Please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about CrossFit Charlottesville. You can also read CrossFit’s detailed Frequently Asked Questions section. Please contact us with additional questions.
CrossFit Charlottesville is home to men and women of all ages with a variety of athletic and non-athletic backgrounds. We offer small group classes led by certified trainers (at a fraction of the cost of any other personal training out there). Our fitness programming presents athletes of all levels with mental and physical challenges which we know from real-world evidence will produce better results than any other program out there. Please note that we scale our workouts to your athletic ability.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit benefits everyone from the couch potato to the elite athlete. We believe fitness means being able to perform well in different movements and different time intervals. CrossFit athletes can perform well in a variety of different events. Our programming delivers clear results which are measurable and comparable. We burn fat like crazy and create the world’s best athletes with a scientifically-backed, evidence-based approach to fitness. CrossFit is designed around the following concepts:
- Constantly Varied: Routine is the enemy and neglects key development areas. Wonder why you spend hours in a traditional gym with no results? Your body gets really good at doing one routine at the expense of becoming a well-rounded athlete.
- Functional Movements: We mix together functional full-body exercises that mimic you lifting things off the ground, sitting and standing, pulling and pushing in the real world. In the gym this means movements like cleans, jerks, snatches, squats, pullups, deadlifts, muscle ups, rowing and running, because your body is made for them.
- Done at High Intensity: Our workouts rarely last longer than 20 minutes because, based on firm scientific research, high intensity training burns more fat and develops strength and conditioning better than traditional training programs.
Want to read more? Check out CrossFit’s “Foundations.”
What Will CrossFit Charlottesville Offer me?
- Small-group, semi-private classes provide a careful and customized approach to your unique fitness abilities and goals
- Certified trainers teach you new functional movements and motivate you throughout the process
- Short workouts lasting typically under 20 minutes
- Organic fitness - use your body’s bio-mechanics, not overbuilt machines, to achieve results that help you in the real world
- Variety – you will not be bored because our workouts are rarely repeated
- Measurable results which improve over time and increase performance in any sport(s) in which you compete
How Do I Get Started?
Visit our “Getting Started” page and come try an introduction class.
How Much Does it Cost?
Month to Month
There are further 15% discounts for families, couples, students and active duty military. Classes cost between $5 and $20 depending on which option you choose.
Do I have to do the Essentials classes?
We strongly encourage new athletes to attend our Essentials classes to learn the fundamental movements in a safe and effective manner. However, if you feel comfortable or have scheduling issues, you can come to any class time that works for you.
What is the Drop-In/Visit Fee?
If you are an experienced visitor coming from out of town, you can do your first visit for free (you can always be nice and buy a t-shirt). Your subsequent visits are $20, but if you are in town for a week or so, we can work something out.
What is a WOD?
We refer to our daily workouts as “Workouts of the Day” or a WOD, and these will be updated the night before the workout.
What is RX?
RX refers to performing a WOD at the prescribed (RX’ed) weight, repetition, and/or time. RX should be used as the highest weight possible and you will likely need to reduce the workout, with the guidance of our trainers, to a level that’s appropriate for you.
What are all the weird abbreviations people use and why do we post on the website?
Rx – “As Prescribed” (WOD performed according to posted weights, reps and movement standards)
# – used to replace “pounds” for weights
PR – Personal Record
1RM – One Rep Max
There are other abbreviations used as well, but you’ll pick them up as you go (T2B = Toes to Bar, PU = Push/Pull Up, etc.).
Also, the website is really helpful for keeping track of progress over time through the use of Trackbacks (links to the last time a WOD was done at the gym) and the search bar. For example, if you see that Push Press is coming up in a WOD but don’t know what weight to do, search for “Push Press” and you can see what you did last time or gauge the weights used by athletes of comparable proficiency.
What if I don’t know a movement or the weight is too heavy?
We design our workouts under the assumption that MOST PEOPLE cannot complete them as prescribed. We want our athletes to learn the exercises safely and that often means reducing the weights to an appropriate level which should be decided upon by one of our trainers.
Why is membership more expensive than [insert name here]?
The short answer is “it’s not.” The cost of Charlottesville’s gyms and health clubs don’t include personalized small group training. They can have thousands of members because they know you won’t use the gym.
Our higher prices reflect our commitment to offering you the best possible personal fitness training in all of Charlottesville. Think about how much small group sessions or personal training sessions cost you ($20 to $100/hour). At CrossFit Charlottesville, we charge our members less than $10 per class which is a great deal.
Remember, we don’t just show you a machine and tell you to use it, we work with you, teach you new movements, focus on your specific goals and make sure that you are reaping the benefits of CrossFit.
I’m a woman. Will lifting weights give me “Popeye” arms and a huge neck?
There is a common misconception that lifting weights will gives women massive shoulders and huge arms. With CrossFit, you will have better tone and build lean muscle mass, but you won’t look like a body-builder, we promise.
I’m a runner, cyclist, golfer, tennis player, etc., why should I do CrossFit?
Every specialized athlete has clear deficiencies. CrossFit will target your weaknesses and improving these areas will make you a dramatically better sport-specific athlete.
What is CrossFit Endurance and POSE Running?
CrossFit Endurance (CFE) specializes in training athletes for long-distance events and dramatically reduces training time. POSE running uses body mechanics and gravity to help athletes run more efficiently, reduce injury and perform better. We’re certified to teach POSE Running and CFE, contact us to learn more.
Is CrossFit a franchise?
CrossFit represents a community of certified trainers and affiliates who have dedicated themselves to developing the best fitness program in the world. We have to pay a fee to use the CrossFit name and all of our trainers have been through official CrossFit certifications. We receive a huge benefit by being part of this community and think it’s well worth it. Unlike a franchise, we don’t have to operate our business in any specific way, so we’ve designed CrossFit Charlottesville with local needs in mind.
Why do you publish workouts for free?
We want to make our programming as accessible as possible to athletes whether or not they workout at our gym. We want to open ourselves up to Charlottesville and hope all athletes can participate in the program. Just be careful with some of the exercises, because you can hurt yourself if you don’t know what you are doing.
How is CrossFit different than P90X?
- P90X only lasts 90 days and is repetitive, CrossFit lasts a lifetime and is constantly varied
- P90X provides standard programming that you learn from a video, CrossFit gives you hands on instruction with certified trainers
- CrossFit creates functional results through constantly varied functional movements practiced at high intensity, P90X practices isolated movements that have little functional value and create little neuroendocrine response
What should I eat?
Put simply, eat fresh vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Minimize intake of processed foods. Start with our Nutrition Basics article. Check our nutrition cheat sheet. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Read “Nutrition Basics for Health and Performance” and “Eating a Zone-Ish Diet” for more information.
What do I eat before and after a workout?
Where do I buy “zone-friendly” beer?
We hate to tell you there is no tooth-fairy, but the sad truth is that beer and alcohol aren’t zone friendly and there is no such thing as zone-friendly beer. That doesn’t mean you can enjoy your libations. Drink and be merry, but just know that too much will harm your health and performance.