FAQs

1. What is CrossFit?

CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.

CrossFit is many things. Primarily, it’s a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. He was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way (increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains). CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.

 

 

  1. Why do I have to pay a declined transaction fee when my credit card or automatic bank withdrawal payment is declined?

The most common reason for a payment being declined is that the member failed to update their payment information when their credit card number expired. When our system attempts to process your automatic payment and it is declined, the merchant account provider or bank charge us a service fee. The declined transaction fee also covers the administrative cost of having to manually update your payment info and manually process a bill that was already set up to process automatically.

If your credit card is expiring, you can log in to your account and update it with the new expiry date prior to the payment processing date in order to avoid the payment being declined and subsequent declined transaction fee.

Our experience has been that automatic bank withdrawals are more reliable payment method as credit cards expire (and seem to be more subject to fraud). Changing your payment method from credit card to automatic bank withdrawals could also help you avoid the declined transaction fee.

2. What is the theory behind CrossFit?

CrossFit is an evidence-based fitness program. Meaningful statements about safety, efficacy and efficiency — the three most important and interdependent facets of any fitness program — can be supported only by measurable, observable, and repeatable facts, (i.e., data). The CrossFit methodology depends on full disclosure of methods, results and criticisms, and we’ve employed the Internet as our primary means to support these values. Our charter is open source, making co-developers out of participating coaches, athletes and trainers through a spontaneous and collaborative online community. CrossFit is empirically driven, clinically tested and community developed.

We offer the world’s most useful definition of fitness: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Capacity is the ability to do real work, which is measurable using the basic terms of physics (force, distance and time). Life is unpredictable (much more so than sport) so real world fitness must be broad and not specialized, both in terms of duration and type of effort (time and modal domains).

The magic is in the movements. All of CrossFit’s workouts are based on functional movements. These are the core movements of life, found everywhere, and built naturally into our DNA. They move the largest loads the longest distances so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time (intensity).

By employing a constantly-varied approach to training, these functional movements at maximum intensity (relative to the physical and psychological tolerances of the participant), lead to dramatic gains in fitness. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work/time. The more work you do in less time, the more intense the effort.

In implementation, CrossFit is, quite simply, the “sport of fitness.” We’ve learned that harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means. The late Col. Jeff Cooper observed, “the fear of sporting failure is worse than the fear of death.” It is our observation that men will die for points. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output, but derive both relative and absolute metrics at every workout. This data has important value well beyond motivation.

While it challenges the world’s fittest, the CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.

The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind. Our hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.

3. Why would I choose CrossFit Bolton to achieve my fitness goals?

We guarantee results.  It’s that simple.  No other fitness program is comparable to CrossFit when it comes to results.

4. Are all CrossFit gyms the same?

No! CrossFit has an open business model – we are not a franchise. Individual CrossFit boxes operate under their own philosophy and offer their own atmospheres.

5. What makes your CrossFit gym stand out from the rest?

Training at CrossFit Bolton goes above and beyond merely showing up at the gym. We are committed to a permanent improvement in physical fitness that transfers into our daily lives. We are knowledgeable and experienced and we will guide you and motivate you through every workout.

6. CrossFit looks very challenging. What can I do to prepare before my session?

Although it is true that we train to do very difficult things at CrossFit Bolton, we understand that most people (even seasoned athletes) are not ready to just jump right into a CrossFit workout.  We assess the abilities of all our clients, teach them the fundamentals then ease them into the workouts at a comfortable pace.  Our focus is on safety first, then efficiency and finally intensity.  If you try to get ready for CrossFit on your own, you are much more likely to practice poor technique, over-train or injure yourself, than if you train under the watchful eye of our expert coaches. You don’t get in shape to do CrossFit, you do CrossFit to get in shape.  CrossFit is by far the best and fastest way to get fit. If you do something else in order to prepare for CrossFit, chances are you’ll regret it when you finally do try it. Like so many of us, you’ll wish you had started CrossFit sooner.

7. What are your gym hours?

We are by appointment only. Please email us at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

8. How do I get started?

See our Getting started page.

9. I just want to try out CrossFit, I don't want to commit to long term membership. What are my options?

You can purchase one personal training session at a time. There is no commitment.

10. How do I cancel/re-schedule an appointment that I booked?

The option to cancel or re-schedule your appointment can be found in the original confirmation email you received when you booked your appointment.

11. What is your cancellation policy?

All sales are final. No refunds shall be made for services purchased.

Prepaid personal training sessions and memberships cannot be shared or transferred.

12. I still want to learn more! Do you have any other resources?

Yes, visit the CrossFit Journal which provides you with a wealth of additional information related to CrossFit.

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