FAQ

How does your gym work?

At CrossFit Ballina, there are no joining fees. Memberships run on a month by month basis – we want you to come and train, enjoy your membership, and get the results you are looking for. We don’t tie you into contracts as we believe what we offer is worth every cent you’re investing and that you will see the value it adds to your life. We offer much more than any conventional gym and feel that our coaches, facility, community and training methods will keep you coming back for more.

Sessions are run in groups of between 6 – 20 people and last for an hour. During each class, one of your expert coaches will run you through mobility drills, a skills-based warm-up, the Workout of the Day (WOD), and Post-workout recovery techniques. All movements are explained and time is spent learning/refining these skills. The group performs the workout together, creating a tremendous feeling of camaraderie and community. Workouts are also universally scalable, meaning seniors, sports professionals and people that have never exercised before can all be working out alongside each other while still seeing amazing results. These workouts will help you reach your fitness goals effectively and efficiently and we promise that coming into the gym will never feel like a chore again! The best part is that you will also make amazing friends along the way!

What else does CrossFit Ballina offer?

We offer personal training and programming, team and sport-specific training, Olympic weightlifting, gymnasticsParent’s and Bubs, movement therapy, yoga, Fit Kids, and nutritional guidance.

Why should I CrossFit?

You should CrossFit because it is a long term sustainable solution to fitness. Have you ever seen someone who can’t get out of a chair, or gets breathless walking up stairs, or can’t walk down the street without help? It is our belief that many of the ailments we see in old age are directly caused by a loss of functional fitness and/or poor nutrition. By training our bodies using every day movements with a wide variety of tools we firmly believe out athletes can lead productive lives regardless of age.

For those who compete in sports; functional exercises and skills transfer directly to the sporting area and lead to an increase in strength, speed, agility and flexibility among other benefits.

Where are your machines?

Apart from rowers we don’t use any. Machines often force your body to move in unnatural ways and can put unacceptable stresses on your joints. We primarily utilize functional movements which move your joints through their natural range and have a better carry over into life and sport. We don’t use machines…..we build them.

Do you have showers and changing rooms?

Yes, we have 2 changing rooms, 2 showers and an accessible toilet.

What should I wear?

Anything that’s comfortable and allows you to move freely. Boardies, shorts, 3 quarter length pants, joggers, t-shirts, jumpers, superman capes etc.

Why CrossFit Ballina?

We feel that the qualifications and passion that our coaches bring to the gym make CrossFit Ballina one of the premier CrossFit gyms in Australia. Each of our highly qualified coaches takes a personal interest in the members to ensure that they are motivated and working towards their fitness goals in an effective and efficient manner. In short; effective CrossFit programming, high quality coaching, and our member focus makes CrossFit Ballina like no other gym out there.

Why train at CrossFit Ballina rather than joining a gym?

Because CrossFit is a long term sustainable solution to fitness and the results are second to none. You can’t compare the results of 3 months at a gym with 3 months of CrossFit. The CrossFitter will be fitter, faster, more powerful and leaner. More importantly – the CrossFitter will probably still be training (while there is almost an 80% chance that the member at the traditional gym is no longer regularly using their membership). We provide skilled coaching, support, the appropriate tools and advice to keep you motivated and working towards your goals.

It seems expensive compared with a regular gym….

CrossFit Ballina is more expensive than a 24/7 gym but it is about as far from a ‘regular’ gym as you can get. We provide you with so much more than these gyms can ever offer. The average gym membership provides you with a standard, boring, repetitive program and no support. The ineffectiveness of the 24/7 gym program is reflected in the fact that these gyms have dropout rates of almost 80% in the first 12 weeks! This is precisely why they push long term contracts so hard. In fact, these gyms actually rely on only a small percentage of their members attending.

At CrossFit Ballina the opposite is true. CrossFit Ballina has a retention rate of over 80% since opening, with no contracts. The reasons for this huge difference? We provide our members with expert coaches, great programming that gets results, and we care about each and every one of you!

We provide personalized coaching during every workout, for every exercise…We not only teach you proper form and technique, we also help you to find a level of intensity within yourself that you may not even realize existed. If you wanted to pay for a personal trainer at a regular gym then you would be paying at a very minimum $50 for a one hour session (on top of your regular membership fee). This is far more expensive than an entire week of classes at CrossFit Ballina. The value for money speaks for itself.

Finally, the sense of camaraderie and community that we develop in our group classes is something you won’t find at a traditional gym, or through training alone. This is the best training you can get! The return on your investment will be huge, and your experience life-changing.

How long are the classes?

Classes are an hour long. During this time one of our highly qualified coaches will lead you through mobility drills, a skills-based warm-up, the Workout of the Day or WOD and Post-workout recovery techniques.

Sounds great – how do I get started?

Check out our “Get Started” page.

But I don’t want to get bulky……

It takes years of specific, dedicated training to pile on that much muscle. CrossFit will not make you big and bulky – but it will make you strong. 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.

What do you do for cardio?

We run, bike, swim, row, jump ropes, do body weight movements, and lift weights. Most mainstream gyms and health clubs will program clients a standard workout comprising of isolation movements and extended aerobic sessions. This routine is repetitive, boring, long, and ineffective (as reflected by the extremely high dropout rates at traditional gyms!).

At CrossFit Ballina we use compound, functional movements and short, high intensity sessions interspersed with longer, less intense duration efforts to achieve results. These movements and intensity levels have 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.

How will CrossFit change my appearance?

CrossFit is what you make it.  There are many goals people have when they step foot into a CrossFit gym.  Get healthy, lose weight, get stronger, improve mobility, improve performance in an outside sport, make friends, etc.  We can help you tailor your workout to fit your wants and needs. It’s important to communicate your goals with your trainers so we can help you succeed.

Will it help me lose weight?

YES! The movements and intensity offered by CrossFit demand more physically than traditional gym routines and therefore you will burn significantly more energy in a shorter time period. Most exercise programs paired with a healthy diet will help you become leaner, but the goal of CrossFit is much more involved. Not only will you lose weight but you will decrease your body fat and increase your lean body mass. Our goal is to help you be the healthiest and happiest version of you.

It sounds hard – I don’t think I’m fit enough…..

The beauty of CrossFit is that it can be scaled to meet the abilities of anyone. We modify our workouts in a way that will allow YOU to see amazing results.  Whether you are trying to lose weight, get stronger, or improve your performance in an outside sport, we can help you do it. The workouts are tough, but can be adjusted to suit all fitness and ability levels. That is the great thing about the Crossfit community and programming – it will challenge you at whatever level of fitness you are at. CrossFit will benefit all individuals, from elite athletes to seniors, 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, so we scale workouts, we don’t change them. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you are capable of CrossFit.

What is the WOD?

The workout-of-the-day (WOD) usually lasts 10-20 minutes, but can be as short as 5 minutes or last over 30 minutes. You never know what you are going to get! All of CrossFit’s workouts are based on functional movements. These are the core movements of life that are found everywhere and are built naturally into our DNA.

Unanswered Questions

Got a question we haven’t answered? Feel free to contact us. You many also want to check out the FAQs section of CrossFit.com.