If you are new to CrossFit, then you might be a little bit intimidated the first time you step into a CrossFit box. (A box is the CrossFit term for a gym). While no two CrossFit gyms are the exact same, most of them deliver the same initial experience of walking into a bustling space filled with heavy weights and strong people – both strong of mind and strong of body.
Just because a gym is full of activity does not mean that it’s necessarily living up to quality standards. There are more than 10,000 affiliate CrossFit gyms out there, and unfortunately, not all of them are shining examples of what a CrossFit gym should be.
What’s even more unfortunate is that people who have only experienced a single CrossFit gym are at the mercy of that gym’s owner. Say you are a beginner to CrossFit and you are going to register at the local box in your town. If this is the only CrossFit gym available, it’s going to become the standard for you. But what if that gym doesn’t meet the quality standards that CrossFit intends?
You’ll spend the rest of your life believing that you are paying for a quality CrossFit service, when really, you’re paying for services that aren’t worth it. CrossFit gyms should have a reliable standard of service, staff, and equipment to really qualify as CrossFit quality..
Everything that a CrossFit gym should have
These are the things that you should look out for if you are hoping to join CrossFit.
Not every gym is going to have these exact things, but they should have some close variant.
1. Curious intent
This is something that you can determine right off the bat, after you get a look at the gym but before you even sign up. After you mention that you are interested in joining CrossFit, the coach should express some curiosity in you. They should ask what you plan to achieve, how long you plan to use CrossFit, what your goals are, or things like that.
If the coach doesn’t display any interest in you, chances are that they will continue to be negligent throughout your training. This is no way for a coach to treat a student, so make a judge of character before signing a contract.
2. Programs for beginners
Some people join CrossFit in the middle of a bodybuilding career. Others are completely new to the world of working out and have no idea what they want to do. A good CrossFit gym will be happy to help beginners develop a new exercise plan and put them on the path to regular exercise.
A good beginners program will assess your strengths and abilities. going along with the Curious intent that your coach should have, a beginner’s program should operates with the intention of developing a routine that caters to your particular strengths and weaknesses.
Don’t be too harsh to judge here, though. Sometimes coaches are very busy and don’t have time to lock onto every new applicant. Some coaches may just have passive personalities that make them seem disinterested when they really have your best interests at heart. Use your best judgment here and don’t write someone off unless they’re being clearly negligent or disrespectful
A good CrossFit gym will have a variety of programs available for people to choose from. Coaches should be well-versed in a wide range of exercise techniques that they can share with clients. Exercise programs should be available for people of all different walks and should cater to people with all sorts of different intentions.
There should be different routines for different areas of the body, as well as for people to hoping to do different types of exercise – deadlifts and cardiovascular, for example. Coaches should be able to help you develop your own personal exercise plan based on your skills.
While it is important that CrossFit Gyms have versatile training programs available, it is just as important that these programs are well-structured.
A structured program ensures that people following it will be able to get consistent results. If you have to do squats on Monday, do squats on Monday, and don’t switch it up unless it’s part of the core structure. Having coaches that are dedicated to structure will help you get the best results and see maximum gains.
5. First aid
What would a gym be without an easily accessible first aid station? There should also be several employees trained in first aid at the facility at all times. You should be able to ask if the facility can show you any first aid certificates that are currently owned by working members of their team.
Not only should the coaches at a CrossFit gym be well-educated and properly trained, they should be professional. They should treat you like an equal and be tactful and polite at all times. You should be able to approach them comfortably and ask them questions without hesitation.
Coaches should also make an effort to build a relationship with you. This allows them to connect on a personal level and deliver training with a bit more compassion.
To wrap it up
These are the most important things that you’re going to want in a CrossFit gym. There are a few other things that you might want to keep an eye out for – cleanliness, for one, and well-maintained gear. Some people like to look for an inviting atmosphere and aesthetic.
For the most part, though, these are all the things that you’re going to need to guarantee a good experience at a CrossFit box.