FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I heard CrossFit is a cult, is this true?
It is true that CF tends to stimulate passion in its devotees. But it is more akin to a tribe or team than a cult; whereas cults tend to blindly follow a central leader, teams coalesce together around a common focus. At The TAJ, our common focus is your development as a person and athlete. We work together as a team, and don't follow the "ideas" of one central leader.
Why are you better than my globo gym?
The business model for most franchised gyms (we call them "globo-gyms") is they want you to sign up and never come in. You may get a tour of the gym, or a quick overview of the equipment with a trainer, but, you're on your own after the first one-hour session. They aren't there to ensure technique is good when the weight gets heavy or you get tired..
Further, you are as accountable to us as we are to you! We believe in earning your loyalty, that's why we don't charge initiation fees. WE WILL EARN YOUR BUSINESS EVERY DAY. If you haven't come in in a week, we notice. So will the members you've grown accustomed to working out with. Expect a call or an email, or even a friendly call out on Facebook, if you haven't been coming in! Of course, there will ALWAYS be a coach watching form in our classes. We reward our athletes for attending 15+ WODs per month, for their hard work and commitment to their health and well being..
Why wouldn't I just go find a Personal Trainer?
You could do that, but you'd end up paying a great deal more. Let's say you find someone that's willing to train you for $80/session and we'll even go as far to say that they have every piece of equipment that you'll find at CF The Taj. Even if you only go 3 times a week (we encourage 4+), that's $800+ per month, well over our price. Also, you probably wouldn't get the camaraderie, competitive push, and/or the support that you'll feel working with others in a group setting. If you're finished first, you're still expected to support everyone else that is still working. So, when you're done, you're not really done!.
What should I expect in my first WOD?
Fun, a killer workout, and awesome people! In your first workout, you will partake in our daily WOD. There will be a full body warm-up that we will coach you through. After our group warmup, we will go over our skill/strength portion of the class, explain the movements, and go over form and teach technique of the movements in preparation of the day's work and any extra mobility work needed. And then we'll sweat. Coaches will be on hand to ensure you are moving properly in line with the technique we just showed you so you stay SAFE..
I heard that CrossFit is too challenging for someone like me. Is that true?
One of my favorite quotes is this: "If you think you can't do something, you can't." The person who told you CrossFit was too challenging for you might not be up for the challenge, but I'm guessing you're reading this because other options have failed you in the past. The answer to your question is a resounding "No." One of the beauties of CrossFit is that it is infinitely scalable, which means that we can tailor any movement we ask our members to do to meet your current level of fitness. Everyone from Collegiate Athletes to parents to professionals partake in the CrossFit Method of training!.
What does WOD refer to? I hear everyone using it.
WOD, or Workout of the Day, is the list of exercises for a given day. Since CrossFit is constantly varied, everyone is always anticipating what tomorrow's WOD will be..
What does Scalable mean?
It means we can adapt the work out to suit your, or anyone's, level of fitness and ability. Scaled according to your ability!.
Can I just join up for any WOD class?
Yes, as we teach technique in every class. You may want to look into our Olympic Lifting and Mobility Classes as well, to better your technique..
Do I have to train every day in CrossFit?
No, we encourage you to train intensely but also rest periodically to recover from the exertions as well. It's vital to keeping you healthy and allowing you to push next time to new personal bests. Over-training is something we discourage because it does not help you achieve your fitness or health goals and increases the risk of injury. We recommend either a 3 days on, 1 day off approach, or a 4 or 5 days a week regimen. .
Is CrossFit a sport?
Originally, it was meant to supplement your life and make you better at your other activities. However, it has, itself, turned into the Sport of Fitness. CrossFit has its own CrossFit Games with everyone having a fair and equal chance of making it to the finals. There are also many local competitions for all levels of athletes. We encourage all of our athletes to try out a local competition if you are interested in competing. Speak to one of our coaches and they will be happy to get your started on the path to competition..