Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where is CrossFit PEI?
2. Do I need experience or some minimum level of fitness?
3. What if I’m REALLY out of shape and I’m kind of terrified?
4. I have/had an injury. Can I still do CrossFit?
5. What about cardio?
6. What happens in a free Give It a Go Class?
7. I’m really fit and would like to skip the free Intro Class and take Group Workout class, can I do that?
8. But what if I’m really, really fit?
9. What if I can’t fit one of the Fundamentals courses into my schedule? Do you do Private Lessons?
10. I just relocated to the Charlottetown area, but I’ve been CrossFitting so long that I named my kids “Fran” and “Helen.” Can I please come to a Group Workout class?
11. I’m just visiting Charlottetown, but I’ve been CrossFitting for so long that I do kipping pullups in my sleep. Can I please come to a Group Workout class?
12. Can I just come to CrossFit PEI and work out on my own?
13. What do I need to bring?
14. Do you offer Personal Training?
15. Do I have to become a member to do Personal Training?
16. Do you take credit cards, cash, and personal checks?
17. Can I have a receipt?
18. Do you sell t-shirts?
19. Do you have showers?
We’re located in the PEI Taekwondo space in the back of the House of Sport (formerly known as the House of Sport). Directions can be found here.
No! One of the many great things about CrossFit is that every workout can be scaled or modified to suit any fitness level. What that means is that a new CrossFitter and a veteran Crossfitter can do the same workout, but the workout is scaled according to each athlete’s fitness level. We teach our athletes how to scale and modify workouts in all of our introductory programs and our coaches always provide modifications in our regular group classes. You do not need to get in shape before starting at CrossFit PEI. That’s what we are here for.
We promise you’ll be totally fine. Trust us. We’ve had tons of people come in the door who were fatter, weaker, older, and less coordinated than you are, and they were totally fine. And, more importantly, most of them joined the gym and are now in great shape. Click here to learn more about getting started.
While we are not physicians, (and we highly recommend you discuss any workout program with yours), we do find that many of our members have successfully used CrossFit to rehabilitate from minor injuries. Because people continue to move, work, and play in the real world regardless of injury history, we believe the best route to long-term health is to learn perfect form on functional movements, and to slowly build strength in those movements, rather than to avoid them altogether. At the same time, our instructors are always happy to work with you to scale and substitute exercises and tailor workouts to your abilities. That said, we cannot offer you specific medical advice, and again we advise that you consult your physician before starting this (or any other) exercise program.
Surely because we never do any long sessions of running, CrossFitters can’t have any endurance or stamina. Wrong. The widely touted measure of aerobic stamina and endurance is VO2 max, the amount of oxygen that your body can consume during sustained aerobic exercise — medium intensity stuff like distance running or biking. There is a common misconception that long bouts of aerobic exercise are the only way to build stamina and endurance, but this simply isn’t true.
In the same way muscles must be taken beyond their limits and torn to stimulate growth, your ability to process oxygen must be pushed out of equilibrium in order to increase your capacity to process it. Running at some level below your aerobic threshold (i.e. less than 100% VO2 max) will do little if anything to increase this ability. To push it out of equilibrium and induce growth you have to workout at 200% or more of your aerobic ability. In metabolic terms, you need to work the high-intensity phosphagenic and glycolytic pathways in order to improve the medium-low intensity aerobic pathway.
Still want to learn more? Check out this article from the CrossFit Journal.
Each Intro Class contains a quick introduction to CrossFit. You’ll do some stretching, some basic movement work to learn perfect form, and then a brief workout based on those movements. This hour-long class is a great way to get a real taste of the CrossFit approach. You are welcome to come to as many free Intro Classes as you’d like, although after a first visit most people are hooked. (Basically, you’re about to find out you could be getting a way better workout, in way less time than you are right now.)
No. There are no drop-ins to the WOD classes. You are to complete our Fundamentals Course before being allowed to take Group Workout classes.
No means no. If you are really, really fit, we can scale up the workouts in the Fundamentals Course for you. We promise we can leave you lying on the floor, sore and gasping even after one class of the Fundamentals Course.
Yes. For the same price you can take the Private Lessons providing that an instructor is available.
We’ll need to assess your Crossfit abilities, and whether or not you need to complete the Fundamentals Course. Unless you’ve trained extensively at another affiliate and gone through a foundations program there similar to our Fundamentals Course, chances are you’ll be required by us to go through our Fundamentals Course. To discuss further, please reach us through our Contact Us page if you are in this situation.
We welcome experienced CrossFitters from all over the world. Just check our class schedule and email us in advance of your first Group Workout class. Please be sure to arrive 10 minutes early for your first class to fill out a waiver and introduce yourself to the coach. Let the coach know your level of experience with CrossFit training and if you have any limitations. Please note that it’s $15 cash to drop in ($10 for full-time mil/fire/police/students). CASH ONLY.
No. We take pride in offering you the best fitness available with qualified trainers. We only offer classes and one-on-one sessions, which yields better, safer, and faster results than having people simply use the facility by themselves.
Just yourself. And basic ‘workout clothes’ – shorts or sweats, a t-shirt, sneakers, water bottle. We provide everything else.
The short answer is no, lifting weights will not bulk you up. In fact, it will help you burn more calories and look better naked.
Yes. You can learn more about our Personal Training program here.
Yes, we accept cash and personal cheques. We do not take credit cards.
Of course. Come on by and buy something cool.
Yes we do! We have 2 individual showers in each of the locker rooms.