FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get started on finding out about this program?
The first step: get information by reading the "What is CrossFit?" page and the linked PDFs, and look at the videos. Also take a look at "What to expect" and "Get Started", and browse the web by searching "CrossFit" and "functional fitness" or anything you might think applies. Since civilized life has made us fairly sedentary, it often comes as a surprise that learning how to move is a key component of fitness, so education is a strong part of what we do. As well, the main CrossFit website (see link on home page) gives much more information. The second step would be to try it out; CrossFit Wildlife offers a free intro session: a sample workout. You can register for this simply by contacting us via email or call 604-568-8826.
Does everyone have to do the Fundamentals course?
The Fundamentals course is mainly for beginning CrossFit clients, if you are an active CrossFiter just jump right in. If you have previous experience in CrossFit or other forms of functional fitness you can contact us and let us know about your past experience and current fitness levels.
What can I expect in regular classes, after I finished the Fundamentals course?
You will graduate to regular CrossFit sessions, typically this will involve a warm-up, followed by a skills/development segment, the Workout of the Day (WOD), ending with stretching. Expected duration is between 45 minutes to an hour maximum. Additional elements may be added by the Trainer as weaknesses are identified for individuals or groups. The programming varies in 3 or 4 week cycle: one being a build up: emphasis on skills and strength, followed by a cycle of similar duration focusing on all round performance. Each week is based on 3 days on and 1 day off, 2 days on and 1 day off. We program most of our workouts internally, some are sourced from the previous week's CF HQ WODs. We tailor the warm ups and development sections to the needs of the group. Workouts will rarely be repeated with the exception of benchmark WODs and assessment type workouts such as the CrossFit Totals, or the Wildlife Decathlon, these you will encounter about 2 to 3 times a year.
Can I do my own workouts at the gym?
The gym may offer open sessions when circumstances permit. You can contact us with any ideas you may want to try at our gym, and we'll see if we can accomodate you..
How are workouts managed?
The Trainer sets up the WOD, and starts with an overview of the workout reviewing technical aspects and critical areas of movement and energy management that will be monitored. As the workout progresses, the Trainer will direct instructions and corrections to specific individuals, overtime, clients acquire technical competence and often direct corrections to fellow participants as well. Clients are expected to reset the equipment or assist in putting it away.
What's this elite stuff I read and hear about?
The tag line for a number of CrossFit facilities and the main website is "Forging Elite Fitness". This can be construed as meaning that the program is directed to elite athletes only. Far from it, the program is focused on bringing genuine fitness to the broadest audience possible. The root of the programming is based on intensity training and functional movements which are used by elite athletes, essentially elite fitness principals are tailored for all.
Who can participate in workouts?
CrossFit Wildlife aims to appeal to a broad range of people, across a variety of age groups and cultures. As workouts can be scaled to individual capacities, no one will be left wanting for a good workout. If a client's capacity and fitness level differs significantly fromt he group's the trainer will discuss alternatives offering a better fit.
Do I need to do some training before I start attending?
As CrossFit will provide the quickest way to get fit, using other methods to get to a minimum level of performance is not as effective as jumping right in. The key principle of scaling workouts to individual levels will lead you to successful development. CrossFit is for people seeking different levels of fitness for various reasons. Each one should keep an open mind however; as the results come in and you see yourself change, your goals may become more ambitious, even if you are entering from a modest fitness level.