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    Is Crossfit for You?

    If you fall into any of these categories, then you owe it to yourself to give CrossFit a try:

    • You want to get in shape but can’t face going to a gym.
    • You no longer see results with your current training regime.
    • You have lost interest in your regular gym routine.
    • You think you don’t have time to exercise.
    • You are looking to improve performance in your sport.
    • You are preparing for a physical fitness test for law enforcement, the military or firefighting.
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    Can Anyone CrossFit?

    Definitely. The CrossFit program is based upon the fact that your needs and the Olympic athlete’s needs differ by degree, not kind. Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, balance, and coordination are each important to the world’s best athletes and to our grandparents. It’s amazing that the very same training methods that elicit optimal response in the Olympic or professional athlete will optimize the same response in the elderly.

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    Do I have to be in shape before I can start CrossFit?

    No. It will actually be more beneficial if you start CrossFit without any knowledge of how to exercise. You get to learn the important fundamentals right off the bat. This will allow you to develop a great base. Exercising without coaching can lead to improper form, muscular imbalances, and higher risk for injury.

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    Is CrossFit safe? I heard you can get injured doing CrossFit, is this true?

    CrossFit is safe when done correctly. In the CrossFit Elements class we teach you proper mechanics for these functional movements, and continue to review them in the regular group setting, as safety is a priority for us. We first teach you proper mechanics, we drill them consistently then we add the intensity.

    Remember, any activity can result in injury. CrossFit is safer than most activities because we incorporate movements your body is MEANT to do. When was the last time you saw someone outside of the gym doing a bicep curl? Never, this movement does nothing for you in real life. Now when was the last time you saw someone deadlift in real life? Pretty recently I bet.

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    The workouts you post are too hard, I could never do that.

    Have no fear, 97% of the people at our gym cannot either! The WOD is made to challenge an elite athlete. But that same workout is scaled to YOUR skill level. When you start, you will be doing a modified version of the WOD. We change the load (weights), repetitions, rounds, and distances to fit your abilities. Modifying the WODs will prevent you from over exerting yourself and prevent overwhelming soreness.

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    What is Class Structure Like?

    Classes are approximately 1 hour. The first 15-20 minutes are dedicated to warm-up time, and mobility work. We then go over the WOD, cover movements and help you scale (if needed). Finally the group WOD is performed (this lasts between 5-25 min depending on the WOD). The remainder of the time is left for cool-down or skill work.

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    What is a typical Workout of the Day (WOD)?

    The WOD combines the following in a constantly varied, seemingly random fashion:

    • Weightlifting/Power Lifting (Deadlifts, clean, squat, presses, jerks, snatch)
    • Gymnastics (Pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, handstands)
    • Monostructural Cardio (Run, bike, row, swim, jump rope)
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    What is an athlete?

    According to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, an athlete is a “person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring strength, agility, or stamina”.

    The CrossFit definition of an athlete is a bit tighter. The CrossFit definition of an athlete is “a person who is trained or skilled in strength, power, balance, and agility, flexibility, and endurance”. The CrossFit model holds “fitness”, “health”, and “athleticism” as strongly overlapping constructs. For most purposes, they can be seen as equivalents.

    Can I achieve optimal health without being an “athlete”?
    Nope. Athletes experience a protection from the ravages of aging and disease that non-athletes never find. For instance, 80-year-old athletes are stronger than non-athletes in their prime at 25 years old. If you think that strength isn’t important, consider that strength loss is what puts people in nursing homes. Athletes have greater bone density, stronger immune systems, less coronary heart disease, reduced cancer risk, fewer strokes, and less depression than non-athletes.

    So, bottom line, become an athlete today.

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    Is CrossFit for athletes only?

    CrossFit is for EVERYONE! We focus on functional movements. These functional movements are essential human movements that we use everyday. Any movement and any workout can scaled to fit each individuals needs. Bottom line, everyone will benefit from CrossFit….even grandma.

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    Will I get bulky doing CrossFit?

    CrossFit will actually give women the look they are after. Our program will help you burn fat and increase lean muscle mass. This results in a lean and “toned” body much like a dancer, and not like a bodybuilder. This is the biggest fear that most women have when exercising. That is why you mainly see women on the cardio machines in the gym and not in the weight room. Women need to incorporate strength training more than men because they are at higher risk for osteoporosis. Your bones are not going to get stronger by hitting the elliptical everyday.

    Also, testosterone is required for a person to develop large muscles. Women have 1/10 the testosterone as men which makes it impossible to develop huge muscles naturally. The huge and buff women you see in body building magazines are taking testosterone injections, eating a diet geared towards “bulking”, and working very differently then we do here at CrossFit North Marin. Have no fear of getting bulky, I promise you it won’t happen; just google search CrossFit Women and take a look.

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    I can’t do CrossFit because I have back problems and/or knee problems.

    Many people hurt or tweak their lower backs, knees, shoulders, etc. and are afraid to exercise those areas. The problem with avoiding those previously hurt areas forever is that they never get strengthened. This is disaster waiting to happen. You create muscular imbalances by training other areas of your body and avoiding the problem area. You become stronger everywhere else but at the same time that problem area gets weaker in comparison. This actually increases your chance for that area to be reinjured.

    CrossFit can actually be used as rehab for injuries. Many people have come to us, unable to Squat (get yourself up from a seated position), Deadlift (picking up your groceries), Press (putting something up on a shelf) CrossFit teaches you how to move properly and exercise with correct mechanics, which in turn helps you regain functional capacity.

    If you cannot Squat, Deadlift, Press you may need to start considering if independent living is safe for you.

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    What is the difference between doing the workouts on my own or doing them at CrossFit North Marin?

    The most important part is coaching. Having a knowledgeable coach with you during your WOD will reduce the risk of injury, improve your fitness faster, and fix bad mechanics. You can’t see yourself while you train. This leads to bad form and bad habits. These problems will actually be harder to correct in the future.

    You are missing the warm-up, cool down, and fun time. We focus on warm-up, skills and cool-down daily. We also work a lot on mobility and stretching for injury prevention.

    A big part of CrossFit is community, family, and camaraderie. Having a good base of positive people around you is the best environment to train in. Not only will you be pushed harder because of the support from everyone, but you will have a great time doing it. Take a look at your globo gym. When you walk in, you will see a bunch of people with Ipods. Everyone is secluded and not interacting with anyone else. This leads to boring workouts that have no intensity (which means ineffective) and eventually pushes people to quit exercising. It is a sad sight to see. If you go to any CrossFit gym, you will see that the energy is high, everyone is encouraging, and everyone really cares about each other.

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    How much does it cost to train at CrossFit North Marin?

    Check out our Membership and Pricing page for rates and additional information about costs.