HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT CROSSFIT GYM
You may be brand new to CrossFit and just checking it out for the first time, or you may be a CrossFit veteran that is looking for a gym you can excel at. Whichever category you are in, it is important that when choosing a fitness facility that you evaluate some key factors. Below is a list of what many CrossFitters find important, and how we feel we, at CrossFit Steele Creek, set ourselves apart from other area fitness facilities. We recognize that CrossFit facilities are very different then your traditional gym settings, and often each CrossFit can vary tremendously from one another. Although we strive to be the best, we acknowledge that we are not the best fit for everyone, and there will be some people that will not be a good fit for our facility either.
CrossFit, just like any other fitness program requires you to SHOW UP! It is important to pick a location that is convenient to you. Check for locations not only near your home and work, but also along your commute between. CrossFit Steele Creek is conveniently located in Southwest Charlotte in the Steele Creek Area. We have convenient hwy access to I-485 and I-77. Keep in mind that location is just one factor. We also have several members that will drive past other facilities to go to a facility that meets other needs for them. For more information on our location click here.
You will find that CrossFit gyms vary greatly from traditional globo-gyms. You won’t find rows of cardio equipment and weight machines that only each perform just a few isolated actions. Instead you will find free weights, barbells, kettlebells, pull- up bars, dip bars, jump ropes, plyometric boxes, medicine balls, rowers, etc. It is important that there is plenty of equipment for each class. At CrossFit Steele Creek we have plenty of equipment and space that will allow for multiple programs to be going on at once. Come see for yourself!
LAYOUT, APPEARANCE, & SIZE OF FACILITY
The layout and appearance of the gym should be clean, neat, organized, inviting, and shouldn’t feel cramped. The size of the facility can also play a big part of this. Cramped small spaces can present safety hazards if there are too many people in a class. Although, we can tell you from our experience of starting out in a 1600 sqft. gym; that this can be accomplished in even a small space with organization, good utilization of outdoor space, and proper class scheduling. Now that we have grown to just shy of a 12,000 sqft. training facility, the largest in CrossFit affiliate in Charlotte, we still apply the same organizational skills and class scheduling principles to make sure equipment is easily found and utilized, while also providing a safe workout environment.
Make sure to check the facilities class schedule. Unlike a traditional gym you will receive professional coaching and programming every time you come to the gym which requires you to come at a scheduled class time. See if the facility you are interested in has a variety of class times that fit your schedule. At CrossFit Steele Creek we offer a many of class times, and are always open to suggestions of additional class times, if we have several members that can attend. Ask if the facility you are looking at also has a variety of additional specialized classes available, not only the general CrossFit classes. At CrossFit Steele Creek we also many specialty classes in effort to create a well rounded athlete and give members the opportunity to specialize in a particular strength and conditioning endeavor. To see our current class schedule click here.
Due to equipment, space, and types of members a facility has, most gyms do not follow the exact programming on CrossFit.com. Some gyms have strength bias in their programming and some have a metabolic conditioning or endurance bias in their workouts. Some may predominately program short workouts, and some predominately long workouts. At CrossFit Steele Creek we attract everyone from strength to endurance focused athletes, and have a variety of coaching expertise on our staff. That is why we focus on varying our programming as much as possible. We strive to incorporate all aspects on a weekly basis and constantly vary strength, metabolic conditioning, as well as vary the length of the workouts often. Our goal is to always keep our members and their bodies guessing what is going to come next! This keeps our workout results from plateauing and boredom effect from setting in. To see the workout of the day click here.
The thing that we feel sets apart the regular CrossFit gyms from the premiere CrossFit gyms is the coaching staff. The ugly truth is that in theory someone could take a weekend course, pass a test, and be able to call themselves a trainer. At CrossFit Steele Creek we require that all of our coaches have at least one year of CrossFit training and have been a member of our facility prior to coaching at CrossFit Steele Creek. In addition, each potential coach follows our intern process prior to joining our staff.
As gym owners, and Chiropractors; in addition to being CrossFit Certified we have a great focus on form and injury prevention. Therefore, we have also chosen coaches that can demonstrate a great understanding of making corrections to form, and can modify workouts appropriately for members that are just beginning training, those with injuries and those rehabbing from injuries. Several of our coaches have backgrounds in the medical field, kinesiology, and exercise physiology prior to CrossFit, as well as several being fire fighters and first responders. Additionally many of our instructors have additional certifications and seminars as we encourage our coaches to constantly add to their coaching skills and knowledge base. For more information on our owners and instructors click here.
NEW MEMBER CLASS
If you are new to CrossFit this one should be particularly important to you. Does the CrossFit gym you are looking at have new member introduction classes? CrossFit is very different from traditional gym training and even the most experienced traditional gym goer often finds benefits in CrossFit introduction classes. At CrossFit Steele Creek we have a 5 class On-Ramp Course that we require all members new to CrossFit to attend. These classes will teach form and function of the typical exercises in CrossFit and strength training as well as acclimate the member into the intensity of CrossFit workouts by starting them out in shorter, scaled down workouts. This is to give the new member a knowledge base of correct form on exercises before entering regular group classes as well as ease them into a new type of training allowing their bodies to adapt more quickly. For more information on CrossFit Steele Creek’s On-Ramp Course click here.
If you are new to CrossFit, this part of the gym may be very different to you as well. CrossFit workouts are designed to get you to push yourself with others and tends to develop a camaraderie among members. CrossFit Steele Creek is not the place that you push your ear buds in and walk by nameless people everyday. We are not here to chat during a workout, but to work hard and to push and learn from each other. This is a place where you will get to know the other members and coaches as they will help the new members get settled into CrossFit style workouts, and will be there with you to cheer you on when you are struggling, or to cheer you on an awesome day when you’re setting a personal record. At CrossFit Steele Creek we encourage these relationships, as they help keep you accountable and wanting to come to the gym each day. We also have several social events throughout the year for the whole gym to get together and promote our CrossFit Steele Creek community. To see our Facebook Page click here.
Do you need to bring your children to the gym? This maybe a big determining factor for you. Some gyms offer child care, some have a kids room, some just let your kids come in, and some don’t allow kids at all. At CrossFit Steele Creek we do not provide child care at this time, but we do have a kids room that your children can play in while you workout. Please keep in mind this room is provided so the kids have a safe place to play and do not run out on the gym floor that can be dangerous during a workout, and you are still responsible for the supervision of your child. CrossFit Steele Creek does also offer CrossFit Kids classes in which children 4-12 can attend. The classes are supervised and instructed by a certified CrossFit Kids instructor. For more information on CrossFit Kids click here.
There are several factors that can affect the cost of a membership of a CrossFit gym including the location and size of the facility, the amount of classes and types of classes offered, the amount and quality of the gym equipment, and the experience and accessibility to the coaching staff. We acknowledge that we are not the most inexpensive facility in the area, but we feel once you compare our facility to others you will quickly see the value in what we offer. For more information on our membership information click here.
DOES IT FIT YOU?
After weighing out all of these factors there is one more big question you should ask yourself. Where do you feel the most comfortable? Where do you feel like you fit in the most? Next to home and work, if utilized properly the gym should be the next place you see the most!
If you have further questions about CrossFit Steele Creek we are here to answer them for you. Just give us a call at 704-714-7775, email us, or better yet stop in and talk to our owners, coaches, and members. Everyone will be happy to help answer any of your questions! Click here for all of our contact information.