CrossFit vs. Big Box Gyms

It strikes us as odd that the big box gyms advertising their services on TV and on the radio talk a lot about the lack of commitment necessary to join.

Now, we know they are referring to the fact you don’t have to sign a contract to join when they talk about “no commitment”, but the language can be misleading to those who want to get fit, since committing to a regular fitness program is the best way to see results.

To us, it doesn’t seem like a good business model when you tell your customers up front they don’t have to show up on a regular basis.

In fact, it seems more likely this language is intentional so that these gyms can take advantage of the people who sign up on a whim and then can never be bothered to cancel their membership when they inevitably stop going. They choose, instead, to let the gym take ten bucks out of their bank account every month for the foreseeable future without seeing any tangible gain.

That’s the wrong way to do business when it comes to the business of exercise.

At CrossFit, we value commitment.

When you sign up to try CrossFit, we encourage you to show up on a regular basis. If you don’t, we won’t hesitate to send you a text or an e-mail to remind you we haven’t seen you in a few days.

When you do show up, you’re not going to see machines collecting dust on the gym floor, either.

While we do have assault bikes and rowers at our disposal (and we do use them) we prefer to have our members throw around weights and use their body weight to get fit. The only dust you’re going to see on the machines is the dust from the chalk our athletes use to keep their hands from blistering during a WOD.

Another benefit of coming to a CrossFit class, as opposed to one of those fancy big box gyms, is that our coaches will push you.

Have you ever been to a gym and saw somebody “using” the exercise bike, when they were really just sitting there scrolling through their Instagram feed on their phone?

What’s the point of paying money to do something you can do from the comfort of your home?

You won’t see anyone being lazy at a CrossFit box. Our coaches are going to make sure you are putting your all into the workout, so that you can walk away knowing you got your money’s worth.

Speaking of money, CrossFit isn’t cheap, at least as far as gyms go.

If you think ten dollars a month is too pricey, CrossFit isn’t going to fit into your budget. But once you invest and start going on a regular basis, you make sure you make time to get to a WOD. Not only are you spending your hard-earned money, but you are starting to see results in your fitness that you never dreamed of at a big box gym, so the investment becomes worth it.

Of course, you can always choose a big box gym over a CrossFit gym. We won’t hold it against you. But don’t complain when you don’t see gains for your minimal investment.

Nothing worth doing was ever done on the cheap, and your fitness is no exception.

When you are ready to get into the best shape of your life, come talk to us. We’ll be ready to help.

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