Do I need to be in shape before starting CrossFit?

Absolutely not.

We’ve worked with all skills levels, and accommodate most people’s needs through our Elements and CrossFit Group Classes.

“Getting in shape” to start CrossFit likely won’t speed up your progress, or make those first few weeks any easier.

Come on in, and you’ll immediately begin getting good instruction and workouts.

How do I get started?

Getting started is a very simple process.

Before getting going, we suggest everyone try a free class. After that, you sign up for a membership, and start coming, beginning with our Elements classes.

What do all these acronyms mean?

AMRAP -as many reps/rounds as possible
BW -body weight
BS -back squat
C&J -clean and jerk
C2B -chest to bar pull up
DL -deadlift
EMOM -every minute on the minute
EOMOM -every other minute on the minute
FS -front squat
GHD -glute ham developer
GHR -glute ham raise
HRPU - hand release push up
HSPU -handstand push up
KB -kettlebell
KG -kilogram (2.2lbs)
MU -muscle up
OHS -overhead squat
PC -power clean
PP -push press
PJ -push jerk
PU -pull up or push up
PWR -power
RFT -rounds for time
RM -rep max
RX -as prescribed
SQ -squat
TTB -toes to bar
WB -wallball
WOD -workout of the day
METCON -metabolic conditioning

Why does this cost so much?

Joining CrossFit RVA is not a gym membership.

Gym memberships typically provide gym access, and little more. It is also not a boot camp, or setup like a typical Group Exercise class.

Our CrossFit Group Classes aim to bridge the divide between the standard gym membership and personal training; providing many of the benefits of personal training without the same cost.

When you come into CrossFit RVA, you receive gym access, personal attention from instructors, and adjustment of the workouts to fit your needs/ability level. We go beyond that, to check in on members when they haven’t been around for awhile, hang out after class to answer questions, and in general, try to provide a personal service to each of our members.

I see there’s other CrossFit gyms around. Are all CrossFit gyms the same thing?

All CrossFit gyms operate as separate businesses, licensing the same name. Because of this, all CrossFit gyms will be a little different. You’ll find differences in experience, types of workouts, demographics, and more. Like joining any other gym, do your research.

A few things to consider:

How long has the gym been around?

CrossFit has grown exponentially in the past few years, and it’s fairly easy to start your own CrossFit gym. There’s many available CrossFit gyms in the area, but CrossFit RVA is Richmond, VA’s first CrossFit Gym (not to mention Central VA’s first as well).

How experienced are their instructors?

CrossFit RVA’s instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have been training with CrossFit methods for at least three years, and most of our instructors have a minimum of two years experience training others. As CrossFit RVA frequently hosts subject matter experts to further the knowledge of our members, our instructors benefit by constantly being exposed to new training methods. Our instructors have also competed in Olympic weightlifting, Strongman, endurance sports, and of course, CrossFit.

Are they professional, presenting a good website, and responding quickly to email/phone calls?

This speaks for itself. If a gym doesn’t put energy into a professional appearance, there’s likely other areas they are lacking in as well.

Do they have a convenient schedule?

Check out our schedule. We have classes throughout the day, beginner’s classes five nights a week, and multiple free trial options.

Do they provide services outside of the CrossFit classes?

CrossFit is what we focus our efforts on, but we have other programs that we feel are complimentary to CrossFit. Check out Yoga RVA, RVA Endurance, and River City Massage.

What is the typical class size?

Class sizes vary considerably, from just a few members at a time to 20.

Keeping a high level of service available for all members is a priority, and we routinely add in additional instructors to our larger classes.

How should I eat?

We suggest, very generally, the Paleo diet.

Eat lean meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Stay away from added sugar, and grains.

There’s plenty of grey area when it comes to diet, and an individual’s particular needs.

Start with the above, and adjust from there.