Frequently Asked Questions
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program that consists of constantly varied, functional movements that are performed at a high intensity (relative to the individual). This focus on functionality and intensity leads to far better results, while the variation keeps training fun and interesting. In our daily life, we don’t do leg extensions and bicep curls. We run, jump, squat, push, and pull. CrossFit trains us for life, looking good is just a byproduct.
Isn’t this expensive for a gym?
CrossFit DHP is actually one of the most economical CrossFit facilities on Long Island. When compared to a “big box gym”, it does appear to be expensive. The cheap rate you pay at a “standard” gym is actually just an access fee. From there most classes and personal trainers cost $30+ an hour, which can quickly add up to over $700 a month! At CrossFit DHP, you have a certified trainer teaching classes, which averages as little as $5.62 per class!
Is CrossFit dangerous?
Your risk for injury is far lower in CrossFit than it is in a standard gym, going for a run, or staying on your couch. At CrossFit DHP, we do everything within our power to reduce your risk of injury. Every class includes dedicated time to properly warm-up, stretch/mobilize, and teach the day’s movements. We go above and beyond on these points, even within CrossFit’s great standards for them. Our trainers will ensure you are moving safely and correctly, and will make sure the weights and movements in each workout are going to challenge you, without hurting you. So no, CrossFit is not dangerous, as long as you listen to your coach.
How long is a CrossFit workout?
CrossFit workouts vary from an average of 10-20 minutes. The class itself is always an hour, leaving us with plenty of time to warm-up, mobilize/stretch, learn the movements, practice skills, perform the workout, and of course, have fun!
Do I need to be in shape to do CrossFit?
Absolutely not! CrossFit can be done at any age and fitness level. Our professional trainers will teach you everything you need to know for the workout of the day (aka WOD) and ensure that is is adjusted to meet your fitness needs!
Will I get big and bulky like the women on TV?
No, not unless it is your goal. The women you see on TV are professional athletes that live and breathe to get to The CrossFit Games. Everything about their training is geared to performing at that level, which includes and is not limited to 3+ hours of training a day and nutrition plans to build muscle mass. At CrossFit DHP, our training program and nutrition plans are designed for health and wellness, to burn excess body fat, and to build lean muscle mass for that natural, toned look you’re looking for.
I have/had an injury, can I still do CrossFit?
Of course! We have had tremendous success rehabilitating old injuries and preventing new ones, especially with Personalized Accessory Programs that are geared to your recovery. We always recommend speaking with your coach so he or she can be mindful of your injury during classes, and seeking the advice of a medical professional.
Should Be Asked Questions
What is CF-L3, CF-L2, CF-L1?
These are levels of CrossFit certification. CF-L1 is the completion of the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course and it is a minimum for coaching CrossFit classes and opening an affiliate. CF-L2 is the CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Course, also known as the Coaches Prep Course. The CF-L3 is Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer. It is an accredited certification and currently the highest level certification available. In addition to these base certifications, CrossFit also features many different Specialty Certifications, which our coaches have a wide variety of. At CrossFit DHP, we have 1 of only 5 CF-L3 Trainers in Long Island!
I noticed you only have one workout each day, is that enough?
Yes! We follow traditional CrossFit programming that emphasizes intensity over volume. This allows us to teach proper mechanics every class and maximize your intensity. The higher the intensity, the more work is done, which leads to greater fitness!
How often should I be training?
The amount one should train is completely specific to the individual. We want to train hard, feel good, get enough rest to recover, and achieve results. CrossFit’s prescription is 3 days on, 1 day off. This is designed to maximize potential intensity for each training day, while also allowing the body to properly recover. Due to the nature of a 7 day week, we recommend a 3 days on/1 day off, 2 days on/1 day off cycle. This will allow for consistent training and rest days each week.
Should I do Personalized Accessory Programming and how do I know it is right for me?
Personalized Accessory Programming is designed for anyone who wants to develop their fitness beyond the scope of the class programming. The classes contain our GPP (General Physical Preparedness), which is the meat and potatoes of fitness, whereas the Personalized Accessory Programming is designed to specifically target your goals.
Personal Training sessions and Seminars can also be a great fit, so talk to one of our coaches to see which would benefit you the most!
Can anyone come to Open Gym?
Open Gym is available to all of our active members. This is a time for them to work on coach approved CrossFit DHP programming, whether it is a class workout they want to make up or one of the accessory programs they follow. Members are expected to warm themselves up properly and mobilize prior to their workout, just as they are taught to in classes. Open Gym is a privilege that can be revoked if coaches feel a member is performing in a manner that is dangerous to themselves or those around them.
Why CrossFit DHP vs CrossFit gyms that have been around longer?
The CFDHP facility may be new, but our staff have a combined 30+ years of experience in the fitness industry when they opened our doors! They have amassed certifications well beyond the minimum CF-L1 needed to open a CrossFit affiliate and are ready to give you a better training experience, all you need to do is walk through those doors!