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FAQs to help you get started at CrossFit West Seattle

Q: I’m new to CrossFit, what should I expect?

A: Expect CrossFit to be challenging. Often the most rewarding things in life do not come easy! If you show up every day with a Can-Do attitude, you will leave feeling accomplished, strong, and refreshed. CrossFit will push you outside of your comfort zone but it will be very rewarding even though it might seem uncomfortable at times. CrossFit can be technical so be patient with the journey and expect to learn a lot. 

Q: I’m ready to GO! How do I get started?

A: First step is to email us at info@crossfitws.com. Danielle will respond to your email within 24 hours to schedule your complimentary class, Foundations training, or answer any additional questions you may have.

Q: What is a typical class like?

A: A class is 1 hour long. During that 1 hour, you will be active from start to finish. Class with start with a group circle where you get to chit-chat with your friends or get introduced to the members. The goal of the group circle is to get the blood moving and prepare your joints for the upcoming exercises and workout. After the group circle, the class will complete a coach instructed warm-up then move into the strength or skill work for the day. Each class finishes with a workout that can last from 5 minutes to 25 minutes. And we highly encourage a proper cool-down and stretching. Each day there is a cool-down and specific stretching programmed.

Q: I’m a little intimidated, is CrossFit right for me?

A: Starting a fitness program can be intimidating. But the rewards for overcoming your fears are many: weight loss, long-term health, friendship, improved self-esteem and more.

Q: Do I need to be able to do a pull-up?

A: Nope! Most of us start CrossFit not being able to do a pull-up. If doing a pull-up is one of your goals, we will get you there! The coaches on staff enjoy working with members on their goals and seeing their progress. They will help guide you through movements to build the strength or skill to accomplish your goals.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: A smile, water, and YOU!

Q: Do you have showers/changing room?

We have men’s and women’s showers and secure locker rooms. We are lacking in our towel service department but maybe one day! So please bring a towel!

Q: Where can I park?

A: There is ample neighborhood street parking or parking lots nearby.

Q: What is a WOD?

A: The WOD is the “Workout of the Day.” The WOD is the daily workout and it is different every day.

It’s true, CrossFit uses a few acronyms. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to guide you.

  • WOD = Workout of the Day. This is the workout you’ll get when you attend a CrossFit class.
  • AMRAP = As Many Rounds as Possible. Generally, the clock is set to a time cap and you want to complete as many rounds as possible of the workout before time runs out.
  • RX = As Prescribed. Each WOD will have prescribed weights for you to use during the workout, but this is a suggestion. If you need to scale the workout to include lighter weights, do so.
  • EMOM = Every Minute on the Minute. One exercise or a series of exercises is performed for a set number of reps each minute. The time remaining in that minute is rest. Once the minute is up, you begin again.
  • RFT = Rounds for Time. Must complete all the rounds in the workout for time no matter the time you finish in.