Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get started?

1. Contact us by phone, email, or just stop by.
2. Attend our FREE Intro Class every Saturday at 10:00am.
3. Sign up for Elements.  You may do this in person, by phone, or email.
4. Start attending CrossFit Anacapa Group Classes regularly.

Where is CrossFit Anacapa located?

We are located at 6255 Inez Street Unit 7, Ventura, CA 93003.  Please see our Contact Us tab for directions.

Can I bring a partner?

Yes!  The more, the merrier!

I’m visiting from out of town, can I drop in?

Of course!  We do not have a drop-in fee for out-of-towners, but please call or email us ahead of time so we know when to expect you.
 
 

Do I need to be in shape before I show up?

Absolutely not!  We have members who are all at different stages of their fitness levels.  You will be pushed and encouraged based on your current level of fitness.  All we want is for you to give your best effort during each workout.

Do I need to know anything before I show up?

No knowledge on anything even remotely related to working out is necessary to come to CrossFit Anacapa.  We have Elements Classes where experienced coaches will teach and guide you through the basic movements performed in our workouts.

What should I wear when I come?

Comfortable workout gear and running shoes.  Trail or off-road running shoes are most appropriate, but any type will do.

What should I bring when I come?

You should bring water, a towel, and a light snack for after the workout.
 
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What type of results can I expect?

Although you will most likely start to feel better and stronger immediately, new members can expect about a 15-20% improvement in strength and endurance following the first fifteen sessions.  In addition, our findings show that flexibility, agility, and body composition are improved.  Subjective things like increased mental toughness, energy levels, improved sleep, and reduced joint stiffness are also reported.  Most members are shocked at their improvements even though they would consider themselves exercisers before starting CrossFit.

Will CrossFit work for me?

“Working for you” is very dependent on what your goals are.  If getting stronger, faster, more flexible, and improving your body composition are some of your goals, then, YES, CrossFit will work for you.  All you have to do is show up, follow what the coaches have to say, and have a good time.

Is CrossFit for me?

Absolutely!  Your needs and the needs of an Olympic athlete differ by degree, not kind.  Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, and balance are each important to the world’s best athletes and to our grandparents.  The amazing truth is that the very same methods that elicit optimal response in the Olympic or professional athlete will optimize the same response in the elderly.  Of course, we can’t load your grandmother with the same squatting weight that we’d assign an Olympic skier, but they both need to squat.  In fact, squatting is essential to maintaining functional independence and improving fitness.  Squatting is just one example of a movement that is universally valuable and essential, yet rarely taught to any but the most advanced of athletes.  This is a tragedy.  Through thorough coaching and incremental load assignment, CrossFit has been able to teach anyone who can care for themselves to perform safely and with maximum efficacy the same movements typically utilized by professional coaches in elite and certainly exclusive environments.
 
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Who has benefited from CrossFit?

Many professional and elite athletes are participating in the CrossFit program.  Prize fighters, surfers, skiers, tennis players, triathletes, and others competing at the highest levels are using the CrossFit approach to advance their strength and conditioning, but they are not the only ones benefiting from this program.  CrossFit has tested its methods on the sedentary, overweight, pathological, and elderly and found that these special populations met the same success as elite athletes.  If CrossFit works from the elite to the sedentary, then it will definitely work for you.

What if I don’t have time for all of this?

It is a common sentiment to feel that, due to the obligations of career and family, that you don’t have the time to become as fit as you might like.  Here’s the good news: world-class strength and conditioning is obtainable through an hour a day, six days per week of training.  The intensity of training that optimizes physical conditioning is not sustainable past forty-five minutes to an hour.  Athletes that train for hours a day are developing skill or training for sports that include adaptations inconsistent with elite strength and conditioning.  Past one hour, more is not better!

What if I am injured?

Contact us to see what we can do for you.  Our coaches can easily design CrossFit workouts to work around most injuries until you recover.  In fact, we have found that functional movements scaled to capacity coupled with common sense and patience offer the quickest path to full rehabilitation.

Will it be hard?

Yes, but not impossible.  Every workout will be scaled to your ability by your CrossFit coach.

Can I keep up?

Yes.  Everyone here started out just like you.

I’m a female.  Will I get big and bulky doing CrossFit?

No, we don’t train that way.  If you don’t believe us, check out the CrossFit main site and search for the elite women competitors (Camille L. and Julie F. are great examples).  These women work out just as much as you will (or more) and they are not big and bulky, just fit and athletic.

What is a Group Class like?

In an hour-long group class, we will warm up and then usually spend up to the first half of class working on a skill such as proper exercise form, new lifting movements, balance training, gymnastics-type training, or a hundred other things.
 
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How many people are in a class?

This can vary from class to class, and depending on the time of day.  There can be one athlete up to 15 (or more).  We do not cap our classes at a certain number and will never turn someone away due to a class being too big.  Our solution to that problem…always have multiple coaches on hand to make sure that all of our athletes are getting the training that they came here to get.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes, you can.  We take Visa and MasterCard.

Is it worth it?

We definitely would say that it is worth it, but we are a little biased.  The only person who can truly tell you if it is worth it, is you.  The only way you can objectively know is to show up and participate in a workout.