How do I get started at CrossFit Long Haul?
For anyone who would like to find out more, check out our gym or if you are ready to get started with us, we first book a No-Sweat Intro session. Visit the schedule page below to find out how we run our intro’s in more detail, but basically this is a chance for us to meet you, discuss your goals and help you find the right programs and path to suit your individual needs.
I’m not sure if I’m ready/fit enough for classes, what other options do I have?
We hear this a lot and we understand your concerns. While we are committed to making our classes available for beginners through to experienced members, we also know classes are not for every body. Sometimes people come with a history of old injuries, are starting from the very beginning or are just a bit nervous about exercise all together! That’s fine and that is when personal training is the perfect answer. Just you and your coach working on your exact goals, at your pace and fitness level. You can always move to classes later down the track if you wish!
Is everyone who does CrossFit really fit?
No way! We are always working with a very wide range of fitness levels. We always have new members, people who have been training for a while but are still learning, a few quite impressive athletes who have been doing it for years, and everyone in between. The best part is we were all new once! And everyone loves to see you succeed, from your first push-up to a PB on your squat – whether its 20kg or 200kg!
Wht kind of equipment do you use at CrossFit Long Haul?
We use a wide variety of equipment in CrossFit to match our wide variety of programming. In our gym you will find weightlifting equipment such as barbells, kettlebells, deadballs, dumbbells, weight plates and sleds. You will also find gymnastics equipment such as gymnastics bars, rings, parallettes, ropes and more. We also use cardio equipment such as airbikes, rowing machines, ski-ergs. Of course we use our own bodies for running, jumping, pushing, pulling, climbing, crawling and anything else you can think of!
What if I can’t do something written in the workout?
Don’t worry, think of the WOD in its written form as the end goal. We write the workouts to inspire and challenge you. However, you will find that probably 80% of the time people are scaling something.
“Scaling” is when we do a slightly regressed version of an exercise that has the same benefits, like building strength or skill, so that eventually you will be able to perform it in full. For example, a muscle-up is one of the hardest movements in CrossFit, most of us start with a jumping pull-up, then a kipping pull-up, then a chest to bar pull-up, and eventually we will be able to do a muscle up.
In any one class, you will find people doing different levels of movements or different weights to suit their fitness and provide them their best possible workout.
Is CrossFit dangerous?
Every sport and fitness routine has its risks. But when it comes to general exercise such as CrossFit – the benefits should always outweigh the risks. This is certainly true at CrossFit Long Haul. We ensure all members have appropriate coaching and support. All members learn movements at their own pace, only adding weights or advancing skills when the coaches believe they are ready. Providing you listen to your coaches and don’t get caught up in your ego and try something silly – your risk of hurting yourself is low. We are training in a controlled, coached environment.
I have an injury – can I still start CrossFit?
Definitely! Your coaches will advise you towards exercises that will benefit your injury and also exercises you can do to avoid aggravating your injury. CrossFit covers so many different things that we will always be able to find you a good workout even if you have an arm, leg, or shoulder out of action! If you’re not already going, you can expect us to send you to a qualified and helpful health practitioner to get you back to training in full ASAP. If you are concerned, then we do recommend you seek medical advice before performing any physical activity.