FAQ’s

Questions about Crossfit

At Great Lakes Crossfit, we encourage our community to ask questions. If you don’t find the answers you are looking for on this page, please be sure to contact us right away… and we’ll get back to you right away. We pride ourselves on excellent communication with our community.

The “WOD” is the “workout of the day.” Each day a new WOD is posted to the website, and it’s part of a complete program designed to improve strength and conditioning. The WOD can be scaled (adjusted) to provide a suitable challenge for athletes at any level.

Abs (“the core”) work to stabilize and support the body with most CrossFit movements: squats, deadlifts, the Olympic lifts, burpees, push-ups, pull-ups, etc. These movement patterns place greater emphasis on the abs working in concert with the rest of the body and will result in stronger muscles than the isolation of crunches.

If you train the WODs hard, eat right and get lots of sleep, you will definitely gain lean mass and lose fat. And yes, you can build muscle mass with the CrossFit protocol.

We consider these references to be utterly indispensable:
CrossFit.com—This site contains a wealth of information, and visitors are encouraged to explore. The CrossFit.com archives contain more than 14 years of workouts, including demonstrations, tips and discussions.
The Exercises & Demos page by CrossFit Training—This page contains an ever-growing library of resources to help you move with virtuosity.
The CrossFit Journal—The CrossFit Journal contains thousands of articles, including seminal pieces authored by CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman.

The short answer: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
To optimize fitness, you will need to measure and record intake, evaluate performance and potentially change intake until the desired results are achieved. This approach to diet is no different than the approach to workouts.

During each class you can expect a qualified instructor to be there to answer all questions that would come up prior to beginning your workout. Each day will consist of a warm up, workout and post workout activity. Warm ups will include dynamic movements to prepare you for the upcoming workout. Some workouts consist of a combination of weightlifting, bodyweight movements and cardiovascular conditioning. Some workouts last only a few minutes, while others will be slightly longer. Post workout activity can consist of light stretching, core activity and/or skill work to improve on other movements.

You should always get clearance from a physician before beginning any physical fitness routine. That being said, if you have the patience, we have the time. Modifications or scaling can be made to any workout in order to work around or to improve any injuries or limitations. Our number one concern is your safety and moving safely through your workout.

No. CrossFit is a broad based fitness program that is designed for all ages and ability levels. Everyone has to start somewhere. Our job is to figure out where that is for you and help guide you along your fitness journey.

It depends on your personal priorities as well as your budget and disposable income. CrossFit affiliates certainly aren’t “cheap,” but for so many people across the world, obviously worth it.  Wth Great Lakes CrossFit you are getting more than a typical gym. You are getting personal attention from a trainer with experience and insight to help you learn how to move properly. You are also receiving world class programming based on years of trial. You are getting a enjoyable, friendly welcoming environment with like minded individuals that are also there to help you achieve your fitness goals.

You should always listen to your body. If you are brand new or making a return to fitness, maybe three times per week is the right number to start. If you are a more experienced athlete, maybe four or five times per week. Maybe you play other sports and you fit in your workouts when available. You may wake up on any given day and feel a bit tired and in need of a day off. Take it, then come back the next day well rested. Feeling great? Come on in and get your WOD on.

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