Questions frequently asked

1) How does your gym work?

At CrossFit Kwetu there are no joining fees. Memberships run on a month by month basis – we want to you come and train, enjoy your membership and get results. We don’t tie you into contracts as we believe what we offer is so much more than any conventional gym that our actions and training methods will keep you wanting to come back.

Sessions are run in groups, capped at 10 or 15 people dependent on session. There is a set warm up followed by a set workout. All movements are explained, with time spent on learning these. The group performs the workout together, creating a tremendous feeling of camaraderie and community. Workouts are also universally scalable, meaning pensioners, sports professionals and housewives could all be working our alongside each other. Members get a great sense of achievement from completing these workouts and make friends along the way!

2) How do I get started?

3) What is the Workout or WOD?

The workout-of-the-day, or WOD as it is better known in the CrossFit world, consists of constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity. These workouts usually last 10-20 minutes, but can be as short as 5 minutes or even over 30 minutes. You never know what you are going to get!

4) What do you do for cardio?

Most mainstream gyms and health clubs will programme clients a standard workout comprising isolation movements and extended aerobic sessions. If you are lucky enough to have trainers who make you work intensely with compound movements they will often not be well coached and therefore inefficient, compromising your fitness and increasing chances of injury. Does the following sound familiar?

10 minutes warm up on bike
10 minutes leg machines
10 minutes upper body machines
10 minutes abs
15 minutes cross trainer
15 minutes run

Every time you go in the gym. Boring. Ineffective. And over an hour long.

At CrossFit Kwetu we use compound, functional movements and short, high intensity sessions to get you results, interspersed with longer duration efforts. These movements and intensity levels has been scientifically proven to be noticeably more effective at achieving desired fitness results. Sadly, most conventional gyms still embrace the old, much less effective methods of training and many gym goers remain unmotivated and rarely use their memberships.

5) It sounds hard. I don’t think I am fit enough…

The beauty of CrossFit is that it is applicable to anyone, and can be scaled to meet the abilities of anyone, allowing them to still work at an intensity relative to them. The workouts are tough, but can be adjusted to suit all fitness and ability levels. CrossFit will benefit all individuals, from elite athletes to pensioners, and is particularly beneficial to those needing a basic fitness for their profession, e.g. manual workers, emergency services and the military. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind, and so we scale workouts, we don’t change them. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you are capable of CrossFit. CrossFit training is unparalleled in its effectiveness but should always be approached progressively. The key ingredient to success here is real commitment

6) Will it help me lose weight?

The movements and intensity offered by CrossFit demand more physically than traditional gym routines and therefore you will burn significantly more energy in an shorter time period. Along with a healthy diet, over time you will become leaner. Weight loss is not a specific aim of the CrossFit programme but is certainly a welcome side-effect! If you train like an athlete and eat like an athlete, it is no great surprise that CrossFitters start to look like athletes.

7) But I don’t want to get bulky?

It takes years of specific dedicated training as a bodybuilder to pile on that much muscle. CrossFit will not make you big and bulky – it will make you strong and fit. This is usually a question asked by women – the female body is not designed to react that way to heavy weights. Put out of your head any pictures of female body builders – these ladies tend to look masculine because they train and ‘supplement’ in a way designed to increase muscle size. We don’t do either of these.

8) Sounds great! How do I start!?

All potential new members are welcome to attend 2 free taster sessions (known as ‘CrossFit Foundations’) on …

Once registered you will receive a welcome email – please read this and follow the link to complete our waiver – this is required before you train with us.

If you just want to jump straight in, that’s fine too. Register on our booking system and visit the online shop to buy a membership and come on down! We have carefully structured our classes and with the experience of our training team we are able to comfortably integrate new members without the need for an ‘ONRAMP’ (induction-type process). So what’s stopping you?

9) What if I don't have time to get to class or miss class, but still want to work out?

You have two options:

  1. Do the WOD on your own time anytime during the day or book a Personal Training session with one of our trainers
  2. Do the WOD at home or wherever you are! This is perfect if you’re traveling or in town but just can’t make it to the box. We publish the WOD to our blog everyday. >> Click to bookmark our WOD page.