What we do at CrossFit Colchester
We are very excited to welcome you into our community and do so with open arms. CrossFit Colchester’s community is a diverse bunch. Teachers; Lawyers, Accountants, Students and everything in between. Some in their 20’s, some in their 60’s. Some with no exercise experience and some looking to qualify for European and World level CrossFit Competitions. What makes our community special is that everyone is housed under one roof and shares the common goal of being healthy and happy.
We are here to facilitate just that. By constantly evolving our classes, our coaching and subsequently our community, we are able to help you all to be healthier and happy. Whatever that means to you.
Most that step inside our doors are new to CrossFit – this can be very daunting and we are well aware of it! You’re welcomed with big smiles when you walk through the door but there’s a workout on the whiteboard that you don’t understand, and you’re stood amongst a group of people you’ve never met before – talk about jumping in the deep end! Hopefully, this page gives you a little insight into what we do at CrossFit Colchester.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is “constantly varied, functional movement performed at high intensity.” A mouthful we know, let’s break it down for you.
The CrossFit methodology is designed to develop in equal parts your ability as a weightlifter, gymnast and multi durational ‘sprinter’. If we can simultaneously develop the capacity of a novice across all three, we become more capable than anyone specialising in one individual line of fitness. These skill sets combined will prepare you for anything in life:
- Chasing the kids (or a football) around
- Lifting the shopping or moving the fridge across the kitchen
- Performing things like pull-ups, being upside down on your hands or even walking on them!
Our prescription is simple in principle – move in a fashion that replicates the demands of everyday life. That is to prepare for what cannot be foreseen by forgoing all notion of routine. Day-to-day, just as in life, our workouts change. Some fast, some slow, some heavy, some light, some simple and some complex – but all requiring a combination of the various elements of “fitness” (see the list to the X).
You can expect to learn lots of exciting new skills as well as be encouraged to think about and refine the most basic forms of movement. All within a controlled environment under the watchful eye of our coaching team.
Think about carrying the kids or shopping, pushing the sofa into its new spot in the living room and running for the bus or whilst playing a sport. Each of these requires a different combination of the general physical skills we mentioned earlier. Our approach to programming aims to progress each skill independently and where possible, demand we perform them in any and all combinations.
To avoid getting too technical let’s assume there are two forms of training short and fast – long and steady. It’s well documented that long and steady has lots of benefits, not least keeping our heart and lungs ticking and decreasing body fat – fantastic! But it’s also well documented that singularly training in the long and steady modality can have adverse effects on muscle mass. Strength and power – it’s not often you see a strong-looking marathon runner.
Intrigued to find out more? Book in for a Free Trial below and let our coaches delve a little deeper.
What happens when you join CrossFit Colchester?
Now you’ve joined us you can take advantage of the various classes we have to offer. Here’s a little description of each:
Foundations Class – This one’s a must
An intro into all things CrossFit and CrossFit Colchester. These classes are on Wednesdays 6:30pm and Sundays 8am and you can book in Via TeamUp. Once you have attended one of these classes you can join any class on our timetable.
OnRamp – This one’s optional
These sessions are an introduction to CrossFit within a small group. A follow up to your Foundations session in which you’ll work on the basic movements within CrossFit before stepping into CrossFit classes. You can attend as many of these classes as you feel necessary. These classes are on Wednesdays at 5:30pm.
CrossFit – This one’s the regular class
These sessions focus on functional fitness. A combination of Conditioning, Weightlifting and Gymnastics. Expect variety and to learn lots of new skills, all whilst getting fitter, faster and stronger. Whilst these classes follow a structured and progressive program, all the elements are infinitely scalable to ensure every individual has a relative and effective workout.
We also offer a number of specialist classes that focus on specific elements of fitness. These sessions are accessible to everyone and tailored to each individual and their ability much like our CrossFit classes.
These sessions focus on the weightlifting elements within CrossFit, without the intensity of a CrossFit workout. You’ll spend an hour learning the basics of the barbell and developing competence in the two main movements, the Snatch and the Clean. These classes are on Wednesdays at 6:30pm and Saturday at 9:30pm.
These sessions are high energy classes focused on developing a base of fitness that can be carried through to all other elements of fitness. These will be sweaty, intense! But all movements will be simple. You won’t find a barbell or the rig in these sessions. Come and get sweaty, often in teams, and have some fun.
These sessions are devoted to developing the understanding of, and the ability to perform basic gymnastic movements. We spend most of our lives moving just our body weight around, and these sessions will educate you on how to do so effectively. Fantastic for avoiding injuries and for learning how to execute the Gymnastic elements of CrossFit classes efficiently and safely.
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