Below are some common questions we receive that you may have yourself. We have done our best to thoroughly answer them. Please browse our FAQ below for more information.
Q: What is a typical Class?
A: We coach you to perform functional movements at high intensity, giving you a comprehensive full-body workout in under an hour, including skill instruction, strength building, and metabolic conditioning. Classes are instructor-led and peer-driven, providing an excellent mixture of individual coaching and group motivation. You’ll begin with a directed, dynamic warm-up that gets your joints loose, body moving, and your heart pumping. Then we’ll teach you a progression to learn a complicated physical skill, increasing your body awareness. We move on to teaching you how to perform a single lift safely, and coach you through lifting weight in a way that will increase your functional strength. Finally, we conclude our hour with an intense metabolic conditioning workout (metcon, or WOD) that will revolutionize the way your body produces power.
Q: What is in this workout?
A: Every day is different. Workouts are constantly varied and unique, ensuring that you always make progress and never get bored. We combine elements of boot camp workouts, gymnastics (especially rings and floor work), Olympic weightlifting, rowing, running, and more. Some workouts are done for speed, others for maximum number of reps, all of them are intense, and all are done under our supervision for excellent form. It will be hard, and it will be effective.
The possibilities for fitness are endless: Monday, you could be doing pullups, handstands, and jump rope. Tuesday, you could be doing ring dips, squats, and sprints. We craft our workout regimens to expand your capability to execute functional movements effectively across a broad variety of conditions, so our base for building workouts is nearly infinite – and working out never becomes boring!
Q: How does it work?
A: CrossFit works because we define our goal and structure our program to succeed using effective methods developed and tested through an open-source training methodology. Our goal is creating an athlete that meets a definition of fitness which is broad, general, and inclusive. We refuse to specialize! This general physical preparedness leads to well-rounded athletes and enhances the results of sport-specific training as well.
We help you achieve your specified goals by applying the appropriate training at the appropriate intensity. There is no single tool for every job – but if you never pick up a tool, no job never gets done. Getting started is important. You have to choose that. Then we can show you how to get to your goals.
Find out more about our definition of Fitness and how we measure the goal in this CF journal article from 2002.
Q: Is CrossFit right for me?
A: Are you ready to choose it?
Anyone can excel at CrossFit. You won’t have to lift weights beyond your level or perform movements beyond your skill set. We pride ourselves on working with athletes of all different types and ability levels and making them better across all domains of physical activity… and you might learn something about yourself as well.
To get started at Tough Country CrossFit we recommend that all new members complete our Fundamentals Course. The Fundamentals Course is an introductory program for new members. The only exception is if a member has participated in a CrossFit program and feels comfortable with each of the CrossFit movements.
The Fundamentals Course is an educational program designed to increase your knowledge and technique of the foundation movements of CrossFit. This will help your progression into the CrossFit classes. Regardless of your exercise experience, every athlete is encouraged to attend The Fundamentals Course before participating in Tough Country CrossFit workouts. By becoming proficient with these movements, not only will it allow you to integrate into our Tough Country CrossFit team faster, but it will also ensure that you have a sound understanding of the movements so that your fitness progression will be faster.
The Fundamentals course will be offered Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6:30PM. We encourage all new members to attend the 1 hour fundamental course.