So you’re looking into joining a CrossFit gym, but you’re not sure if it’s worth it compared to a regular gym, or possibly which one to choose (lucky you if you have options!)
We’ve put together a guide to help you decide what’s best for you!
1. It’s more than price and location
Sure one gym might be cheaper and closer but in our opinion, a gym with an awesome community is worth the extra 10-15 minutes drive. CrossFit is highly social and the culture in each gym is completely different so if you have the opportunity to try out a couple, we highly recommend it! Find out which members and coaches you vibe with and who you’re going to look forward to seeing (nearly) every day.
And as for price, depends what you want out of it. If you’re an excellent programmer with beautiful form who just wants access to equipment then maybe a normal gym is ideal for you. But if you’re looking for more personalised coaching to give you results fast, then it may be worth shelling out a little more.
At CrossFit 249, we pride ourselves on service. We know each and every member and we know why they’re here. We offer group classes and personal training to ensure that everyone gets exactly what they need to make progress on their fitness journey.
2. Ask yourself if they understand your goals
CrossFit is an entirely different model.
In fact, we were initially told we would fail because we didn’t want more than 100 members. But where regular gyms run on an ‘as-many-as-possible’ model, we like to keep our classes small because we work on a results model.
We set each member up for success by having a goal-setting session with a member as soon as they walk in. We call it a No-Sweat Intro bit.ly/249intro where we can find out our members’ deepest wants and desires.
Are you looking to lose weight? Gain strength? Tone up?
That’s the secret sauce to making progress. Why do you want to lose weight? Is it because you have a family history of chronic disease? Do you want to get stronger to make everyday tasks easier? Are you looking to build fitness for other sports?
If no-one sits down with you and asks you ‘why’, then they don’t truly understand you. And like Dale Carnegie said, “the deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
You deserve a gym that appreciates you!
3. Do they offer nutrition coaching?
Yes! A good gym should offer nutrition coaching!
Nutrition is the foundation of the pyramid and accounts for about 80% of the progress people make. If your gym isn’t talking to you about nutrition then they’re missing out on a huge piece of the puzzle.
People quit gyms when they don’t see results. If you want the fastest route to results, you need good nutrition and exercise. Why not find a gym where you can get both?
So don’t just toss out some search terms and sign up with the first gym you find on Google Maps. Your health is worth your due diligence.
Inspiration provided by Rob Connors at SignumCrossFit.com.