FAQ

Q?What is a WOD?
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We refer to our daily workouts as “Workouts of the Day” or a WOD, and these will be updated the night before the workout.

Q?What about cardio?
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Excerpt From The CrossFit Journal with Coach Glassman, Founder of CrossFit.

I know you’re messing with me – trying to get me going. Look, why is it that a 20 minute bout on the stationery bike at 165 bpm is held by the public to be good cardio vascular work, whereas a mixed mode workout keeping athletes between 165-195 bpm for twenty minutes inspires the question, ”what about aerobic Conditioning?” For the record, the aerobic conditioning developed by CrossFit is not only high-level, but more importantly, it is more useful than the aerobic conditioning that comes from regimens comprised entirely of monostructural elements like cycling, running, or rowing. Now that should start some fires! Put one of our guys in a gravel shoveling competition with a pro cyclist and our guy smokes the cyclist. Neither guy trains by shoveling gravel, why does the CrossFit guy dominate? Because CrossFit’s workouts better model high demand functional activities. Think about it – a circuit of wall ball, lunges and deadlift/highpull at max heart rate better matches more activities than does cycling at any heart rate.

Q?What about Abs? You never do crunches…
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Abs “the core” work to stabilize and support the body with most CrossFit movements: squats, deadliest, the olympic lifts, burpees, pushups, pull-ups, etc. These movement patterns place greater emphasis on the abs working in concert with the rest of the body and will result in stronger muscles than the isolation of crunches.

Q?Do I need any experience or a minimal level of fitness to do CrossFit?
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No! Thats the great thing about CrossFit. It is for EVERYONE! Our workouts and exercises are scalable to fit any fitness level. CrossFit movements focus on functional movements that are essential to every day life for all walks of life. It benefits everyone to learn proper fundamental movements and mechanics to help avoid injury.

Q?I am an endurance athlete, should I do CrossFit?
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Yes! Many endurance athletes have found great benefit from supplementing their endurance training with CrossFit workouts. Russ, one of our owners is a cyclist, Ironman triathlete and runner, has a lot of experience with the benefits of CrossFit for endurance sports. CrossFit will deliver a broad, more general fitness than what your endurance sport will offer you. It will also allow you to cut back on your mileage therefore easing up on your joints and muscles from the stress that long distance training places on them. We would be happy to help you design a training program that works CrossFit into your endurance training that will help you excel at your goals.

Q?I don’t want to be big and bulky.
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There is a common misconception that lifting weights will give people (especially women) big bulky muscles and shoulders. To build bulk you have to lift heavy ROUTINELY which is not something we do on a frequent basis. We concentrate on building strength but heavy days are not our main focus. Another factor to consider is that most muscle building also comes with eating an extremely high calorie diet. CrossFit will help you tone and build lean muscle mass, but you won’t look like a body-builder, we promise. We can adjust each workout to help you meet your INDIVIDUAL goals.

Q?I’m used to spending hours in the gym…how is CrossFit going to give me what I need with the short workouts?
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We strongly believe that you can get a phenomenal workout in under 30 minutes. Much of the current research is showing that shorter duration with higher intensity workouts are the way to see the greatest results. It all boils down to the intensity. Generally the longer the effort, the lower the intensity. If you run 10 miles your intensity is going to be lower than if you run 400m sprints. CrossFit workouts do go beyond 30 minutes at times but we limit these to specific times in the programming. The more intensity that you have in a workout the better the results you are going to get.

Q?What if I don’t want to be an athlete, I just want to be healthy?
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You’re in luck. We hear this often, but the truth is that fitness, wellness, and pathology (sickness) are measures of the same entity, your health. There are a multitude of measurable parameters that can be ordered from sick (pathological) to well (normal) to fit (better than normal). These include but are not limited to blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, body fat, muscle mass, flexibility, and strength. It seems as though all of the body functions that can go awry have states that are pathological, normal, and exceptional and that elite athletes typically show these parameters in the exceptional range. The CrossFit view is that fitness and health are the same thing. It is also interesting to notice that the health professional maintains your health with drugs and surgery each with potentially undesirable side effect whereas the CrossFit Coach typically achieves a superior result always with “side benefit” vs. side effect.

Q?Why is a membership more expensive than a normal gym or health club?
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The short answer is “it’s not.” The cost of local gyms and health clubs don’t include personalized small group training. They have thousands of members and you are just a number. They collect your membership dues and don’t care if you come workout or not. At Big Mountain CrossFit you will experience individual attention, detailed training in your movements and encouragement. Our main focus is YOU and YOUR goals. Your experience will be unlike any that you have had at a normal gym or health club, you are part of a community and we strive to help you achieve results. (If you don’t show up, YOU WILL GET A PHONE CALL).

Q?Your workouts look really tough. What if I can’t do a movement or if the weight is too heavy?
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We design our workouts under the assumption that a lot of people might not be able to complete them as written (or RX’d). The WOD is made to challenge an elite athlete but we scale it to YOUR level. Our goal is to see people move correctly and through a full range of motion before adding weight and upping the intensity. We change the weight used, rounds, repetitions and distances to fit your abilities.