FAQ

CROSSFIT FAQs

(scroll down for Adult Gymnastics FAQs)

I have done CrossFit before. Do I have to do the Level 1s?

If you have more than 3 month’s CrossFit experience in a registered CrossFit affiliate, you may join our mainstream classes. However, if an instructor feels you may benefit from covering some of the basics again, you may be directed to take some or all of the Level 1 classes.

Do you offer taster sessions?

Yes, they run on the fourth Friday of each month at 17:30 in our 9 Malcolm Place facility. You will have the opportunity to speak to a coach to address any concerns you may have as well having a try of a CrossFit-style workout. The session is free, but you will need to sign-up and book-in before showing up.

Alternatively, our sister box in Vauxhall, CrossFit SE11, runs a Free Taster Session on the second week of every month on Wednesday at 20:30. We share a booking website with them, just select CrossFit SE11 in the ‘location’ tab to view their schedule.

I’m worried I’m not fit enough for CrossFit yet. What do I need to before I start?

There is no minimum level of fitness needed to start. All you need is a pair of trainers and a willing attitude.

CrossFit is infinitely scaleable and we don’t expect you to be able to perform any particular movements before you begin (a pull-up, for example). The Level 1 classes will fully prepare you for all the movements you’ll need in the mainstream classes.

Can I drop-in?

We cater for drop-ins but you will need to book-in first. Find details here.

Do you do t-shirt swaps?

Unfortunately not. But you can buy our t-shirts from the online store and pick up in the box

How old do I have to be to join in?

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in our classes.

 

ADULT GYMNASTICS FAQs

Is Adult Gymnastics dangerous?

Yes! The simple answer is that  most gymnastics is about jumping in the air,  doing something cool and landing. It’s very easy to land badly and twist an ankle, twist a knee, hurt a wrist, tweak a neck. Of course we have mats and super-soft stuff to train on – but nevertheless this ‘sport’ has a high risk factor.

Our notable injuries include an experienced instructor showing the most basic cartwheel drill, and twisting her ankle.

One of our assistant instructors broke his ankle landing in (another gym’s) foam pit. Many of our clients are office workers and , frankly, they can still hobble to work if necessary. If your career depends on your limbs working, you may not want to take the risk. If you are a professional footballer, maybe give it a miss!!

What if I have a medical condition?

If you feel you have a medical condition that could impact your training, we suggest you book  a personal training session with Andrew Stemler as your first point of contact with us. Simply book a session with him on the online diary, or email him directly.  Here, we can assess the nature of your condition, whether we need to talk to your doctor, and what reasonable adjustments we can make to keep you safe.

The long and short of the situation is that Gymnastics is not a cure for anything. It’s a cool, marvellous sport that many people love – but it will simply make your bad back, your neck pain or your twisted ankle worse. Many of the shapes will exacerbate any  conditions you have.

By attending one of our sessions, you are telling us that you are injury free.

It’s called “Adult Gymnastics.” Can my under 18 child attend?

Nope. This is an adult gymnastics class, sorry. Check out the East London Gymnastics centre for children’s classes. We will however accept some underage gymnasts on a personal training basis.

How much do the sessions cost?

This sort of depends what “pack” you buy, but a single one-off session is £15.

You can get deals and discounts for buying sessions in bulk, but we suggest that you do a single session first, make sure you enjoy it, and then go from there. The full fees breakdown can be found here.

It’s not worth buying a monthly pass, so look at the 5 and 10 carnets. They are time-based, so they will expire if you don’t use them. BUT, session prices are the same as CrossFit ones.

I’ve never done gymnastics before. Which session should I attend? ( but am very physically talented. I’m a dancer/martial artist/Yogi/Pilates expert/CrossFitter. Can I skip on to the intermediate class?

Nope. Start with  CrossFit Beginner L1 or Gymnastics Level 1.

Do you offer free sessions? Can I rock up and pay on the day?

No and no. You must book and pay for your session in advance. We welcome pre-paid and pre-booked drop-ins , but discourage spectators in the facility. If you want to experience CrossFit for the first time, book in to the free 30 minute taster session most Thursdays.

How do I go about booking my first session?

Head to the getting started page and follow the instructions! It’s really easy!

I don’t have internet access or a credit/debit card. What can you do to help?

Our facility is exclusively designed for credit/debit card holding internet users. Perhaps a friend can help you out?

Do you offer personal training in gymnastics?

Yes: at 3 Gales Gardens in Bethnal Green E2, we can arrange off-peak personal training sessions in tumbling.

Single Gymnastics personal training session: £60
5 Gymnastics personal training sessions: £270

Email andrew@crossfitlondonuk.com for more information.

How old do I have to be to join in?

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in our classes. Keep an eye out on our blog for information on special workshops for kids.

What qualifications do your coaches have?

In order to teach our gymnastic classes, our instructors need to pass our internal assessment process and demonstrate:

1) That they can perform the move, and
2) demonstrate that they are capable of putting together a  drill-based approach to help adult learners approach the task.
3) They are highly conscious of safety
4) They are able to teach adults to spot each other
5) They are able to use a range of teaching skills from simple demonstrations, to using effective oral, physical and video feedback.

This often means we are unable to use  ‘elite  gymnasts’ as they are geared towards teaching elite children.

Our coaches are assessed on their understanding of the move, the range of drills they bring to the table, their ability to empathise with adult learners, set up appropriate practises  and effective safe spotting regimes. The are required to have an up to date First Aid certificate.

For all other membership options follow the link below:

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We offer discounts to members of the Armed forces, Emergency services and full-time students. (This does not apply to drop-ins; it is for regular members only). Click here for more information.

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