CrossFit Hutt Valley’s programming combines elements of weightlifting, sprinting, calisthenics, and kettlebells to mention but a few. Plus, we do a little bit of basic gymnastics.
By employing effective exercises from each, we can perform really efficient workouts. Sometimes they’re hard, but they have to be.
It takes a couple of years to be really great at CrossFit, but you can be good in a few months.
Don’t worry if you don’t know what they mean, as your coach will always make sure you understand what the aim of the workout is.
We will start with a warmup, for instance: rowing intervals or some mobility drills, easy stuff to get you warm and activated. We may then move into skill development.
One day, we’ll spend time on your squat; another we’ll work on your split jerk; another, we’ll teach you to do a handstand (yes, you can.)
The ‘main event’ of the group, though, is the WOD, or lift. You’ll start as a group; the resulting atmosphere enthusiastic and supportive.
Everything we do is coached, so you’ll never be left to figure things out on your own or find yourself lost in a class of 20/30/40 people with only one instructor.
We employ both technical lifts and variance, which require good coaching but also remove the ceiling effect that boredom creates through repeating the same program forever.
We measure our progress objectively – am I Leaner, Stronger, Quicker, instead of just going until we feel like we’ve put in enough time.
Scaling means that the same or similar workout adjusted for different individuals, keeping a similar format but substituting different exercises, changing the intensity, reducing or increasing the volume (number of reps or rounds), or changing the amount of rest to suit your ability, confidence experience, flexibility and strength.
CAN I DO CROSSFIT IF I DON'T KNOW HOW TO WEIGHTLIFT? LIFTS LIKE THE CLEAN & JERK AND THE SNATCH LOOK DANGEROUS?
We constantly reinforce that because it is an important message. Weightlifting is an important part of our training because it is highly functional, with movements that produce fantastic training effects.
Weightlifting is safe providing it is taught and learned in a progressive and scaled manner, so technique is drilled and understood prior to adding any weight.
For beginners we use broomsticks as a substitute for the bar, and only once correct form is consistently demonstrated do we start scaling the weight.
If you have never done weightlifting before that is OK. We’ll look after you, we promise!