Is CrossFit Right For Me?

You’re here on this page for a reason. Most likely, you’ve been thinking of your current fitness levels and health and realize you’d love to be in better shape. 

Well, the fact that you found this page speaks volumes about you. It means you care about your health, that you believe in bettering yourself, and that you are proactive about doing something about it. This already separates you from the thousands of people who’re sitting on their couches doing nothing, so congratulations! You are exactly the type of person we love. And we would love it if you love us right back.

BUT we know that CrossFit is not for everyone, so we’ve created this page to help you decide whether or not you want to stop by and give it a try.

What if I'm completely out of shape?

CrossFit works with you at whatEVER level you are at. Even if you haven’t left your couch in years, we will start where you’re at and work from there. You are never too out of shape to begin getting in shape.

CrossFit is infinitely scalable, so it really doesn’t matter what your current fitness levels are – there will always be scalable options for you.

And the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll get there!

But won't I get injured? CrossFit looks so dangerous!

Yes, it can be dangerous. Just like going for a run, taking a hot yoga class and crossing the road can be dangerous. But it doesn’t have to be.
At CrossFit Brit your safety is our HIGHEST priority. We want you to be healthy and well above all else, so this is the foundation of our coaching.
We have expert coaches who will guide you through each movement and ensure that you perform workouts in the safest way possible.
The only danger is that you could get TOO fit and hot and make your friends jealous!

But it looks way too intense for me!

CrossFit can be intense, yes. You’ve seen clips from the CrossFit Games, or videos of athletes performing incredible feats and you think – I could never workout that hard. We get it! Nor could we! These people are professional athletes, not your average Jane just trying to get healthy.
At CrossFit Brit, workouts are as intense as you want them to be. Sure, we’ll push you to get better and give you the motivation to do things you never thought possible, but you get to call the shots in terms of how hard you push your body.

Being completely new to crossfit, it’s a totally different mentality than just “working out”. I didn’t think that I was out of shape, until I tried a WOD. However, Sham is like a personal trainer, and he walked me through every step. It was definitely difficult, but he knows how to scale you so that it’s completely do-able…

 

If you’re fearful about jumping into crossfit, as I was, Sham is perfect because he knows how to push each person to their limit without overdoing it. This box has also attracted a great group of people. They’re all extremely friendly, helpful, and supportive. I’m almost 40, and I think I’m on the road to being the healthiest & fittest I’ve been in my life! Thanks Sham & Mrs. Sham!

Charissa

I really just don't have time!

We get it. You’re working hard, raising a family, caring for others and just trying to keep your life afloat. It can seem impossible to find the time.
But here’s the thing, YOU are your most valuable asset. Without you being in tiptop shape, all those other aspects of your life will start to suffer. Science has proven that we operate way more effectively when we exercise. As John Ratey, M.D. says “exercise is really for the brain, NOT the body. It affects mood, vitality, alertness and feelings of well-being.”
It’s time to start considering working out as something that is non-negotiable if you want to make the most of the rest of your life. We can ALL find time for things that are important to us. Even if you can just commit to 3 workouts a week, you will soon see the huge benefits this has on your productivity and energy levels throughout the rest of your days.
Remember: Your body is your most valuable asset, so invest in it!

But it's SO expensive?

CrossFit is not cheap. Any time you find a “too good to be true” deal on Groupon or one of those sites for CrossFit, chances are it really is too good to be true. In life you will almost always get what you pay for, and when it comes to your body (your most valuable asset), you really don’t want to be cutting corners or getting the “made in china” equivalent to the real deal.
The reason CrossFit costs what it does is that it is like having a personal trainer by your side every time you walk in the door. You will see changes in your body and health that you would never see so fast working out alone or in some huge class where there really isn’t any individual attention.
At CrossFit Brit, we pride ourselves in knowing every single member – what your strengths are, and where you need to work harder and what makes you tick. We also work with your goals and take into account your style of learning. This is not just an exercise class or a gym where you walk in and do your own thing. You will receiver personal attention, guidance and the highest standard of coaching every step of the way.
As with food, you either pay for good quality training now, or you pay your doctor later. Why not invest in yourself now!
And if you think you can’t afford it, maybe it’s time to start looking at where you are spending your money. For the cost of a daily frappuccino you could be getting your body to the best shape of your life AND be avoiding chugging down those sugary empty calories!

But I'm WAY too old to start something like CrossFit!

Stop. That. Talk. Right. Now! You are NEVER too old to start CrossFit. Even if you are 100 years old (congrats for being online if you are) you are precisely the right age to start. CrossFit is infinitely scalable, so we’ll work with whatever starting point you are at and get you to do things you previously thought you’d never do again (or ever do, period!)
And, from our experience, you will likely shave years off in terms of how you look and feel within a few months of doing CrossFit!

I'm a woman and I really don't want to bulk up!

This is such a common fear amongst woman that we wrote a blog post about it. Enjoy: http://www.crossfitbrit.com/but-sham-wont-lifting-heavy-make-me-bulky/
Worst case scenario? Doing CrossFit at a well-programmed box may make you start to look a little more like these women:

This place is hands down the best. Sham (the owner and head coach) is absolutely amazing; he reviews proper form and technique at the beginning of every class. In addition, he never hesitates to offer his educated wisdom on techniques, nutrition, soreness, and more.
CrossFit Brit has changed the way I look at working out, changed the way I view nutrition, and changed my whole outlook on fitness. And while doing so, it’s introduced me to a countless number of amazing people.
There are other gyms out there but there is only one CrossFit Brit

Adriana

I just want to get healthy, not compete in the Olympics!

For some people being the best, the fittest, the strongest, the fastest, etc, is super important. But for the vast majority of people, it is all about being the healthiest YOU possible. We hear you. You just want to get your body into great shape, feel comfortable in your own skin and feel healthy and energised. And those are no small goals.
Well we’ve got you covered. Our focus is on getting you to be the healthiest, most vibrant YOU possible, NOT turning you into the next CrossFit Games Champion (unless, of course, that becomes your goal!)

I've heard I'll be in terrible pain when I first start

This is a big fear. No-one LIKES being in pain. And here’s the cold, harsh truth. If you have never left your sofa and you start an exercise program (ANY exercise program), you WILL feel it. There is no way around that. Every time we put our bodies into a new situation and subject it to new movements, our muscles need to adjust. This is how we get stronger, fitter and more skilled. In short, if we want to get better at ANYTHING – physical, mental or spiritual, we have to step out of our cushy little comfort zone and feel some level of discomfort. Depending on how much you dive in to start with this could be mild to a little more intense, but it always passes. Your body will soon adapt and you will be shocked at how movements you struggled with when you first walked in the door quickly feel natural and even easy.
But there is truth behind the old adage “no pain, no gain”. You cannot get better without a little pushing at those boundaries! The good thing is that you get to decide how hard you push to begin with!

Love this place. Sham is a fantastic trainer and coach. The workouts are tough but completable (most of the time). My favorite thing about this place is the people, the other folks working out. Lots of types, many far more experienced, some very new but all part of the team, all chanting each other on.

Steve

I'm scared of being yelled at by a coach

You’ve probably heard a little bit about CrossFit and are imagining something like being in the army, where you’re being screamed at by the guy in charge while you stifle back tears and try to keep up.
That is NOT what we’re about. Our coaches are all warm, friendly and super caring for each and every person in their classes. It’s like having a cheerleader, friend and personal trainer all helping to motivate you and get you to where YOU want to go, all whilst having fun.

Sham was one of my first crossfit coaches back in early 2012, and I believe that’s one of the reasons why I stuck with crossfit. A good coach will teach you technique, but also knows how to push you. They know which verbal cues work for certain people and which don’t. Sham and Sonja have done a fantastic job creating a great community at Crossfit Brit. After being gone for almost 2 years, I came back to visit SoCal for about week and wanted to check out the new box. Both were extremely warm and welcoming, making me feel like I never left at all. I could tell by talking to the members of the box love it there. Everyone was extremely friendly and took initiative in introducing themselves – not something you find in a lot of boxes.

Great community, friendly and knowledgeable coaches – all the makings of a fantastic box.

Grace

I have an injury and I'm afraid to aggravate it!

We have worked with many individuals who have come in with injuries – both serious and minor. In both cases we work with you where you are at and will hopefully not only get you past your injury, but get you doing things you thought you’d never be able to do again!

I just had a baby and want to get back in shape - can CrossFit help me?

Yes!! We have worked with several women throughout their pregnancies and post birth, with great success. As a new mom, you need lots of support and care when getting back into working out post birth. We make sure you get all the attention and care you need to get you back to the healthiest, fittest you possible.
We are a very baby friendly gym.

I'm self conscious about working out in a class situation

We’ve all been there. The newbie in the class where everyone else knows each other. It’s daunting. But we were all that new person once so we get it. And one thing we pride ourselves in at CrossFit Brit is being as warm, welcoming and friendly as possible to every new face that walks in the door.
Within a very short time you will have made some awesome new friends and YOU’ll be the one being warm and friendly to the next new person!
As for the working out part – trust me, it’s way funner working out along side friendly people than trying to slog out your work outs alone. You will soon find yourself laughing and having fun and you’ll look forward to going to work out as much as the social aspect.

I am beyond happy that I switched to this box. Sham and all the coaches make sure they are paying attention to your form/technique. The minute I walked in everyone introduced themselves and made me feel comfortable and right at home. The way the business is handled is very straight forward. If you email with questions they get replied to pretty quickly. I highly recommend CrossFit Brit!

Claudia

But isn't CrossFit male dominated?

CrossFit is aimed at everyone. Male, female, young, old, big, small, you name it. Some of the best CrossFit athletes in the world are women, and at Brit, we love seeing women find that amazing level of confidence that happens when you master something hard.
Come check us out and meet some of our awesome ladies!

What if I'm a more advanced athlete and my goal is to compete?

As well as the regular classes we offer specialized additional training for those who really want to push their fitness to the next level. Contact us for more details.

In short, CrossFit IS for you if you are all about being better. If you want to be in better shape physically, if you want to have more energy to play with your kids, if you want to be stronger so you can carry your own suitcases, if you want to be able to focus better on other aspects of your life, if you want more confidence, or to overcome your fears. You will LOVE it if you are the type of person who is up for adventure, who gets a sense of accomplishment from learning new things, and are stimulated by challenge.

You will not be into CrossFit if you want to stay exactly the same as you are now. If change scares you, or you’d rather not step out of your comfort zone (and it’s perfectly ok if those things apply) then this may not be the right place for you. CrossFit WILL challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and it will change you. We think for the better!
Alternatively, if your body is already so perfect, healthy and strong that you couldn’t even imagine it being better, then chances are whatever you are already doing is working for you, so keep doing it! 

But we believe you are on this page for a reason. 

If your questions weren’t answered in the above FAQs, drop us a line! We’d love to hear from you and help you decide if this is the right fit for you!

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