I was recently asked this question by a friend of a friend who knew I owned CrossFit Magna. The definition of CrossFit is constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements across broad times and modal domains. That's fancy speak for we do lots of different exercises and some of our workouts are short and some of them take a long time. So, while we may not offer a shakeweight class, we do have days where we are focused on single modalities such as running, biking, rowing, or Olympic lifting.
Perhaps the meaning behind the question was, do you offer any classes where athletes don’t have to work hard. The great thing about CrossFit is that each class is individually scaleable. So, while I believe that intensity (with proper movement) speeds progress, it is possible to have a fun class and get a great workout without exerting maximum effort. So in this regard, CrossFit is no different than other popular fitness programs. During most spin classes, some people are not working at maximum capacity. In most yoga classes, some people are not flowing or posing to the best of their abilities every time.
So what is it about CrossFit that was so intimidating to the person that asked me this question? Maybe it is the language that the movements. It is common to hear CrossFitters talk about WODs, AMRAPs, burpees, wall balls and snatches. I would argue that this is not that much different than spin and yoga. Yoga definitely has its own language. When you take your first or tenth yoga class there is a good chance you won’t understand a lot of what the instructor says. Spin classes are the same way. During your first few spin classes you might not know when to get on your bike, how to clip your shoes in or when to stand up and sit down on your seat.
So why then are people intimidated by CrossFit? It must be the results right? I often hear from people when they arrive for their first class that everyone looks so fit. I smile and thank them. Then I remind them that most people did not look or move like that when they started with us. When choosing a fitness program you should surround yourself with people who look and move how you want to look and move.
If you know someone who would benefit from our program, why not introduce them to CrossFit Magna and offer to take a class with them. Maybe your offer will be enough for them to finally start down the path to health and fitness.