FAQ

 

I am coming to Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty and would love to drop-in. Can I and how much does it cost?

CrossFit Philia loves drop-in guests. We live in a college town and that means we get lots of guests from all over the state/country who want to either come watch a game or visit the campus. Our drop-in rates are $15/session.  All we ask is that you give us a call and let us know you are coming so that we can make room for you.

I can’t do CrossFit because I don’t want to aggravate back or neck pain from previous injuries.

Numerous clients of ours have come through the doors with previous injuries or ailments and found relief from the pain by strengthening the muscles around the problem area. All too often people neglect exercising their low back for example, due to fear of injury. Because of this they end up deconditioned, weak, and more susceptible to injury in the future from minor mishaps. Taking part in CrossFit will provide you a buffer so that you are less susceptible to these kinds of injuries. The movements and workouts are all completely scalable allowing anyone to take part.

Since you don’t follow the CrossFit.com programming, what are your goals when programming for the gym? 

CrossFit.com provides excellent programming. At CrossFit Philia, we take the same approach with constantly varied movements and workouts. We choose to offer workouts that may be more easily scaled in group settings and address some of the needs/desires of our community. Another approach that we have is to address weaknesses and/ or imbalances the gym may have as a whole. Our philosophy is the same as HQ (constantly varied, functional movement at high intensity). We just try to meet some more specific needs of our community.

I am afraid I will get too big and bulky? 

In order for people to get bigger, especially women, there are two things that you would have to make a concerted effort to do. One: pick up very heavy weight on a frequent basis. This is not something we do. Yes, we are very much concerned about your strength and we do lift heavy some days. But this is not our main focus. Two: eat an extremely high calorie diet. For most to gain productive muscle mass takes quite the effort in eating the right foods in a high amount. This is also something that we do not focus on. The majority of the workouts we do provide your muscles with more contractile potential (=strength) and not hypertrophy (muscle mass).

I have heard you can get hurt doing CrossFit, is this true? 

You can injure yourself in any activity, but CrossFit is safer than many activities people perform every day.  The reason for this is because we provide direction, progression, and quality control. We like to work with people in 3 stages. First: mechanics (learning how to do the movements with correct technique), Second: Consistency (the ability to do the movements over and over again with safe and relatively efficient technique), Third: Intensity (the speed at which you do the movements). One does not come before the other. We always start with Mechanics.

I have to get in shape first before I start? 

This is a common misconception. The most elite athlete can come into the gym and find a workout challenging. You will never be “fit” enough. That’s why we are here and offer scaling options for each individual so that you can thrive in each workout on a personal level. Fitness is a lifelong journey, we are never really “there”.

I feel it is too expensive, is this true? 

CrossFit is often difficult to compare to other fitness programs. We offer a variety of classes and options as well as some very qualified trainers. The reality is with the quality of instruction you get from our trainers; it is personal training at a fraction of the cost.

I have heard CrossFit is really hard, is this true? 

CrossFit is as hard as you make it. We encourage people to push to the limits of their own tolerances but only you can make the most out of your own workouts with the amount of work you put into them.

I have to admit, I just follow your website and then do the workouts on my own, is this okay? 

You could just follow our website, but you would not get the quality of teaching from our certified trainers. Most people are not taught how to move correctly and don’t know how to teach themselves. You are making yourself more susceptible to injury and leveling off in your gains by trying to do this on your own. It is also infinitely more fun when you are encouraged and held accountable by a group of your peers. Plus you won’t have someone cheering you on in your basement or local gym.  

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