To answer this question, first let me ask you a few.
At CrossFit Granada Hills (CFGH) you will experience real functional fitness which relates to real world activities (like carrying the groceries), and at the end of the day improving your day to day life is what is important. Our role is to do the heavy lifting for you by fostering a fun, positive and motivating environment. Each class is led by experienced trainers who take you through the movements of the day, ensuring you know exactly what and how to do everything. We include the proper warm-up and cool-down movements into each class to ensure we promote fast physical recovery for our athletes. We design workouts that push you to your physical limits focusing on training the body as an entire system instead of following the isolated movement and long steady-state cardio sessions performed at “traditional” gyms. Our programming philosophy complements the day before and prepares you for the next days workout which enables our athletes to truly get fit.
We also have the best community of athletes whose camaraderie becomes a support system fueling your desire to not only put your best effort forward each day, but truly motivates you to show up and take an hour for yourself day in and day out.
So…. If you want to try something that really works, and you are looking to change your life forever, try CrossFit.
Is CrossFit for me?
Absolutely! CrossFit is for everyone. Have you ever seen the video on the internet of granny deadlifting? Guess what, she’s at your local CrossFit gym.
At CFGH our community of athletes is comprised of a wide variety of age, health and fitness backgrounds which meld together nicely in our classes creating an inspiring atmosphere to workout in. All the movements, weights, and intensity of the workouts are scalable to fit your individual needs; we are experts in modifying our program to get you the best results.
I’ll leave you with a quote from CrossFit’s Founder, Coach Greg Glassman:
“Your needs and the Olympic athlete’s differ by degree not kind. Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, balance, and coordination are each as important to the world’s best athletes as they are to the overweight, the sedentary, the sick, casual athletes, and even the elderly. The amazing truth is that the very same methods that elicit optimal response in the Olympic or professional athlete will optimize the same response in all these populations. Of course, we can’t load your grandmother with the same squatting weight that we’d assign an Olympic skier, but they both need to squat.”
What can I expect in a CrossFit class?
All of our classes are one hour in duration. We usually start with a short run, some mobility, and a specific warm-up that’s tailored to the movements in the WOD (workout of the day). The warm-up is typically followed by a strength or skill session. From there, we perform the WOD, which is anywhere from 3-45 minutes long – the average is somewhere around 14-16 minutes. The workouts all vary in type and intensity, some are short and heavy while others are long and light. The best way to find out… Is to get in here and check out a Free Class!
Why are we always lifting weights?
We get this question a ton! The best answer is from one of our favorite coaches, Mark Rippetoe:
“The fact is that aesthetics are best obtained from training for performance. In both architecture and human beauty, form follows function. Always and everywhere, the human body has a certain appearance when it performs at a high level, and depending on the nature of that highlevel performance, this appearance is usually regarded as aesthetically pleasing, for reasons that are DNAlevel deep. Appearance can’t change unless performance does, and the performance changes are what we quantify and what we program. We know how to improve that, but the industry is based on the fiction that appropriate training proceeds from an assessment of aesthetics. Your appearance when fit is almost entirely a function of your genetics, which are expressed at their best only when your training is at its highest level, and this level is only obtainable from a program based on an improvement in your performance in the gym.”
To summarize… We are striving to improve fitness. Looking good is a function of training right and athletes train the right way. Strength is systemic, meaning it lasts a long time even after you have stopped training. Being stronger is just better. The more quality muscle you have, the harder your metabolism works, the denser your bones are, and the better you feel in everything you do regularly in life.
But…I don’t want to get bulky…
Man if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say this… I’d have a bunch of nickels.
We get this one a lot from the ladies of our gym, and we totally understand. You don’t want to look like a bodybuilder, and we promise you won’t! The bottom line is, women don’t produce the amount of testosterone necessary to turn into Arnold-esque bodybuilders.
Also… Diet plays an integral role in size/mass gain. Cupcakes make you bulky. A clean diet and a healthy dose of CrossFit won’t. We cover nutrition information with you in our Foundations Classes and do stress the importance of proper diet to fuel the workouts but also to help you feel better/healthier overall.
One last point. If you come from the “globo gym” world, you’ve been training like a bodybuilder. The high rep workouts that you’ve been taught by a personal trainer, or read in a magazine, are isolation movements that are designed to induce hypertrophy and force blood flow to the muscle and gain mass.
But…I want to get bulky bro…
So you want to get “Jacked”! Getting stronger and bigger is easy with a few modifications. As I said before, diet plays the biggest role in mass gain. Add in a few sweet potatoes and some whole milk, maybe a few accessory movements and POW! Instamuscles! It’s really all in the way you eat, and the timing of your food intake. Whatever your goal, we can help you.
Where are all the machines?
At CFGH you are the machine! Haha. No but, seriously, we don’t use them. Free weights require you to stabilize the weight you are using. Machines remove that muscular system from the equation and leave you more susceptible to injury in real life. Nothing you do at home, or in sport, involves moving something in only one plane of motion. The way we train, does. The entire goal of our program is to prepare you for the real world. Being strong in here makes everything you do outside the gym easier.
I heard that everyone gets injured?
Any exercise program contains some inherent risk. Fun Fact… The single most dangerous piece of equipment in a gym is a treadmill. More injuries occur there than anywhere else. How many distance runners or bikers do you know that have bad knees? That number is staggering compared to the actual injury rates at CrossFit gyms.
The conversation we should be having is that 70% of Americans over the age of 20 are considered overweight. Nearly 50% of people are diabetic or prediabetic. The ability of our healthcare system to treat chronic disease is nearly nonexistent. A diet without processed food and loads of sugar, plus some good exercise, could go a long way in fixing that problem. Being a little sore is better than spending years of your life struggling with illness.
The truth is… CrossFit isn’t easy. Our workouts are tough, but you’ll never find another gym that cares more about your well-being than CFGH. This goes for our expert coaches and knowledgeable staff, but also our members – everyone is always looking out for one another.
I’m joining the Fire Department, Police Department, or Military soon. Will this work?
The short answer is… Absolutely! We have successfully trained many people who are trying to become police officers, prepare for military boot-camps, or maintain a level of fitness required for the rigors of public and patriotic service. Our style of training works great for PT tests, soccer moms, MMA fighters, and anyone simply trying to improve their fitness. The coaches at CFGH are experienced in helping you meet your specific fitness goals.
World class 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, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pullups, dips, rope climb, pushups, situps, presses to handstand, 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. (Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.)
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