Q1. What is CrossFit:
CrossFit is defined as constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity. We work out as a group in a class structure with instruction at all times. The classes take one hour. Every day we perform a Workout of the Day (WOD). Constantly varied means the workout of the day (WOD) changes daily. Functional movements means full body movements that mimic the movements we perform in day to day life, rather than target a specific muscle. These movements include weightlifting, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning (cardio). High intensity speaks for itself, but intensity is a relative term and will mean something different to each person. Because of this CrossFit is infinitely scalable and therefore accessible to people from all walks of life. The goal is to increase your fitness. Fitness to us mean increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. We specialise in not specialising, we believe routine is the enemy and that your training should prepare you for the unknown and unknowable in life.
Q2. Is CrossFit for me?
Yes, CrossFit is for you, and for everyone. The needs of an Olympian and your grandparents differ only degree, not kind. Everyone at some point in their day needs to squat down, pick something up off the floor and place it overhead and therefore you should be taught to do these movements correctly. We learn these basics, and much more, in a community of like-minded individuals.
Q3. Don’t some people say CrossFit is bad for you?
CrossFit works off the following charter: mechanics then consistency then intensity. By simply following this charter we allow for safe and continued progression within your training leaving you more physically capable to tackle all that life throws at you.
Q4. Isn't CrossFit for athletes (so I'll start when I'm fitter)?
Most people's first impression of CrossFit is the CrossFit games. Whilst this is an incredible introduction it does not create a realistic expectation of what you get when entering a CrossFit affiliate. Our box (gym) is filled with people from all walks of life with varying degrees of fitness and health. Some are chasing elite level fitness, others want to look and feel better and for some simply turning up is a win. You don't need to be fit to start CrossFit, CrossFit is how you get fit.
Q5. What about nutrition?
To accomplish your goals faster, we recommend you eat a variety of healthy foods in quantities that support fitness training but not body fat. By avoiding excessive amounts of refined carbohydrates (sugars) and measuring your protein, carbohydrate and fat intake, you will see measurable increases in health. Here's a simple starting point: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Eat quantities that support fitness training but not body fat.
Q6. How will CrossFit affect my health?
CrossFit Inc. holds a uniquely elegant solution to the greatest problem facing the world today: chronic disease. The CrossFit program — constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity, coupled with a diet of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar — can give you a pass on chronic disease. If you are not sick, know that fitness provides a great margin of protection against the ravages of time and disease. Fitness is and should be “super-wellness." To improve or preserve your health, do CrossFit.
Q7. How will I get fitter with CrossFit?
CrossFit improves general physical preparedness (GPP). We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of 10 fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. CrossFit was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. People who do CrossFit are prepared for all challenges, whether they come in the gym, on a playing field or as part of daily life.
Q8. What if I can't use the recommended weight or perform the programmed movements in the workout of the day (WOD)?
Almost without exception, everyone who starts CrossFit is bad at CrossFit. So please don’t worry about it. Every class at CrossFit Noosa is coached by an experienced coach and it is their job to guide you through progressions for each movement. We can use a weight that's manageable for you or use a percentage of the weight prescribed. We can replace movements you can't do with those you can. We can lower reps, shorten the distance or shorten the time. Everyone is different, and our coaches will guide you. For more information on scaling and modifying workouts, review the "CrossFit Level 1 Training Guide." The CrossFit Journal also contains resources to help you scale the workout to your level.
Q9. Is the workout of the day (WOD) enough? What if I want to do more?
In general, if you only do each day's WOD, you will find yourself at a significantly improved level of fitness. That’s being said, the WOD is a starting point, and each person will need to experiment to determine what is the right amount for them. Experienced athletes with specific competition goals might need additional work to improve their fitness. We provide this daily as “comp training”, and it’s an optional add-on to the WOD. Meanwhile beginners might need to reduce weight, time or distance in the WOD itself to optimize results, so just the WOD is definitely enough. The exact amount of work can be determined with the assistance of an expert coach at CrossFit Noosa and by carefully logging your workouts and evaluating the results on an App we will provide. The demands of sport and active living will affect what you can do every day, and you will also need to balance your work/rest cycles to allow for recovery.