Reps As Possible
  • Box: The gym
  • PR: Personal Record
  • Rep: One repetition of an exercise
  • Rx’d: As prescribed; as written, suggested parameters for a given exercise (i.e.: weight)
  • Set: A group of repetitions
  • WOD: Workout-of-the-day

What is the community like?

CrossFit Exclamation is not just a gym; it is a community. Sure, we can be competitive, but only to push each other to excel. The community at CFE is made up of a group of people united under a common interest:  setting and reaching fitness goals. When you give CFE a chance, you are also giving yourself a chance to be a part of a vast network of people who are there to support and encourage you.

What’s with the special shoes and tall socks?

Knee-high socks are a definitely a CrossFit fashion trend, but they’re also great to wear to protect your shins from movements like box jumps, deadlifts and rope climbs to name a few. And then there are the Olympic lifting (Oly) shoes. Many CrossFit athletes wait a while to try them, and eventually buy some, so don’t worry about waiting it out. The shoes are specifically made for Oly lifting (like running shoes are made for running). You’ll feel firmly planted on the ground when lifting.

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