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“INTRO” – Introductory Classes
First one is FREE!
If you’ve never tried CrossFit then this class is for you. We hold these throughout the week and the first one is FREE! Click here to schedule your free intro class.
We have 3 different introductory “Intro” classes – A, B and C. We highly recommend that those new to CrossFit attend all 3. They can be done in any order and can be repeated at any time as desired. Talk to any of our trainers for more information. In addition to our Intro classes, we highly recommend new athletes take several of our Olympic Lifting classes in order to have the prerequisite skills to do all our regular classes.
Our 60 minute CrossFit Intro class is as follows:
5 minute tour of our facilities and explanation of what CrossFit is all about.
10 minutes of warm-up.
20-25 minutes of instruction – We’ll cover all the movements involved in the workout, plus you will be taught the basic elements of core CrossFit movements.
10 minute WOD (Work-out of the Day). Don’t be fooled. 10 minutes of a CrossFit workout is the equivalent or more than most 30-60 minute workouts at your regular gym.
5-10 minutes of stretching and cooling down
“CF” – CrossFit All Levels
Our primary CrossFit classes accomodate athletes of all levels and experience, though we do have a few classes that are more specialized or for our unlimited members. Please see our schedule to see all the available classes. We design our programming so that anyone can step into one of our classes and get maximum benefit. Each of our classes consist of 6 parts:
- Warm-up (Static) – At this point our focus is just to get the body moving and getting your muscles activated.
- Warm-up (Heart and Breathing Rate) – Once you’ve activated all your muscles we want to elevate your heart rate and breathing rate.
- Warm-up (Dynamic) – Now that your heart is pumping and muscles have been activated we work on getting you ready for full blown exercise.
- Skill-work and/or Strength Work/Endurance Work – At this point we go over the mechanics of the exercises in that day’s WOD. More experienced CrossFitters will do Strength training or Endurance training. On days with longer WODs we will not do the Strength or Endurance training.
- Work-Out of the Day (WOD) – This is the heart of CrossFit. Steps 1-4 are essential to get the most out of the WOD. Steps 1-4 get you ready to hit it hard and reduce the risk of injury from not being properly warmed up or ready for the mechanics involved.
- Cool-down and stretching – It is important not to neglect a proper cool-down and some stretching after a hard workout. Doing this will go a long way to prevent injuries, improve flexibility and speed up recovery time.
All our WODs are given a difficulty rating – Scaled, Rx or Rx+. Occassionally we will also program something for those at a competitive level. Different boxes/affiliates will use different variations on programming and adapting classes for various levels of athletes. We use this rating system as a tool to help you best select weights, movements, reps, etc. for any given workout. It is a guide to indicate the level of difficulty and/or complexity. We will always an Rx and scaled version, but not all days will have Rx+. And more rarely will we have separate programming for the competitive level. A particular WOD will receive its difficulty rating from a combination of various factors. You may see an easy movement designated as Rx+ because of the amount of weight, i.e. heavy push-press. You also may see a movement designated as Rx+ even though it isn’t complex or heavy, but due to the number of reps which might cause injury to the unprepared, i.e. GHD sit-ups. Additionally, there will be days where we will have beginners learn movements versus doing the strength portion of the class. This is for those that are new to a particular movement or exercise and need to learn it.
You need to evaluate each WOD separately. Just because you do Rx+ one day, does NOT mean you should be looking to do Rx or Rx+ every day. In CrossFit we constantly vary the workouts. On one day you may be familiar with all the exercises at a given level and be physically ready to also perform those movements with heavier loads, but on the next day you may run into a new exercise or one that you haven’t done in a while. We all have our various strengths and weaknesses, and those must be taken into account. Furthermore, you may want to do a lower level if you’ve worked out several days in a row and are tired and/or sore. These ratings are guidelines to help you quickly assess the demands of a particular workout, but in the end you are the one that needs to evaluate the WOD and make sure you are physically and mentally prepared. Never hesitate to ask any of the trainers questions. Also, never hesitate to talk to the trainers about modifying, substituting and/or scaling any WOD, exercise, movement, etc. The ratings are only guidelines. That is the beauty of CrossFit – All our WODs (Workout Of the Day) are infinitely scalable and modifiable.
Scaled – This level involves movements and exercises that are fairly easy to master, and weights which if improperly lifted are less likely to cause injury. Keep in mind that injury can occur just by taking a wrong step. This is about minimizing the potential for injury and by no means a removal of the risk thereof.
- Examples of scaled movements – Sit-ups, air squats, running, rowing, burpees, jumping rope and more complex movements when done slowly and with little to moderate weight.
- Examples of scaled weights – Bodyweight to about 45lbs. or so.
Rx – This level involves movements and exercises that do require a moderate level of mastery to perform safely at speed and/or with weight. This level also involves weights that do require proper mechanics to lift safely.
- Examples of Rx movements – Push-presses, HSPU, deadlift, Back squat, thruster, and more complex movements when done at a moderate pace and with only moderate amount of weight.
- Examples of Rx weights – 45lbs. to around 100% of BW (Body Weight) depending on lift and your age/size/gender/fitness level.
Rx+ – This level involves movements and exercises that if not done properly have a high likelihood of resulting in an injury sooner or later. This level also involves movements and exercises that may not have a high likelihood of resulting in an injury, but are just difficult to master. This level involves weights that require full concentration and proper mechanics to avoid injury.
- Examples of Rx+ movements – Snatch, Clean & Jerk, muscle-up, GHD sit-ups, one-legged squats, ring HSPUs and any simpler movement that is done under heavy to very heavy loads.
- Examples of Rx+ weights – Anything over 100% of BW on most lifts.
Competition – This level involves movements that by their very nature require high skill, full concentration and a high level of overall physical preparedness. This level also includes simpler movements that under a heavy load and/or high reps carry a significant increased risk and require optimal mechanics and overall physical preparedness.
- Examples of competition level movements – Repeated muscle-ups, ground to overhead lifts at speed and with heavy weight, Ring HSPU, 1RM movements at speed, climbing high (15’+) obstacles.
- Examples of competition level weights – Weights where one false move can lead to severe injury or death. This really comes into play when moving 200% or more of BW, especially where it can fall on you like a bench press or overhead movement. Please remember that even 5-10 lbs. can cause severe injury or death, even though this is unlikely except in the case of strange and unusual circumstances or where there’s gross negligence or stupidity. Whereas when dealing with 200%+ of BW injury can easily happen even when everything is done right.
The difficulty level designations are overall guidelines for each individual workout. They are NOT levels you attain. Use them as warning signs of what a particular WOD will require and adjust accordingly. Remember that the difficulty level guidelines are not so much about difficulty in regards to fitness, but more about the skill level required to perform proper mechanics at high intensity. Anyone can get a great work-out doing Rx or scaled. We do encourage people to challenge themselves a little past their comfort zone in order to see growth and progress. There is a fine line between going a little past one’s comfort zone and doing more than one can handle. If you are new to CrossFit, you are advised to play it more on the safe side. After a couple of months of consistent participation you will figure out where you can safely push yourself. Some of the higher skill level movements impart benefits that other exercises simply cannot achieve. A good example of this are the two olympic lifts – The clean & jerk and the snatch. No other exercise will involve more muscles under a heavy load than are involved in these two lifts, and furthermore there are more unique benefits to these two exercises for which we don’t have room to discuss here. Suffice it to say that in order to get the most out of CrossFit you do want to progress to some of our more difficult and complex programming.
A typical 60 minute CrossFit class will be as follows:
10-15 minutes of warm-up
10-15 minutes of skill-work and/or strength training
10-40 minute WOD (Work-out of the Day)
5-10 minutes of stretching and cooling down
“KIDS” – FTX Kids
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These classes are designed for children ages 8-13. The emphasis is on body weight exercises through games, physical challenges, sports, gymnastics and other fun activities. These classes are perfect for introducing your kids to physical fitness in a fun, challenging and exciting way. These classes are limited to 10 kids per trainer to ensure safety and appropriate supervision. Depending on the activities this will be as few as 5 kids per trainer. We need to evaluate children under 10 to ensure that this program is suitable for them. Some younger children may have a tough time with our program and being able to perform the various skills. We want to ensure an encouraging and safe environment by properly assessing younger children. For children 14 and over we recommend starting them in our adult CrossFit classes. We scale the workouts according to skill level and most teenagers 14 and over are more than ready to move up to our various other classes depending on their skill levels.
“BOOT” – Boot Camp
These classes have an emphasis of body weight exercises done at a fast and constant pace. The difference between our Boot Camp classes and other Boot Camp classes is that we teach proper form and technique. We don’t just expect you to jump in and “keep up”. These classes are great for the beginner to the more advanced athlete seeking a great “cardio” workout using the entire body. You’ll feel great after this workout.
“SKILL” – Skill Work Classes
These are 30 minute sessions focusing on a wide variety of skills. See our weekly summary for that week’s schedule of Skill Work Classes. These 30 minutes sessions are held during the first half of a class hour. Participants can then still participate in the main WOD as desired.
“OPEN” – Open Box/Gym
Our members can come in and workout on their own any hour we are open. We have two designated spaces for this: The Olympic Lifting area and the training area by the Front Desk. Please note that you are required to sign/check in for each hour or part thereof that you are at FTX CrossFit. Be aware that “Open Box/Open Gym” is unsupervised and not a structured class. Do not attempt exercises, movements, techniques, etc. with which you are unfamiliar. Serious injury and/or death can occur. Members under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to use the “Open Box” time.
“SPEC” – Specialty Classes
These classes are similar to our CrossFit “CF” classes except they focus on a particular specialty. We cover areas like Olympic Lifting, Endurance, Power Lifting, Gymnastics, Obstacle Course, etc. Please see our weekly WOD post to see what that week’s specialty classes will be.
“Advanced CrossFit” – Competition Classes
These classes are for our advanced members. If you have been doing CrossFit for quite some time and are able to do advanced movements like the muscle-up, BW+ Clean & Jerk, 100+ Double-Unders in a row, etc. and are interested in an advanced competitive environment, then come join us during these classes. The focus for our trainers during these classes is to motivate and push you, often by working out alongside you. These classes aren’t for learning movements and new skills.
Special Events and Lectures
On occasion we will have special events like competitions, off-site WODs, BBQs and other fun activities. In addition, we will also on occassion invite experts to come and teach on a variety of topics like Olympic Weightlifting, rock climbing, nutrition and more. Keep an eye out for these in our FTX News section on the Home page and our Events section.
Private Individual Classes and Private Group Classes
Please talk to us about our options for private training. We’d be happy to schedule 1-on-1 classes at a time that is convenient for you. Individual training is a great opportunity to work on weaknesses or fine-tune strengths. We also can accommodate private classes for athletic teams or other groups. These types of classes are perfect for the development of a training program that has a more sport specific focus.