FAQ

Can I do CrossFit if I have neck and back pain?

Numerous clients have come through our doors with previous injuries or tweaks and found relief from pain by strengthening the muscles around the problem area. All too often, people neglect exercising their low back due to fear of injury. Because of this, they end up deconditioned, weak and more susceptible to injury from minor mishaps. Participating in CrossFit will provide you a buffer so you are less susceptible to these types of injuries. The movements and workouts are all completely scalable, allowing anyone to take part.

Does Ignite Fitness follow the programming of CrossFit.com?

CrossFit.com provides excellent programming. At Ignite Fitness, we take the same approach with constantly varied movements and workouts. We choose to offer workouts that may be more easily scaled in group settings and address some of the needs/desires of our community. You are guaranteed to have at least one day a week for heavy loading to help address strength demands. We also like to provide people with a longer workout each work so that can get their endurance needs met. Another approach we take is to address weaknesses the gym may have as a whole—things such as overhead squats, Olympic lifting or basic technique with bodyweight movements. Our philosophy is the same as HQ, while meeting the specific needs of our local community.

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Is it possible to get a good workout in less than 30 minutes?

Absolutely. More research shows that shorter duration/higher intensity workouts yield higher benefits/results. It basically boils down to hard work. The truth is the longer the effort, the lower the intensity. If you are running 10 miles, then your power output will be lower than if you run multiple 400m sprints. Occasionally there are workouts that last beyond 30 minutes at Ignite Fitness, but the majority of workouts are much shorter in duration. A shorter workout combined with the movements we do allows you to work harder and leads to a better response.

Will CrossFit make me too muscular?

This is a worry we hear often, especially from women. In order to get bigger, you would need to pick up very heavy weight on a frequent basis and eat an extremely high-calorie diet. Although we are concerned about your strength and we do lift heavy some days, this is not our main focus. We also do not focus on a diet to help you gain productive muscle mass. The majority of our workouts provide your muscles with more contractile potential and not hypertrophy (muscle mass).

Will I get hurt doing such a high-intensity workout?

You can injure yourself in any activity, but CrossFit is safer than many activities people perform every day. We work with our clients in three stages. Mechanics: learning how to do the movements with correct technique. Consistency: the ability to do the movements over and over again with safe and relatively efficient technique. Intensity: the speed at which you do the movements. One does not come before the other. We always start with Mechanics.

Do I need to be in good shape before beginning CrossFit?

Before beginning any new exercise regimen, it’s always a good idea to seek medical advice. The exciting thing about CrossFit, however, is that regardless of where you are in your fitness journey, every movement or exercise we do is scalable and easily modified. Fitness is a lifelong journey and our goal is to help you thrive personally in each workout.

Can I afford to join? It seems expensive.

Although our rates may seem more expensive than a group membership at another local gym, you are actually receiving personal training at a fraction of the cost with the instruction our trainers give you. They are highly trained and are there to coach you to success. Plus, having a group of friends to work out with is better than hitting a treadmill solo any day.

I’ve heard CrossFit is extremely hard. Can I handle it?

CrossFit is as hard as you make it. Workouts are always scalable and easily modified to fit your level of fitness. As you progress, you will find the amount of weight you are able to lift will increase, and you will also become more proficient at complex skills. We encourage people to push to their limits of their own tolerances, but only you can make the most of your own workouts with the amount of work you put into them.

Can I just follow your workouts and work out on my own without joining?

Community is an important part of CrossFit. Having a group of people cheer you on during a workout is not only encouraging, but it also gives you a level of accountability you won’t get anywhere else. In addition, most people are not taught how to move correctly and don’t know how to teach themselves. You are automatically making yourself more susceptible to injury and leveling off in your gains by trying to do this on your own.

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