CF ALTADENA FAQ

What is CrossFit?

“CrossFit is the strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.

Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.

I am coming to California and would love to drop-in. Can I and how much does it cost?

CrossFit Altadena loves drop-in guests.  Give us a call to speak with one of our trainers.

I have heard you can get hurt doing CrossFit, is this true?

You can injure yourself in any activity, but CrossFit is safer than many activities people perform every day. Numerous clients of ours have come through the doors with previous injuries and found relief from the pain by strengthening the muscles around the problem area. All too often people neglect exercising due to fear of injury. Because of this they end up unconditioned, weak, and more susceptible to injury in the future from minor mishaps which is usually what happens. The movements and workouts are all completely scalable allowing anyone to take part.

We like to work with our members in 4 one on one sessions. First: mechanics (learning how to do the movements with correct technique), Second: Consistency (the ability to do the movements over and over again with safe and relatively efficient technique), Third: Intensity (the speed at which you do the movements). Fourth: Nutritional Assessment to optimize your fitness goals.

Can I get a good workout in less than 30 minutes?

Yes, this is absolutely what we strongly believe in. More and more research shows that shorter duration/higher intensity workouts yield higher benefits/results. Basically, it just boils down to hard work. But the truth is, the longer the effort the lower our intensity. If you run 10 miles your intensity (power output) will be lower than if you run multiple 400 meter sprints. CrossFit Altadena does go beyond 30 min on occasion, but the majority of our workouts are shorter in duration. If you have a shorter workout, you can work harder by nature which can lend to a better response, especially combined with the movements we do. No matter whom you are or what workouts you do, without hard work you will not receive results, which is why we encourage you to work to the limits of your physiological and psychological tolerances.

I am afraid I will get too big and bulky?

In order for people to get bigger, especially women, there are two things that you would have to make a concerted effort to do. One: pick up very heavy weight on a frequent basis. This is not something we do. Yes, we are very much concerned about your strength and we do lift heavy some days. But this is not our main focus. Two: eat an extremely high calorie diet. For most of us to gain productive muscle mass; it takes quite the effort in eating the right foods in a high amount. This is also something that we do not focus on. The majority of the workouts we do provide your muscles with more contractile potential and not hypertrophy (muscle mass).

I have to get in shape first before I start?

This is a common misconception. The most elite athlete can come into the gym and find a workout challenging. You will never be “fit” enough. That’s why we are here and offer scaling options for each individual so that you can thrive in each workout on a personal level. Fitness is a lifelong journey; we are never really “there”.

I feel it is too expensive, is this true?

Our rates are actually less expensive than any other group led workout programs in our local area. The reality is with the quality of instruction you get from our trainers, it is personal training at a fraction of the cost.

I’ve heard that CrossFit is really hard?

CrossFit is as hard as you make it. We encourage people to push to the limits of their own tolerances but only you can make the most out of your own workouts with the amount of work you put into them.