Great Bay CrossFit FAQs

Below are some of the most commonly-asked questions pertaining to our operations here at Great Bay CrossFit. If you do not see your question answered here please do not hesitate to contact us – we’re happy to help!

Q: What do I have to do to get started?
A: Look here for all of those details!


Q: How much does a membership cost at Great Bay CrossFit?
A: Our membership options are outlined here. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification on membership rates and options.


Q: What is the difference between Great Bay CrossFit and other CrossFit affiliates?
A: We feel there is a great deal that sets Great Bay CrossFit apart. Take a look!


Q: Can I do CrossFit?
A: Yes! Without exaggeration, we have had clients ranging from 18 – 66 years old work out together in our group program. Chances are that you fit into the 18-66 year old demographic, and you could fit in here at Great Bay CrossFit too! Our coaches will make sure that movements and workouts are scaled to your ability level and that you are set up for success.


Q: Isn’t it really intense?
A: Keep in mind that the stuff you see on the Internet is posted by people who want to show themselves off on the Internet. And if you see the CrossFit games on TV, those are the top athletes in the world attempting events that are designed to test them in many ways. That’s not what most CrossFit affiliates look like, and certainly not on a daily basis. Now don’t get us wrong – if you want to make progress with your fitness, then you need to be prepared for some hard work. There’s no way around that. But we make sure you are working hard in a way that is appropriate for your abilities and goals.


Q: Do I need to get in shape before trying your program at Great Bay CrossFit?
A: No! That’s what you want to try CrossFit for, right? CrossFit gets you in shape! Here’s something we have confirmed over the years: people who try to “get in shape before trying CrossFit never actually “get in shape” or “try CrossFit. Don’t be one of those people. Get in here and you’ll be better off in a few weeks than you will be in months of “getting in shape for CrossFit”.


Q: Don’t a lot of people get hurt doing Crossfit?
A: Ah, the big one. Yes, it’s true that CrossFit has reputation for causing/allowing more than it’s share of injuries. Whether or not this reputation is warranted will probably require more studies to be done. What is true is that there is some risk with any workout program or athletic endeavor, and CrossFit is not different. What’s also true is that CrossFit is still a young sport and fitness movement, and it has experienced some growing pains. However, it’s very important to keep in mind that all CrossFit affiliates are not created equal. They are all independently owned and operated, and may go about things very differently. At Great Bay CrossFit, the health of our clients is a top priority, and we take many steps to protect it that most CrossFit affiliates don’t. Take our word for it: it’s no good for anybody if we always have clients getting hurt!


Q: What should I wear?
A: Normal gym clothes. Shorts or athletic pants, t-shirt or tank, and sneakers. Flat sneakers, with a fairly solid sole, are best for strength training since they provide a good base of support.


Q: Do I need any equipment?
A: Not at first, beyond what was just mentioned. If you stick with CrossFit for a while, you’ll quickly get a feel for the few pieces of equipment that are typically used – that comes at a later date, though…first you must get started!


Q: Do all CrossFit affiliates do the same workouts?
A: No. All CrossFit affiliates are independently owned and operated, and typically have their own unique program and methods. CrossFit HQ (the central, governing body) operates, but they provide little oversight or regulation of affiliates, which is why it’s critical for you to do your homework and choose the best gym for you.


Q: How often do I need to workout to accomplish __________?
A: This is tricky to answer. It is dependent on a number of factors, including your ‘training age’, training history, athletic background, health/injury history, goals, lifestyle, external stress, and more. And all of these factors are sort of moot points if you are constrained by your schedule or budget. We most commonly suggest at least 3 workouts per week for a client who is making Great Bay CrossFit their primary athletic/exercise focus. However, we don’t try to force a square peg into a round hole, which is why we offer so many membership options and encourage you to contact us to discuss what is best for you.


Q: (From a female) I don’t want to get “bulky”. Will I end up looking like this?
A: It’s very, VERY unlikely, especially if you don’t want this look. This issue has been covered at length all over the Internet. Consider that there are countless men out there who work like hell to put on just a couple pounds of muscle, and fail catastrophically more frequently than not. For a woman to achieve a very lean, muscled look like this, it requires years of commitment, hard work, drive, and focus on attaining just that goal. Now, especially if you are new to strength training, it’s likely that you may put on small amount of muscle mass, but that’s a very good thing.


Q: What do the colors mean in your workouts?
A: The colors, such as “Black Group”, “Green Group”, etc designate different modifications of the same workout. The Black Group is typically the most advanced workout variation (“prescribed” or “Rx” variation in CrossFit speak), and the Green variation would involve some suggested modifications to the more complex or advanced movements. This might be appropriate for somebody with an existing injury or with some movement restrictions/limitations. The bottomline is that we want to set everybody up for success by giving them a workout alternative which is appropriate for their goals and abilities.


Q: What happens if I need to put my membership on hold?
A: We try to be as accommodating as possible. Our policy is that we will put a membership on hold for up to two months to accommodate an injury or personal/financial hardship. At that point we still are willing to swap the individual to a new membership, if necessary.


Q: Can I cancel my membership?
A: We certainly prefer you don’t. A commitment is a commitment, and we ask you to hold up your end of the bargain while we hold up ours. We provide an uncommon trial opportunity, and then there are still short term membership options which give you a great chance to determine if GBCF is for you. We want to help you reach your goals, but we know firsthand that it takes time and ask that you remain committed. That said, we can’t force you to stay, but if you choose to back out of your membership commitment, we will apply a 1-time cancellation fee.

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