General Crossfit Related FAQ's
In short, no. Because every workout can be scaled to each individual’s fitness level, anyone can join in on the fun! We regularly have people that have literally never worked out a day in their life right next to a person who has worked out their whole life – and they are doing the exact same thing, just scaled appropriately to their respective fitness levels. The only requirements are that you have a positive attitude, a willingness to work hard, to learn new things, and have the desire and passion to let us help you reach your fitness goals. You will succeed and see great results. We want to coach anyone desiring to get into the best shape of their lives.
Training at CrossFit Mercenary will produce results. We realize how busy everyone’s lives can be and know there are other places to train, so we’re not out to waste your time. Because you are committed to us for that session, we will give you the utmost professionalism and coaching, motivate you to reach your physical potential, foster team building, camaraderie, and ensure you have fun while doing it!
It is impossible to predict exact rates at which individuals may progress. Everyone progresses at different speeds and in different ways as the body makeup has the ultimate control. Progression depends first and foremost on the commitment to us and consistency in the training session, but also on gender, age, health histories, genetics, nutrition, sleep habits, life stress, work and school. I know, I know, you’re just looking for a concrete answer. Honestly, we’ve found that about the 4-month mark is the place where most people start to really see marked results. The reason is two-fold: one, the movements we do in here are fairly high skilled and take a good amount of time to master. Two, it takes time to ingrain good workout AND nutritional habits into your daily life.
Without proper nutrition, your body will not be able to withstand the workouts or activities of daily living. Regardless of your fitness goals (increased strength, weight-loss, special race/event, etc.), nutrition is the driving force behind these ambitions. Establishing proper eating patterns will not only fuel your body for the workouts but aid in energizing it throughout your day. Failing to get your nutritional intake in check will result in slowed progress with our program. The basic concept behind eating the right things in the right portions is simple: Eat meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruits, minimal amounts of starch and NO sugar.
What about cardio, will I need to do extra stuff outside of the gym to keep my stamina and endurance, or to burn more fat?
In short, NO. The idea/theory that you need to do slow, steady state cardio exercise in order to burn fat is long since disproven. While it does work, it is incredibly inefficient and detrimental to your overall fitness. There is a boatload of research that shows what a superior advantage anaerobic activity has over the traditional ‘cardio’ model, not just in terms of strength, speed and power output but also the ability to develop cardio capacity or ‘endurance.’ Coincidentally, the factor MOST responsible for weight loss in controlled experiments is absolute power output, or rather "how much work can you do in a given amount of time."
This is mostly directed at the ladies. CrossFitters do not adhere to anyone training system but incorporate them all to ensure that you increase your endurance and flexibility as well as your strength and speed. Many women contemplating an intense workout program such as CrossFit are concerned that they will build too much muscle. In reality, this is not likely.
For the fellas, the size you want to gain or lose will be largely determined by your nutrition.
The beauty of CrossFit is that it develops a very broad base of fitness to make you capable of handling any task that life throws your way.
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