FAQ

What is WOD? WOD stands for “Workout of the Day.”

What is the Class Structure like?

Classes are approximately 1 hour. The first 15-20 minutes are dedicated to warm-up and mobility work. We then go over the WOD, review the 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 for cool-down and/or skill work.

How long will it take to see results?

This really depends on how hard YOU are willing to work. Someone that is dedicated and wants results instantly can achieve it them fast. If you are willing to change your nutrition and start exercising immediately, then you could achieve results in just a few short weeks. The average person can start to see physical changes in 4 weeks. Members often get other changes much quicker. They experience more energy throughout the day, better sleep, better focus, and less stress after only a few sessions.

Is CrossFit for health, athletic performance, weight loss, or aesthetics?

CrossFit is a complete regimen that will improve health, athletic performance, body fat loss, and build strength all in one. Whatever your goals are, CrossFit will help you achieve them faster.

Do I have to be in great shape to take CrossFit classes?

No, not at all, there is a common misconception that CrossFit is for elite athletes. The truth is that it is for everyone. Sure, we say that we are “forging elite fitness” and we are. This means that you start the journey where you are today. And, if you stay on our path it’s likely that you will get in to the best physical and emotional shape of your life.

Our community is comprised of competitive athletes, former athletes, working professionals, people that had never stepped foot into a gym before and people with physical ailments and limitations. Allow us to guide you in the journey to the best shape of your life.

Is CrossFit for athletes only?

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

How does CrossFit improve my athletic performance?

CrossFit is perfect for athletes. Our goal is to make you a complete athlete by targeting all 10 general physical skills: Cardio- Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Speed, Power, Coordination, Accuracy, Agility and Balance. Most traditional training methods only target a few of these skills. The most important part of CrossFit for athletes, is that we use functional movements, Olympic lifts, and gymnastics to propel you to your next level. CrossFit will also improve your mental toughness. Our workouts will push you mentally every time, which gives you an advantage over non-CrossFitters. CrossFit is known as the “sport of fitness.” Each training session will feel like a competition; which carries over into your sport. Being able to perform while you hit that mental wall and when fatigue sets in can be trained. Learn how to eat right, get stronger, more explosive, move faster, increase flexibility, and increase mental toughness to become a complete Athlete!

Will I get bulky doing CrossFit?

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 every day.

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 than we do here at Polarize CrossFit. Have no fear of getting bulky, I promise you it won’t happen; just Google search CrossFit Women and take a look.

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.

I can’t do CrossFit because I have back problems and/or knee problems. (Other Injuries)

Many people hurt 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 a 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, or Press you may need to start considering if independent living is safe for you.

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

CrossFit is safe when done correctly. In the Fundamentals course 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 isn’t really used in real life. Now, when was the last time you saw someone deadlift in real life? Pretty recently I bet. Picking up anything from the ground and bringing it to your waist? Yep, that’s a deadlift!

What is the difference between doing the workouts on my own and doing them at Polarize CrossFit?

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 help 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 as the bad habits are ingrained in your muscle memory.

You may be missing the warm-up, cool down, and fun time. We focus on warm-up, skills and cool-down daily. We also work on mobility and stretching for re-habilitation and injury prevention.

A big part of CrossFit is the 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 chain gym. When you walk in, you will see a bunch of people with I-pods. 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.

What makes CrossFit different than other gyms?

CrossFit is about variance and adaptation. We “program” our workouts for General Physical Preparedness, or GPP. We don’t have leg days, back- and bicep days, or cardio days. We believe the body is a whole system, and we strengthen it as a whole.

Our coaches also give you basic education in diet and nutrition. We believe that nutrition is the foundation of health and fitness and know that how we feed our bodies determines how quickly we achieve the results we want.

So for you, in a short time, this means that you’ll be a better runner than the best weightlifter, a better lifter than the best marathoner, and more physically prepared for anything in your everyday life. Plus you’ll live in a healthy body with a strong, lean physique.

The best part is that every workout is led by a qualified coach and you’re joined by like-minded people who want to be and feel better.

What can I expect after my first CrossFit workout?

You will feel successful and be part of a community of athletes, many of whom you did NOT expect to be CrossFitters. You’ll have a better understanding of how classes are run and the method behind what we do. And it’s likely you will have learned new things, be a little bit “sore” and excited to come back for more.

What’s the drop in policy for out of town guests?

Just come in and we’ll take good care of you. Our drop in fee is $15 or if you are going to be in and out of town frequently we can do a 10 workout punch card. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before classes to complete your paperwork. That’s it! Be sure to let your coach know your level of experience with CrossFit-style training, if you have any limitations or are still at a beginner level. Call us for more details.. We are flexible!

What is your policy for membership cancellations?

Polarize CrossFit allows you to cancel your membership at any time for any reason, provided you give us 30-days’ notice.

What’s your Lost/Stolen Item Policy?

Polarize CrossFit cannot be held responsible for the loss or theft of personal items left in the facility or your car while parked in our out of our parking lot. We keep lost item in a Lost and Found Basket at the Front Reception Desk. Ask a staff member to sift through it if you’ve lost something. Unclaimed items left for more than 60 days will be donated to a local shelter/charity.