Here are 8 tips on how to choose the right CrossFit/small box gym for you!
Here are 8 tips on how to choose the right CrossFit/small box gym for you:
1. Ask around.
The first step to finding a great gym is to simply ask the opinions of your trustee family and friends. A recommendation from someone you trust is a great way to identify a highly skilled, helpful coaching program.
2. Map it out.
Since you’ll be utilizing your gym nearly everyday, it’s important that the location is somewhere convenient to you. If your gym is conveniently located, you’ll be more inclined to keep appointments and workout times more often.
3. Do a quality check.
Chances are you wouldn’t hire someone to make repairs in your home without doing a little research into the quality of their work. So why would you choose a gym without doing the same?
You can do some simple research by utilizing tools like Yelp, Facebook and Instagram to check how others have rated your gym of interest. You can also check their website to ensure that they present a quality and professional environment.
Finally, check to see whether the coaches are certified and continue to invest in education. It’s a requirement for all CrossFit coaches to have at minimum a CrossFit Level 1 certification. Having other certifications and degrees is a huge plus!
4. Place a cold call.
First impressions can be game changers. You can tell a lot by phone etiquette and response time.
5. Ask about logistics and consider scheduling an in-person meeting.
We recommends asking questions during your initial call, one that provides a sense of how the gym runs. How does your program handle new athletes? When are your next available appointment days/times? Can I email you schedule an appointment?
You will get a sense of organization and how seriously the gym owners view new athletes. The more accommodating and responsive they are, the more typically they will give insight into how they onboard new athletes.
6. Keep your needs in mind.
Every person has unique needs, and those needs change as people progress from novice exerciser to a more seasoned athlete. What’s important is that the program is inclusive and completely scalable for all fitness levels.
7. Look at the bigger picture.
Developing, improving and maintaining fitness is a lifelong process. Whatever program you decide to go with,it may take some time before it feels comfortable for you. Exercise should be challenging, develop all the 10 general physical skills, and focus on mechanics, consistency, and finally, intensity. All of these are learned skills and take time to develop.
*10 general physical skill:s: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
8. Have fun and be apart of the community.
Whether you like exercise or not, the gym you are involved with should make great efforts to make the classes fun and encouraging.
Lastly, the culture and community should lend itself to an easy transition for you as a new athlete while you make the effort to involve yourself. You are who you surround yourself with so surround yourself with likeminded people who have similar goals.
Find a gym today and start on the path to becoming a better you!
Fitness is a lifestyle supported by a strong community.