Want to find out first hand what CrossFit is all about? Watch this short video and then contact us to schedule a free intro! We’ll talk with you about your goals and specific needs, and answer all your questions! And for the supremely curious, the rest of this guide answers our most frequently asked questions and shows you step by step how to get started training with us.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a health and fitness program that achieves a very broad, general fitness that is applicable to everyday life. CrossFit won’t make you the best in the world at any physical skill, but it will make you pretty good at every physical skill. CrossFitters don’t run 4:00 miles or squat 800 pounds, but they might run 5:30 miles and squat 400 pounds. Every athlete is different. However, the ultimate goal is the same for all of us: increasing our level of fitness and health for a better life. CrossFit is the most effective way to achieve a greater level of fitness and health. If that statement sounds bold–it is. We welcome anyone to show evidence to the contrary.
What is CrossFit Impulse?
CrossFit uses some equipment and methods that regular gyms don’t provide or sometimes don’t allow. Therefore, the best way to practice CrossFit is at a CrossFit affiliate like CrossFit Impulse. CrossFit Impulse is a CrossFit gym serving the city of Madison, Huntsville, and northwest Madison County. We are located in a 2900 square foot facility on Castle Drive, near the intersection of Highway 72 and Slaughter Road. We do two things every day at CrossFit Impulse: we advance our fitness and we have a great time doing it. If that interests you, then check us out.
Why should I CrossFit?
I’m hesitant to tell people how they should live their lives, so let me tell you why I CrossFit. I CrossFit because I want to live a long, healthy, active life full of rich experiences. I want to be capable of any task life might throw at me. I want to spend my limited time on this earth unencumbered by sickness and able to tackle any challenge. That is why I CrossFit, and CrossFit enables every one of those goals. If you’d like to read more about our philosophy of fitness, check out the About Us page.
Don’t you have to be really fit to start CrossFit?
Absolutely not. CrossFit is infinitely scalable to any ability level. CrossFit has successfully trained the elderly who struggle to walk across a room, the obese who have 100 pounds or more to lose, and even kids. CrossFit is a method, not a pass/fail system. Your physical condition right now is irrelevant to whether you are “ready to start CrossFit.” It’s OK if you’ve looked at the workout of the day (WOD) and thought “I can’t do that.” Performing the WOD as prescribed is meant to challenge the fittest athletes. Most people scale the WOD to their ability level. At CrossFit Impulse we help you find a scaled version of the WOD that’s right for you. We can also work around any injury. CrossFit is the path to fitness, not the result of having already achieved it.
Is this really safe?
Yes. We operate on a principle called mechanics, then consistency, then intensity. First we teach you the mechanics of a movement, and then we always refresh everyone on correct movement patterns before each workout. Then we look for you to display the correct mechanics consistently. If you can’t get consistency, then we lower your load or otherwise alter the required movement to something you are capable of. Finally, after you have the mechanics and consistency with those mechanics, we then introduce you to intensity. We never throw you into something you aren’t ready for, and you are always in control.
How Do I Get Started?
Check out the diagram below to learn all about how to get started training with us!
Most people have no CrossFit experience when they start training with us, and that’s OK! We offer a series of eight classes called Fundamentals to get you started. In Fundamentals you’ll learn all about CrossFit over four weeks. You’ll get gradually introduced to all our movements, equipment, and methods. You’ll also learn about our nutrition program, determine how often you should train, and get all your questions answered! You can read more about Fundamentals here.
If you are coming to CrossFit from another athletic activity such as weightlifting, running, or yoga, then you might be interested in our Fast Track course. You can read more about our Fast Track course here, or talk with us about it during your free intro and evaluation.
What should I bring to Fundamentals or Fast Track?
The only thing you need to bring to Fundamentals is yourself, in exercise clothing.
How do group classes work?
After you complete Fundamentals or Fast Track then you’re ready for our regular group classes. Training at a CrossFit gym is a blend of personal training and group exercise classes. At CrossFit Impulse a trainer conducts each class. The trainer helps you determine the right workout of the day (WOD) for you based on ability level, injuries, and any other relevant factors. Each class performs the WOD together while the trainer gives individual attention to each athlete. The trainer will lead the warmup, refresh everyone on proper movements and standards, coach each athlete for proper range of motion and safety, and encourage each athlete during the WOD. You’re not paying for a simple gym membership. You’re paying for a personal trainer, nutrition counselor, and motivator that actually gets you results! Workouts are generally timed or measured in some way. In CrossFit every class is a friendly competition, both with ourselves and others, so we compete for the fastest time in the class. Not only does this push you to greater achievement, but it’s also a lot of fun! But this isn’t competition like you may have experienced before. This is competition where you cheer for and encourage your opponent–where you celebrate with your peers when they outperform you, and they in kind respect your effort to beat them. You simply have to experience it to understand…so why not give it a shot?
How much is this going to cost me?
We have a detailed explanation of our rates here. Remember, this is a totally different product than membership at a traditional gym. The environment is different, the community is different, and most importantly, the results are completely different.
When are your classes held?
You can find a complete schedule of all our classes here.
Can I workout at some time outside the scheduled class times?
Our training is generally structured as group classes where all participants perform some version of the same workout. However, we also offer “open gym” from 12:30-3:30 PM every Friday afternoon to give you a chance to get feedback and coaching on anything you’d like, or just do your own thing using our equipment.
Do you have child care?
CrossFit Impulse creates partnerships with local child care providers for our athletes to use while training with us. Call us to find out more about what we can offer. For unexpected situations we allow a “mulligan” once per week, meaning you can bring your child and have them wait in our waiting area. However, we cannot allow athletes to bring their children to class on a regular basis. This policy is for the safety of your child and the experience of our athletes. We value all our athletes and respect their family obligations, but children simply shouldn’t be in the vicinity of swinging kettlebells and dropped barbells unless they are under direct supervision. No matter how much we would like it to be so, you cannot fully focus on your workout and fully focus on supervising your child, and an inbetween solution for either is just not optimal.
What should I eat?
How often should I workout?
That greatly depends upon your goals and existing level of fitness, but somewhere between 3-6 times per week. Read our article here to determine the schedule that’s right for you.
Will this stuff make me bulky?
Weightlifting by itself will no more make you bulky than occasionally running a few miles will make you win the Boston Marathon. Becoming “bulky” generally requires consuming huge amounts of food and ignoring many aspects of total fitness–neither of which we practice or recommend. We perform weight training, sometimes with heavy loads, and our results have been nothing but strong, fit, lean physiques. Honestly, this question usually comes from women. The truth is this: as a lady, unless you plan to shoot up with steroids and consume five bags of bagels per day, we couldn’t make you bulky if we tried. Furthermore, both women and men who “become bulky” put in endless hours of training to do so. Another ugly truth is that most people don’t have the motivation and dedication to make themselves “bulky” even with a deliberate plan to do so. If you’d like to read more about common misnomers, I suggest our article on why “toned muscles” don’t really exist.