Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I DROP IN? YES! If...
- You have experience
- You reserve in advance
First one is always free!
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is based on building strength around constantly varied and functional movements executed at high intensity. We use the whole body to do movements, in a way that closely mimics how you actually use your body on a daily basis. A typical class will involve something like: 10 minute warm up, 10 – 15 minutes learning a skill or a move, 10 – 15 minutes of weight lifting, 10 – 15 minutes of a WOD (Workout Of The Day.) Of course, it’s constantly varied, so you never know what to expect. That’s what makes it fun and never boring. In, out and in pain (the good kind) in an hour.
Why is CrossFit so expensive?
Yes, it’s more expensive than a membership at big-ass globo gym where you will do the same thing over and over and over again. However, at Rocket you’re getting more than a membership. You’re getting intensive coaching, think of it as personal training in a small group. You’re getting complex programming with a plan. You’re getting a variety of highly-trained coaches who are paying attention to you, and your needs. You’re getting workouts modified for your specific needs. You’re getting a community that is committed to you and in the trenches with you to inspire and support you. The larger question is “why do people keep paying, year after year?” That’s easy to answer: Because it works!
Do I have to do it as a class?
Pretty much, yes. And you have to trust us on this. Even if you think you are both shy and misanthropic (we have a bunch of people who think they are those types, by the way,) this is the kind of thing that is boring as hell to do alone, but oddly inspiring to do with other people. A typical Crossfit workout lasts between 10 – 20 minutes, and is very intense. There is just something about the energy of all the other people doing it that pushes you along. That said, you can set up individual sessions if you really and truly must. We charge you a pretty penny for them, at least partly because we really want you to do the class thing. We have worked with many people one-on-one until they felt comfortable joining a class – and we will do it for you too.
Can I Just Drop In Once In A While?
Technically, yes, but it probably won’t work, and you probably won’t get much out of it. First of all, it takes more than that to see a difference in your strength and your skills. But it also takes more than that to form the habit, to feel connected to the community. To really change your life. We hear the same things over and over. “But I don’t want to do the same thing all the time.” We don’t want you to either, which is why the core of CrossFit is "constantly varied." You will not get bored, and you'lk be stronger for your other sports and activities. Trust us. Give us 2 months and see how you feel. Really.
But NO, WE DO NOT HAVE PUNCH CARDS. You can do drop-ins, or join. That's just how we do it.
Do I have to be fit to start?
No. No. No. No. No. You have to want to GET fit, you do not have to BE fit. We have more than one story of weight loss of more than 60 pounds. We have more than one story of people who thought they’d never be able to get in shape again after an injury. We have more than one story of people who just aren’t “the fitness type,” who found both fun and fitness that they didn’t think was possible.Everything we do is scalable. Look, very few people arrive at our gym able to do even a single pull-up. That’s normal. Most people also can’t deadlift their body weight. Also normal. A year later, however? Pretty much everyone can do all that and more.
Do you all eat like freaks?
In general, we will offer you guidance and opinions about your diet, if you ask for it. We will also lend you books from our library, and you can chat with other members on our private Facebook page. We do believe that diet is an integral part of fitness, and we’re more than happy to share our opinions with you. However, we also love beer and ice cream, and are humans. We don’t shoot for perfection, and we don’t expect you to either. And honestly, most of us at the gym just eat like “normal” people.
Is this a cult?
Okay, we hear this a lot, so, we’re gonna have to go with, “yes, it’s a cult.” The good news is, we do bacon rather than Kool-Aid. The reason people get obsessed with CrossFit is because they feel totally amazing doing it. It changes lives, and it’s pretty hard to shut up about something changes your life for the better, in such a huge way. It’s like when you fall in love and all you want to talk about is how amazing your new love is.
That said, there is no weird initiation, we don’t want your first born, and the only higher power that we want you to serve if YOURSELF. Fine, we’ll be a cult. But we are the cult of YOU. So join up, serve yourself, worship yourself, and discover the higher power that is yourself.
Can I just try it to see if I like it?
Yes and no. We have FREE COMMUNITY WORKOUTS the 2nd Sunday of every month. That's a great way for you to get to know Rocket. Those workouts are written specifically so that someone with no knowledge of Weightlifting can do them safely.
But to really "try" CrossFit, you have to try it for 2 months, with our Blast Off program. Those classes are at 7:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday night, starting the first Tuesday of the month, and running for 3 weeks. After that, you have unlimited classes for the rest of that month, and then entire next month. All for $200, which is the price of a 1-month unlimited membership. About 75% of the people who do our Blast Off month end up joining our gym.
You can come watch a class, if you have no CrossFit experience. That said, if you watch a full-on class, you might find it intimidating, you just have to trust us that we prepare you for that. And that everyone you see was a (scared) beginner at one point.
Will I get all muscley and weird looking?
It is seriously hard to build those puffy-looking muscles that you see in fitness magazines. Most of those people enjoy some combination of obsessive time commitment, supplements, maybe steroids, and way more neurosis than any of us have. Thankfully. But yes, you will see a fast and definite change in your muscle mass. People tend to lose fat and build muscle fairly quickly, and seem pretty darned psyched about it. We work hard to help members focus on how their bodies feel and what they can do, rather than what they look like. We have had members lose pants sizes, and gain pants sizes. In all cases, they were totally happy about it. More importantly, we've had people tell us they love their bodies for the first time, which means way more to us than any size or skill. We can promise that you’ll focus a lot less on what you look like, and a lot more on what you can do.
How do I get started?
Just sign up, then walk through the door. Or email us if you have any more questions. We're super nice people, we care, and we'll make it easy for you. Well, the working out part might still be hard, but we'll make the scary parts as easy as we can.
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