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CrossFit Classes Alexandria

CrossFit is a culture of teamwork and community.  CrossFit provides the standard of safe and effective movement worldwide.  CrossFit’s specialty courses and certifications provide the Gold Standard for certifications in the fitness industry.  CrossFit will kick your butt, and leave you asking for more

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CrossFit.  Friendship, Teamwork, Community, Results

CrossFit Community Alexandria VA

CrossFit Gyms (in Alexandria Virginia, Arlington VA, Fairfax VA, Washington DC, etc.) are known for their amazing community.  But what does community mean?  Your community is your friendships with other members and your relationship with your coaches.  Unlike big box gyms, your membership is important to the functioning of the gym as a whole.  If you miss a workout, your friends will ask you where you are.  If you miss a week of training, don’t surprised if a coach calls you.  As a CrossFit member, you are part of a community trying to better themselves.

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit Journal: The Performance-Based Lifestyle ResourceCrossFit is a culture of teamwork and community.  CrossFit provides the standard of safe and effective movement.  CrossFit’s specialty courses and certifications provide the Gold Standard for certifications in the fitness industry.

“CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.  CrossFit is a program that delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing.” 1

“The needs of our Olympic athletes and grandparents differ by degree, not kind.” That is to say, everyone needs to perform an intelligently selected variety of functional movements at a level of intensity appropriate for that individual. Everyone needs to eat food that sustains, rather than harms, the body. This is the pursuit of fitness, and the ability to maintain that fitness throughout your life is a defining measure of health.” 2

Why Join our CrossFit Classes in Alexandria VA?

We believe in following CrossFit’s powerful “main site” programming, because it works.  With CrossFit’s constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, CrossFit’s method of training provides a unique opportunity to truly improve fitness.  With our extensive knowledge and experience in personal training, mobility, and fitness classes, we are able to provide a safe and consistent CrossFit class experience.

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What is CrossFit?

The Sand & Steel CrossFit Gym in Alexandria VA

Sand and Steel CrossFit in Alexandria VA has everything from barbells, TRX Suspension Trainers, Powerlifting cages, Olympic lifting platforms, and rowing machines.  Sand & Steel Fitness’s gym provides Personal Training customized to the individual member, open gym for its members, CrossFit classes, TRX classes, Yoga, Powerlifting Classes, Olympic Lifting Classes, and Mobility Classes.  Don’t worry if you don’t the know the differences between these services, our coaches will explain them to you in a free consultation.  We’ll determine which classes are best for you.  And if you are a Get Steel Strong member, all of these services are included in one package.

Finding the Best CrossFit Coach or Personal Trainer in Alexandria VA

CrossFit Boxes and Personal Trainer Studios generally have three types of coaches: amazing athletes, amazing looking models, or amazing teachers.  I have personally hired and trained over 100 personal trainers for Sand & Steel Fitness.  Whom do I hire first?   I hire CrossFit Level 1 and Level II coaches first.

Will I Get in Better Shape Doing CrossFit?

Yes.  Whereas other forms of fitness are designed for a specific purpose (run further, improve boxing ability, dance better, etc.) the purpose of doing CrossFit is to get in better shape.  CrossFit in Alexandria VA, Washington DC, etc is about improving your fitness.  Indeed CrossFit calls itself the sport of fitness.  So yes, if you want to improve your fitness across multiple domains, CrossFit should be your first choice.

Will I Look Better from Doing CrossFit in Alexandria VA?

CrossFit builds great bodies.  You just need to take a look at a regionals competition or a CrossFit games competition to see that.  CrossFitters aren’t overly muscular bodybuilders — they have more of the lean, muscular look.  The kind of body you are proud to show in a bikini.  If want to look toned, shredded, or cut, CrossFit is great for that.

Will I lose Weight Doing CrossFit?

Yes … but CrossFit’s main purpose isn’t weight loss.  You will lose weight naturally through building a community of people that eat better and workout harder.  Will you become more active in general, because you will make friends that are more active?  Yes.  Will you burn a ton of calories in each workout (WOD)?  Yes.  So yeah, you’ll lose weight doing CrossFit, but CrossFit is about improving overall fitness.  Decreasing bodyfat is a byproduct of that process.

FAQ: CrossFit in Alexandria VA

We compiled this list of questions based on questions we get on our Facebook and Linked Groups.  Have a question on CrossFit?  Ask us, and we’ll add it to this post.

Can Beginners do CrossFit?

Yes.  Different CrossFit Boxes (in Alexandria VA and other town in Northern Virginia), use different methods for teaching new students.  At Sand & Steel CrossFit, we have two paths to help you progress from a beginner CrossFitter to an intermediate CrossFitter.

CrossFit Beginner’s Class: in our beginner’s class where we focus on teaching the 9 Fundamental Movements of CrossFit.  Your workouts will include more than these 9 movements, but we limit the technical movements to these nine movements when you are first starting.  Mastering these movements takes practice.  You’ll become proficient in these movements quickly.  These fundamental movements are super important exercises that build strength and reinforce good body positioning.

Personal Training: if you prefer to train in private sessions with a coach, we also offer personal training.  Clients that have attended at least 32 sessions are automatically qualified to join our intermediate CrossFit classes.  Truth be told, intermediate level CrossFit classes aren’t better than beginner classes.  They just involve more complex skills.

What is a CrossFit class like?

John Glaude put together an excellent overview video with some great tips on what to expect in your first CrossFit class in Alexandria VA.  Every class and CrossFit Box is a little different, but overall, Glaude does a great job of providing you with an overview.  Such a good job, I can skip writing this section.  Just watch the video.

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Inside A FULL CrossFit Class (CrossFit 101)

What are Some Sample CrossFit Workouts I can Try?

CrossFit’s website is full of thousands of workouts that you can check out.  But if you are still reading this article, you might interested in the last 4 workouts Sand & Steel CrossFit programmed.

Type: Metcon
Patterns: Deadlift, Squat, Core
Beginner Scale: 3 Rounds
• 10 Deadlifts
• 20 Air Squats
• 7 Minutes Boat

20 Pike Up Burpees

Intermediate Scale: 3 Rounds
• 10 Deadlifts
• 20 Air Squats
• 7 Minutes Boat

20 Pike Up Burpees

Type: Conditioning & Gymnastics
Patterns: Press, Squat

Beginner Scale
• Jump Rope 100 cycles
• 15 thrusters 65/95
• 21 Candle Sticks to Pushups

Intermediate Scale
• Jump Rope 150 cycles
• 15 thrusters 95/135
• 21 inverted burpees

Type: Gymnastics
Patterns: Row, Push, Squat
Beginner Scale – 20 Minutes AMRAP:
• 5 handstand push-ups from box
• 20 single-leg squats with TRX
• 15 banded pull-ups

Intermediate Scale – 20 Minutes AMRAP:
• 5 handstand push-ups
• 10 single-leg squats, alternating
• 15 pull-ups

Type: Sprint
Patterns: Pull and Push
• Beginner Scale
• 1000 meter row
• 66 2-hand 15 pound Kettlebell Press
•  30 pull-ups with Band

Intermediate Scale
• 1000 meter row
• 66 2-hand 35 pound Kettlebell Press
• 30 pull-ups with Band

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