FAQ

What will my first time in your gym be like?

Your first time in, we want you to feel comfortable. During your first CrossFit experience, here is what you can expect from our fitness coaches:

  • Facility Tour: One of our awesome fitness coaches will give you a tour of the facilities. This will help you become familiar with the space, equipment, and program before your first session.
  • Goal Discussion: One of the most important things in starting your fitness journey is to set specific goals. You are more likely to succeed when you are held accountable and have something concrete to reach for.  
  • Fitness Assessment: We will do a quick fitness assessment with you as a baseline, so we can track and compare your progress throughout the program.
  • Expectations: Our fitness trainers will walk you through what to expect from each of our different training programs as well as how you can optimize your results outside of the gym.
I DON’T WANT TO BE EMBARRASSED WHEN I START BECAUSE I’M OUT OF SHAPE. SHOULD I WORKOUT ON MY OWN FIRST?

We accept all levels of conditioning at our Orlando CrossFit gym, and many people start in your shoes. Everyone has a starting point. No one at our gym will turn their nose up at you because you are out of shape. We have a friendly and welcoming environment that will embrace you and guide you to your goals. Additionally, prior to beginning our CrossFit program, you will go through the CrossFit Independence Elements courses, which will help prepare you for the group workout of the day (WOD).

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?
You should wear comfortable athletic clothing and athletic shoes (sneakers).

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO CLASS?
You should bring a towel and water bottle. We will have filtered water available at the gym for you.

HOW LONG ARE THE CLASSES?

The classes are 1 hour long and include a warm up, skill/strength/mobility session, WOD, and cool down.

WHY DO CROSSFIT GYMS CHARGE MORE THAN NATIONAL CHAIN GYMS?

Most CrossFit gyms in the Orlando area charge $100-200 per month for memberships depending on the type of membership you sign up for. The constant direction and teaching CrossFit gyms provide to the clients is something that cannot be found at the globo gym. Compare a similar service (that does not produce nearly as many results as CrossFit) like personal training that can range from $50-100 an hour to your CrossFit gym membership. If you do the math and consider the results, you will see the CrossFit gym is the most economical and efficient approach to attacking your fitness goals.

WILL WEIGHTLIFTING OR CROSSFIT STUNT MY CHILD’S GROWTH?

No. In poorly designed programs that are not closely supervised, increased injuries could be seen. As researched and reported by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, there has not been any reported growth plate fractures causing a stunt in growth attributed from lifting of weights in children.

I DON't THINK MY CHILD IS OLD ENOUGH TO LIFT WEIGHTS BUT PLAYS OTHER SPORTS. IS THIS TRUE?

Our program is not a “strong child competition”. Our program emphasizes speed, balance, coordination, and general physical preparation. Each child moves at their own pace and we do not pressure them to exceed their current abilities. The kids use weights that are usually significantly below what some would refer to as a 1 Rep Max. Additionally, the kids train with kilogram weights and kids weightlifting equipment so small increments can been placed on the bar. At other Gyms kids are limited to 5lb increments. Kilogram weights fit the needs of kids that require smaller jumps in weight through their workout. A majority of the time as a rule, if the children are capable to play recreational or competitive field or court sports they are able to participate in weightlifting.

Why is your gym more expensive than other gyms?

Instead of solely weighing the costs when it comes to choosing where to workout, you have to ask yourself what your fitness goals are. Of course, the gym at the end of the block for $20/month or your home treadmill will be less expensive, but if those methods are not helping you reach your goals, then what is the point? It is easy to skip the gym and sit on the couch when you are not held accountable. 

At CrossFit Independence in Orlando, our professional coaches give you the personal attention that you need to improve and succeed. When you are surrounded by a group of like-minded people who cheer on your successes and encourage you every day, working out becomes a lifestyle instead of a dreaded task. Essentially, you are investing in your life, which is absolutely priceless. 

What exactly is CrossFit?

At CrossFit Independence in Orlando, we have created a fitness program that will change your life. By its definition, it uses “constantly varied, functional movement performed at a relative high intensity”. It is a functional training program designed for any and all fitness levels. The difficulty level of our daily workouts can easily be increased or decreased depending on where you are in your fitness journey and how you feel on that specific day. If you are not feeling 100% or are extremely sore, take it down a notch. If you have a lot of energy you need to burn off, try going up in weight and take it to the next level.

Core conditioning, sprinting, rowing, lifting, and gymnastics are just a few examples of what our daily workouts include. And all our workouts are designed to improve overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance, and agility.

How often do you recommend I come to the gym?

It is best to begin your CrossFit journey gradually. If you are new to fitness, we suggest coming three days a week for the first few weeks. Once that becomes your new normal, you can start building up to four or five. After you are comfortably up to five days per week, we advise building in two recovery days each week. 

I’m not in very good shape… can I do CrossFit?

CrossFit does not discriminate. Whether you are completely new to fitness or regularly train for marathons, our experienced trainers will help you achieve your fitness goals.

When you walk into our Orlando CrossFit gym, you will realize just how unique our community is. There is no one “CrossFit body”. Regardless of age, shape, or size, our workouts have modifications up and down, so people of all fitness levels can do them. From elite athletes and firefighters to CEOs and stay-at-home parents, everyone is equal when they walk into our gym. 

Yes, anyone.

I heard that CrossFitter’s use their own language, can you help me with the terms?

Sure! This is a great link that will help get you started – http://greatist.com/fitness/ultimate-guide-crossfit-lingo.  However, do not be discouraged if you do not know what everything is; we will walk you through all of it! 

What’s your drop-in policy?

We love when new visitors stop by to see how we do things here! There is a drop-in fee of $20 per day or a week-long punch pass for $60.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled class time to sign a waiver. We will also show you around our gym! You can find our class schedule here.

The CrossFit experience may be a little different than what you are used to at your neighborhood gym. It is important to keep workouts fresh, so we hope you enjoy the change of pace and atmosphere!

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