What is a typical CrossFit Class like?
Our classes all last an hour and we maximize our time to the fullest. We start by leading you through various warm up and mobility drills to prepare the body for exercise. We continue by discussing the workout and demonstrate the various movements involved. After reviewing and practicing the movements as a group, we begin the workout. After the workout if time permits we finish with various stretching and cool down exercises.
I am coming to Gadsden and would love to drop-in at Brute Fitness. Can I and how much does it cost?
Here at Brute Fitness CrossFit we love drop-in guests. We understand that sometimes life requires you to travel and we want to be there to help make sure you don’t lose any of those gains you have worked so hard for. If you’re in the Gadsden area for a few days come WOD with us for free. If you’re planning a longer stay let us know and we will be glad to work out a price for you. Please just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org before hand and let us know when you’re planning on coming to work out and how many may be coming with you and a little background about your current CrossFit training. We will always encourage the purchase of one of our awesome Brute T-shirts as well!
I can’t do CrossFit because I don’t want to aggravate back or neck pain from previous injuries.
Numerous clients of ours have come through the doors with previous injuries or tweaks and found relief from the pain by strengthening the muscles around the problem area. All too often people neglect exercising their low back due to fear of injury. Because of this they end up deconditioned, weak, and more susceptible to injury in the future from minor mishaps which is usually what happens. Taking part in CrossFit will provide you a buffer so that you are less susceptible to these kinds of injuries. The movements and workouts are all completely scalable allowing anyone to take part.
Since you don’t follow the CrossFit.com programming, what are your goals when programming for the gym?
CrossFit.com provides excellent programming. At Brute Fitness Crossfit, we take the same approach with constantly varied movements and workouts. We choose to offer workouts that may be more easily scaled in group settings and address some of the needs/desires of our community. You are guaranteed to have one day/week be heavy loading to help address strength demands. We also like to provide people with a longer workout each week so they can get their “endurance” bug fed. Another approach that we have is to address weaknesses the gym may have as a whole. Things like overhead squats, olympic lifting, or basic technique with bodyweight movements. Our philosophy is the same as HQ (constantly varied, functional movement at high intensity). We just try to meet some more specific needs of our community.
Can I get a good workout in under 30 minutes?
Yes, this is absolutely what we strongly believe in. More and more research shows that shorter duration/higher intensity workouts yield higher benefits/results. Basically, it just boils down to hard work. But the truth is, the longer the effort the lower our intensity. If you run 10 miles your intensity (power output) will be lower than if you run multiple 400 meter sprints. Brute Fitness CrossFit does go beyond 30 min on occasion, but the majority of our workouts are shorter in duration. If you have a shorter workout, you can work harder by nature which can lend to a better response, especially combined with the movements we do. No matter whom you are or what workouts you do, without hard work you will not receive results, which is why we encourage you to work to the limits of your physiological and psychological tolerances.
I am afraid I will get too big and bulky!
In order for people to get bigger, especially women, there are two things that you would have to make a concerted effort to do. One: pick up very heavy weight on a frequent basis. This is not something we do. Yes, we are very much concerned about your strength and we do lift heavy some days. But this is not our main focus. Two: eat an extremely high calorie diet. For most, to gain productive muscle mass takes quite the effort in eating the right foods in a high amount. This is also something that we do not focus on. The majority of the workouts we do provide your muscles with more contractile potential and not hypertrophy (muscle mass).
I have heard you can get hurt doing CrossFit, is this true?
You can injure yourself in any activity, but CrossFit is safer than many activities people perform every day. We like to work with people in 3 stages. First: mechanics (learning how to do the movements with correct technique), Second: Consistency (the ability to do the movements over and over again with safe and relatively efficient technique), Third: Intensity (the speed at which you do the movements). One does not come before the other. We always start with Mechanics.
I have to get in shape first before I start!
This is a common misconception. The most elite athlete can come into the gym and find a workout challenging. You will never be “fit” enough. That’s why we are here and offer scaling options for each individual so that you can thrive in each workout on a personal level. Fitness is a lifelong journey; we are never really “there”.
I feel it is too expensive, is this true?
Our rates are actually less expensive than any other group led workout programs in our local area. The reality is with the quality of instruction you get from our trainers, it is personal training at a fraction of the cost.
I have heard CrossFit is really hard, is this true?
CrossFit is as hard as you make it. We encourage people to push to the limits of their own tolerances but only you can make the most out of your own workouts with the amount of work you put into them.