If you are searching ‘CrossFit Gyms near me,’ you have probably already heard a little bit about it from a friend, colleague, or social media. You may have heard it is the best way to get in shape, stay in shape and never get bored. And you may have also heard some misinformation, as well (that we are more than happy to clarify for you)! CrossFit gyms are not all the same, so you have to look a little further than just the website cover page. You have to ask yourself what is important to you and get those questions answered.
Here are some things to consider as you search ‘CrossFit Gyms near me:’
- When researching ‘CrossFit Gyms near me,’ consider more than just the price. CrossFit gyms are not a franchise, they are not your giant globo-gym, and not all CrossFit gyms are the same. Compared to your local globo-gym, you might think CrossFit can be ‘expensive.’ It can also be too cheap to be true. You get what you pay for. Expense is relative to what you value and what you get.
Are you looking for just access to the facility and equipment that does not offer much in the way of coaching or service? Then a lower price point might be a good option for you. However, if you are new to CrossFit, I do not recommend this option as some movements are more complex and you may want an experienced coach to teach you these movements with a personal or small group training to make sure you learn correct form and stay injury free.
Are you looking for individual and / or small group training with coaches who continue to work with you and hold you accountable? What about an encouraging community of like-minded people? Then you want to make sure you are having a conversation (we call them ‘No Sweat’ Consultations) with a coach or owner who can understand your needs, answer all your questions and recommend the best plan for you to reach your goals.
- Does the ‘CrossFit Gym near me’ offer Nutrition Coaching? Yes – the best CrossFit gyms offer Nutrition services (not just a generic, one-size-fits-all meal plan for you to follow on your own.) Fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. The quickest way to see fitness results is with both exercise and proper nutrition.
People tend to quit any fitness program if they are not seeing results. The fastest way to feel better, stronger, fitter, faster and achieve the physique you want, is with the help, guidance and accountability of a Nutrition Coach. Why not get the full-service fitness and nutrition coaching from the same place and a coaching team that you trust?!?!
- Does the ‘CrossFit Gym near me’ understand my goals and fitness background (or lack thereof)? Are they willing to work with me around any injuries and modifications I may need? Are they concerned about my safety, my mobility, my overall fitness, longevity and well-being? Will they be willing to help hold me accountable to my goals?
The best gyms understand that FITNESS RESULTS are important. Yes, you want a great workout, but most people want to feel stronger, more mobile, have better endurance, maybe shed a few pounds or gain a bit of muscle. Then they ask, “Why?” It’s good to have a goal. But without a plan and a vision, the goal seems too far and too difficult. Maybe the WHY is: to have energy to play with my kids / grandkids, get better at [enter sport here], reverse or prevent a chronic illness, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, get stronger to recover from or prevent injury, live a long and healthy life where I don’t need help getting off the toilet.
When you come in for your Initial Nutrition Consultation or first Body Composition Analysis, we delve into your goals, your WHY, and make sure you know the tools available to help you see your future, healthy self.
- Will I be safe attending the ‘CrossFit Gym near me?’ Meaning: 1. Are the coaches watching my form, my movement and my mobility to make sure I am doing exercises correctly, so I do not get injured, and: 2. Is the gym kept clean? Is the equipment wiped down and sanitized between uses? Are they practicing physical distancing as much as possible, while still helping people live their fittest lives?
Yes, getting a workout and having the best hour of your day is most important. But you have to ask yourself: Do you want to be left on your own to figure out movements in a class of 30 or more people? Or do you want individual or small group coaching with a coach that works with you to get a little better and stronger each day, while making sure you will not get injured?
And next: Let’s face it – COVID may here for a while. Going to a gym may be the only place you are able to go during the day between work and home schooling. It must feel like a haven. It must be welcoming. We are all in this together and we all have to be respectful of our community. Gone are the days of the grungy warehouse gyms where the floors and equipment (not to mention the bathrooms!) only get cleaned once per year. Is cleanliness and sanitization important to you?
To recap: What is important to you when searching for ‘CrossFit Gyms near me?’ Individual coaching, small group classes, the cleanliness of the facility, nutrition coaching and the higher level of accountability is all a part of the value.
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