We know the world of CrossFit can be quite daunting at times- AMRAPS, EMOMS and the other host of acronyms, but all the membership options and rules that might be different from gym to gym. Here’s some questions answered to hopefully give you an idea of how we do things at CrossFit Putney.

Getting started with us

  • What is CrossFit?

    CrossFit is a strength and conditioning methodology that’s designed to improve your health and fitness, so you can enjoy your life outside of them gym - with as little physical hinderance or restriction as possible.
  • What is a CrossFit workout?

    Whilst there are some workouts that are easy to spot as ’typical’ CrossFit workouts, that isn’t the case every time. CrossFit is based on being able to do a bit of everything, as opposed to other methodologies that are based around doing a lot of a singular thing, or few things.

    It’s important to know that because CrossFit is so broad, it cannot be completely understood with a single workout, or even in a single week (but it will give you a very good idea of the method).

    A CrossFit workout format will look something like the following:
    1. A workout brief for 2-5 minutes.
    2. A general warm-up for 5-7 minutes.
    3. Flexibility work for 3-5 minutes.
    4. A specific warm-up, including drills/games/practice for 5-15 minutes.
    5. A strength-based workout, where you’ll be either learning a new movement or pushing your current boundaries of a movement you’re already familiar with.
    6. A conditioning-based workout where you’ll be developing single or multiple fitness abilities, which could also include elements of strength. (5&6 are not present with the workout every day, some days include either option and some days include both of them).
    7. A cool-down of stretches and a workout debrief.
  • I’m completely new to CrossFit, is that okay?

    Absolutely. All of our classes are tailored to suit each person’s needs, by one of our highly experienced coaches. There is no fitness prerequisite needed for CrossFit, only an open mind and eager-to-learn attitude.
  • What if I can’t perform the movement or lift the weights in a given workout?

    Each workout is designed to encourage your body to improve an area of fitness, whether that’s strength, skill, endurance or more. This means that our coaches know exactly what the workout is designed to achieve, therefore they can give you the a) the best substitution so you still get maximum results and b) are using the right coaching skills to teach you how to perform every movement safely, at your current ability level.

    We’re not naive to the fact that CrossFit can look very intimidating, but it really is designed for everyone and every fitness level. Our coaches are there to look after you, it’s their job to equip you with all the tools that you need you make your goals happen.
  • Is there personal training?

    Yes! We perform personal training sessions throughout the entire day. If you’d like to enquire about personal training, please fill in our form here: ***
  • Is it only CrossFit?

    No! Whilst we love CrossFit and it is the majority of our classes, we believe that everyone should enjoy their fitness, and for some that means not doing CrossFit everyday or not doing CrossFit at all.

    Your membership gives you access to all of the classes that we provide here, each with specialist instructors:CrossFit, Sweat, Build, Olympic Weightlifting, Yoga, BoxFit, Gymnastics

    If you’d like to know more about what each of these classes offer, you can find it here:
  • How do memberships work?

    Our memberships are based on sessions per month. This is because we know that life happens, and sometimes you can only perform 2 sessions one week and 4 sessions the next. However, you cannot roll sessions over month to month.

    All of our memberships have a 30 day cancellation policy.

    If you’d like to view our full T&Cs, you can find them here: ***

How do I make the most out of my CrossFit Putney membership?

  • As a beginner

    Starting CrossFit is usually a combination of excitement and nervousness, so it’s important not to get too carried away with either feeling! We strongly recommend trying everything and not letting fear of expectation or unknown put you off. All of our classes are suitable for beginners and experienced abilities alike.

    As a general rule of thumb, 2-3 days per week is a great start to see consistent progress in your first year.

    Make sure to book in your free athlete check-in once you’ve settled in for a couple of months. These are a great opportunity to create some goals and get guidance from one of our coaches to keep you on the path to success and better health through fitness!
  • As an Experienced CrossFitter?

    Depending on your recent workout history, we recommend 3-5 days a week for the experienced CrossFitter, making sure to bias your class choices on your goals. If you’re looking to continue on the path of well-rounded fitness and don’t have specific goals outside of being fit and healthy, then consistency is your best friend, and our coaches will take care of the rest.

    If you’re trying to make improvements in a specific area, we recommend utilising the classes that are designed to narrow the focus. For example if you’d like to prioritise strength over everything else, then our Build classes should be in your routine 1-2 days per week, alongside another CrossFit and or Sweat session.

    We strongly recommend booking in for an athlete check-in as well, so one of our coaches can lay out a plan that’s best for you, and keep you accountable throughout the journey.
  • As an Aspiring or Current CrossFit Competitor?

    For those who perform multiple sessions per day and want to see all aspects of their CrossFit improve simultaneously, we’ve got the set-up for you. 1. Choose your priority focus, this usually means choose your weakest area and make that the first thing you perform that day. 2. Take a break if you can before coming back later to complete your second session, where you should choose the next priority focus. An example of this would look like: Session 1: Perform the CrossFit class at 7am (which could be skill and fitness related for that day). Then rest as long as possible before performing Session 2: Perform the Build class using an open gym slot.

    As always though, we recommend getting an athlete check-in to help you plan out priorities, set out achievable goals and keep you accountable. Competing in CrossFit is a very challenging and arduous journey - doing this with a team around you makes it a much easier and more enjoyable feat!
  • What should I do if I’m injured?

    For the vast majority of us, working out is there to improve our life. With this in mind, we strongly believe in maintaining your rhythm and routine whilst making intelligent adjustments to your workouts, to allow you to continue thriving whilst the affected area is recovering. We will never make you perform a movement that’s causing you pain, and we don’t recommend avoiding workouts because there’s a movement that you’re unable to perform due to injury - our coaches are there to take care of you and they will adjust the workout for you so you can maintain your healthy lifestyle.

    If you’re able to move about and you have been medically cleared to raise your heart rate, then being sedentary is going to drastically slow down your recovery. Maintaining healthy habits are crucial during this period of time, so use our coaches’ wealth of experience to ensure that you keep working out throughout your recovery, as long as you’re cleared to do so!
  • What should I do if I have specific goals?

    If you have specific goals that you think our classes might not cover, then get in touch with us so we can understand you better and come up with a plan to help you achieve your goals. Get in touch with us here:
  • Is nutrition important?

    Yes, the way you eat is very important to your health (and fitness goals). Nutrition is a large and much debated topic, but one thing that all corners of the fitness world agrees on is that it is very important. We have an in-house nutrition coach, who has over 20 years of experience in nutrition coaching, as well as a masters degree in nutrition and over 20 years as a fitness trainer. If you need guidance on how to improve your health and fitness with nutrition, we’ve got the no-nonsense, no-dogma coach that you’ve been hoping existed. You can find out more about nutrition at CrossFit Putney here: ***
  • Will I get bulky?

    We’ve found that often this question comes from those who are concerned with adding too much muscle - which is an incredibly hard thing to do. Even with a lifetime of dedication to the cause, including very specific training for a decade, careful lifestyle consideration and a large focus on nutrition, it’s an insurmountable task that doesn’t happen by accident. CrossFit can encourage your body to change shape, with consistency over a long period of time, but less so than what the above would do.

    Whilst CrossFit is designed to make you healthier through improved strength and fitness, it is not the best thing if your only goal is to increase the size of your muscles.
  • Will I lose weight?

    CrossFit has huge potential to be the ideal catalyst to help you change your body shape, so in the short answer: yes you can. In the long answer: it takes concrete consistency, with some reasonable focus within your sessions, and (ideally) developing your nutrition habits to something that suits your lifestyle and goals.

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