You’ve heard of CrossFit.
Maybe you’ve seen fit people lifting big weights on Instagram. Maybe one of your co-workers goes to CrossFit after work every day. Maybe you even have friends who won’t stop talking about it (yup… they drank the Kool-Aid).
The chart above is an interesting tool from Google. It shows the popularity of search terms dating back to 2004 using a relative index, with 100 indicating peak popularity. A reading of 50 means the term is half as popular compared to that peak.
But before you go down the Google rabbit hole, consider these four things 4 when searching for “CrossFit gyms near me.”
Number 1: Consider more than just price and location in your decision.
When choosing a gym, price and location are often the deciding factors. In my opinion, and the opinion of lots of Cobra Command CrossFit members, a great CrossFit gym with an awesome community is worth the extra an extra 10 or 15 minutes on the road.
CrossFit is a social activity and every gym has a different culture, and you should find a gym whose coaches and clients you connect well with. At Cobra Command, we have 3 main values that drive our culture: Courage, Commitment and our cornerstone, Community.
We want to foster a culture of courage: Helping to ensure the quality of mind and body to face life’s difficulties and dangers without fear or adversity. Building confidence, self-esteem, physical strength and mental toughness. We want to help you establish commitment: Committed to reaching your goals, identifying appropriate benchmarks, providing accountability and support to help you achieve your goals, in the gym and in life. And our cornerstone, Community. Providing an amazing, supportive group of people with similar goals to you. A place where you can do more than just workout: maybe create friendships, foster family fitness, and get some accountability for your goals. A group of like minded-people, bonded by sweat. The moniker C3 means so much more than just our name… it is our culture, our belief system and who we are.
Yes, CrossFit can be expensive. But Guess what? It can also be cheap.
But here’s the thing…. you get what you pay for. So you need to ask yourself what you’re looking for. Do you just want access to equipment and not much in the way of service or coaching? If that’s the case, then maybe the lower-priced option is good for you. If you are new to CrossFit, however, I don’t recommend this route. The movements can be complex and you’ll need quality coaching. Been crossfitting for years? Odds are you also need coaching to challenge you to get to your full potential. A gym with seasoned coaches that have worked with athletes of all levels will help you step up your game.
At Cobra Command, we pride ourselves on client service. We provide our clients everything from one-on-one personal training services to individualized nutrition coaching, which has a higher price point. If you want a higher-value service that provides faster results than group classes, you should consider a CrossFit gym that provides one-on-one personal training.
Love the push of large group classes? We have that too. But we limit our class sizes to ensure you have expert coaching in that environment, and leave better every single day. New to CrossFit? New to Cobra Command? We also start all C3 members with personal training so you can join our classes both safely and confidently- knowing our coaching methods, having a plan to reach your goals, but also what modifications are appropriate for you to be safe in the group environment.
Number 2: Ask, “Do the CrossFit boxes near me understand my goals?”
The most successful CrossFit gyms should understand the wants, needs and desires of their clients. Here at Cobra Command, we have a mission statement specifically for our workout program: To provide, safe, fun and results driven programming every single day. We use metrics to help us drive workout plans, balancing safety and results. Exercise can be a risky thing, but with expert coaching and programs designed with options for all levels, you can get the results you are looking for.
The best gyms in the business understand that we are in the results business. The worst gyms in the business think we are in the “get-bodies-in-the-door” business. They also likely think results come from workouts that destroy you every single day.
The path to results begins with a goal-setting session when you first walk in. We call ours a No Sweat Intro. Good gyms will ask you what your goals are. Do you want to lose weight? Gain strength? Get toned? Feel better in your skin?
Now, here’s the secret—the great gyms will ask you WHY.
Understanding the “why” is very powerful in setting any goal. Is it about more than just losing weight? Does your family have a history of chronic disease? Do you want to get stronger so you can play with your grandkids? Do you want to be able to use your fitness outside of the gym in activities like golf, swimming, kayaking or hiking?
If no one sits down with you and talks to you about your goals and your “why,” then they don’t truly understand you. And like Dale Carnegie said, “the deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
You deserve to find a gym that appreciates you!
Number 3: Ask, “Do the CrossFit gyms near me offer nutrition coaching?”
Yes! You read that correctly! The best CrossFit gyms in your area should offer nutrition coaching. Here at Cobra Command CrossFit, we are home to a top tier nutrition program that is helping people around the world, called Functional Eating. Check it out at www.functionaleating.co
Despite the fact that what we read on the internet is usually correct (that’s a joke– LOL!),
CrossFit is not about heavy barbells and kipping pull-ups. It’s about improving your health and fitness.
CrossFit defines fitness in 100 words: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean-and-jerk and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics; Pull-ups, dips, rope climbs, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstands, pirouettes, flips, splits and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc. hard and fast. Five or six days per week, mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”
That was a lot to throw at you. Just note that the first 26 words are all about nutrition.
In any health and fitness routine, nutrition is responsible for 80% of the results. We see it in our clients all the time. Those who do nutrition coaching see 3.5 times the results of those who just exercise.
People quit gyms when they don’t see results. If you want the fastest route to results, you need good nutrition and exercise. So why not find a gym where you can get both?
Number 4: Ask yourself whether you’re searching for a “CrossFit gym near me” or a “CrossFit personal trainer near me.”
If you’re new to CrossFit, I highly advise that you start in a one-on-one personal-training environment. Fitness can be intimidating. You will feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t get lost in a sea of terminology and equipment you don’t understand.
A CrossFit gym in your area that offers personal training is the best place to start. You may even find that you enjoy the one-on-one environment more than group training. Here at Cobra Command, that is where all new members WILL start- so we can customize and personalize your experience to YOU, so you can learn at your pace, at your level, in a safe and fun environment.
CrossFit is a training methodology. Group training and personal training are the means with which it is delivered.
At Cobra Command, we both offer personal training and large group services. We find personal training is best for the following:
- Clients dealing with a pre-existing injury.
- Clients new to CrossFit.
- Older clients that might get neglected if put in a group class with 20 and 30-somethings.
- Clients who want to make sure they’re performing the movements correctly.
- Clients who don’t like a group setting.
And we find that Large Group Services is best for the following:
- Clients who want to workout with lots of friends (5+)
- Clients who like the push of others around them (competitive or supportive)
- Clients who know that large group environments are right for them
- Clients comfortable with the CrossFit fundamentals
So don’t just toss out some search terms and sign up with the first gym you find on Google Maps. Your health is worth your due diligence. We here at Cobra Command would love to help you on your journey if we are the right fit for you! Sign up for a No Sweat Intro if you are interested in talking.
In Health & Fitness,
Inspiration provided by Rob Connors at SignumCrossFit.com.