Beginners Level 1*
At CrossFit London we offer beginners two main paths to getting started with CrossFit: group classes and/or personal training (depending on your timetable and finances).
Crossfit is varied, genuinely fun and properly challenging, but we need you to have a skill set before you join our Level 2 classes.
Beginners (Level 1) classes
These are 60 mins sessions running once or twice a day
Each of the seven Level 1 sessions covers a specific part of our beginner’s syllabus, and you will need to complete each session at least once in order to ‘graduate’ to our Level 2 sessions. If you have never seen a bar before, plan to go through level 1 twice.
You can complete the first five sessions in any order that you choose.
- Session 1.1: Squats, Front squat, Overhead Squat
- Session 1.2: Squats, Press, Push-press, Push Jerk
- Session 1.3: Squats, Deadlift, Sumo deadlift, Sumo deadlift high-pull & box jumps
- Session 1.4: Squats, Pull-ups, Push-ups and Ring Dips
- Session 1.5: Squats, kettlebell swing, kettlebell snatch & Turkish get-up
- Session 1.6: The barbell snatch*
- Session 1.7: The clean & jerk*
Each session covers the skill work above, and ends in a structured, scalable workout based on those skills.
* Sessions 6 & 7 build on techniques from sessions 1-5 .You will only be able to book on to Sessions 6 and 7 once you have completed all the previous sessions ( 1.1 to 1.5) and been ticked off. Please allow 24 hours for your attendance at these classes to be recognised on the system. Sessions 6 and 7 cannot be reserved in advance of this.
The aims of the beginner sessions are to ensure that:
- Your technique is solid and safe
- You have had some exposure to the intensity of CrossFit exercises
- You are comfortable with the scaling that you may require for some of the exercises e.g. pull-ups, ring dips
- Help you understand how you learn physical tasks; maybe taking this test will help
There are also some extra reading and tips we deliver during the sessions
During 1.1 (barbell squats)
we will remind you to wait 24 hours for the register to be updated maybe join the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/120739937983656/ and review a hamstring stretch
During 1.2 (presses)
We will suggest you buy a skipping rope maybe teach you a tricep stretch and remind you about our definition of fitness : What is Fitness http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ-trial.pdf
During 1.3 (Deadlifts)
We will probably show you a quad stretch, but mention one of the risks of high intensity workouts “Rhabdo”
Many of the drills you will see in our beginner classes are videoed, and broken down into stage by stage photographs with supporting copy in the ‘StemlerFit Olympic Weightlifting’ app only £5.99.
Also available,’ Stemlerfit Kettlebell Training’, only £1.99.
(These apps are iPad only, not available from/for iPhone or Android)
Classes Fee structure Beginners sessions work on the same as regular classes, meaning that you can pay for single sessions or packs of 5 or 10. We do not suggest you get a monthly membership until later.
Once you have completed the Level 1 sessions, you can progress on to our classic CrossFit Level 2 classes.
Before attending your first Level 2 class you will need to buy a skipping rope, and put it in your kit bag.
Beginners personal training
These are 60min sessions running throughout the week as part of CrossFit London’s Personal Training schedule. The sessions are 1-to-1 with a CrossFit London coach and cover the same syllabus as the beginners classes above.
These sessions have the advantage over the classes of:
- Taking place at a date and time of your choosing, throughout the week
- Being able to 1-on-1 with a CrossFit London coach
A single CrossFit Beginners Personal Training session is £60, with five beginners sessions available for £220 (one-time introductory offer). Please note: similar to the beginners Level 1 classes, it is likely to take at least five 1-to-1 sessions for you to demonstrate competence in the techniques.
(*Trainers: This is NOT the same as the CrossFit Level 1 Certification. They are only organised by www.crossfit.com)
If you do not see any sessions that suit you on our timetable, drop Andrew an email with your preferred times and he will see what can be done. (it’s unlikely it will be in class times, though)
if you are not sure you want to embark on lots of technical learning and would prefer to start your Crossfit journey with simple moves and get exercising straight away, our Bootcamp could be a great way to start. Click here for some more information
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.
Are you fit enough to train?
This is an interesting question. We have advanced athletes and normal gym members start at Crossfit London, but by implication, we assume you are fit enough to make your way through an hour’s worth of activity. We discuss some fitness ideas here.
If you are really nervous, or out of condition, do consider working with one of our fabulous personal trainers
Health & Safety
CrossFit is deliberately, and by design, a real-world, functional fitness programme with ‘nowt taken out’. By this we mean that some of the exercises and techniques that we use can be dangerous if performed incorrectly or with poor technique. This is why we spend a great deal of time and energy on drilling technique and skills through the beginners’ Level 1 programmes. To this end, our safety record is very good – a fact you can check by reading through our online health and safety logs.
However this sort of exercise regime is not without risk. You can – and probably should – expect to pick up some bumps and bruises along the way. Our coaches and clients discuss this aspect of CrossFit training in the following article on the website.
We are most certainly NOT preaching “no pain, no gain”. However, if the idea of picking up a few “owies” along the way really turns you off, then CrossFit may not be the right programme for you.
If you would like to book on to one of the above options, click on the ‘Getting Started‘ button (above) for more information, or go right ahead and click on ‘Book Online‘ to access the booking and scheduling system.
You will be able to complete these sessions at the Crossfit London E2 venues or at Crossfit SE11 if you are nearer to Vauxhall.
You can mix and match!
If you have any further questions, do check out the FAQ page .