Before you decide to join a CrossFit gym, or “box”, you need to make certain that it is a true affiliate. This ensures the trainers have completed the necessary levels of certification. The good news is CrossFit Hardcore is one of 3,500 true affiliates around the world, so you are in the right place. The bad news is that not every place that says ‘CrossFit’ is a true affiliate. Check up on our status as an affiliate her: crossfit.com/cf-affiliates. Take a few minutes to make sure the people teaching CrossFit movements to you are endorsed and certified by CrossFit®.
COME VISIT US
Once you have narrowed down the (official) affiliates you want to try to take the time to visit. Talk with the trainers, talk with the members. Spend time observing a morning class or an afternoon class. By just being in the space you will learn a lot about class structure and the trainers personalities.
THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT
Although the fundamentals of CrossFit are the same wherever one goes, it is safe to say no two boxes look the same. What matters most is that you feel comfortable in the space. Is it clean? Is the equipment easily accessed? Is there room to move around? Don’t ignore a small gym: some boxes are tiny but very well organized, and a smaller box equates to smaller class size. Most boxes don’t have a wall of mirrors (if any at all). There may be a stationary bike or some rowers, but no machines. Decide for yourself if it’s the environment for you. Trust your gut!
PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
At most big gyms there is no need or desire to get to know the people next to you on the elliptical or StairMaster machine. They are probably too busy watching TV or reading a magazine. CrossFit, on the other hand, is one hundred percent all about the people you “throw down with” every day. As CrossFit increasingly becomes a bigger part of your life, so too will your fellow CrossFitters. You don’t have to like everyone, but don’t be surprised if it turns out you do.
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We pledge to follow the best practices as outlined in “Best Practices for Cleaning Your Matting and Other Floor Surfaces” as well as run our machine on a regular basis (at least 3 times per week).