Our Group Class program is by far the most popular; designed to meet the needs of our diverse community, including full-time moms, shift workers, accomplished athletes, and retired grandparents; everyone benefits from the group programming.
FundamentalsIf you are new to CrossFit we require you to take part in our Fundamentals program. Here you will be taught the majority of movements you will need to know to perform the workout of the day (WOD). This program is a series of 12 – 20 sessions depending on your fitness level. This is where your coach will instruct you through the core exercises associate with the 5 basic human movements of Push, Pull, Hinge, Squat and loaded carry. Remember that the CrossFit methodology is designed on emphasizing and improving ‘functional’ movements, things you do on a daily if not hourly basis. Just because you are learning doesn’t mean you will not be breathing heavy or sweating hard. You will be surprised at how a simple squat will increase your heart rate and how challenging ‘functional’ movements can be on your cardiovascular output. Each session ends with a short workout where you will practice what you learned and a short information session on nutrition and lifestyle.
How can an elite athlete and a retired grandparent benefit from the same workout?It’s easy: every movement programmed at CrossFit North Okanagan is infinitely scalable allowing each and every person to work within their own work capacity. For example, a workout may include pull ups, a move many people can not perform when they begin. For grandma, we may use differing resistance bands to aid in reducing the load she has to move to complete the movement, this allows her to get stronger within the movement and work within her own strength capacity. The elite athlete may just perform the movement as prescribed or we may use the addition of a weighted vest. It all depends on the client, that is why your coach will aid you in scaling movements where necessary.
Supportive CommunityThe most fun aspect of group coaching is the encouragement from your fellow community members. I guarantee you never got cheered on at your local gym to do another push up or lunge, especially whilst they were also working out. The supportive community developed during your group workouts is one of the main reasons people love CrossFit; surrounding yourself with a community of like minded individuals with the desire to be healthier and happier assures you the best chance of achieving your goals.
Fraction of the Cost of Personal TrainingGroup coaching allows our members to work with a professional coach for a fraction of the investment. All of our members are assigned to one of our professional coaches who are responsible for monitoring progress and holding their athletes accountable to achieving their fitness goals. In our one-hour group sessions, participants will be lead by our expert coaches through multiple phases of fitness and recovery:
- Mobility drills to improve and restore joint mobility and function
- Skill-based warm-up to prepare the body for the workout
- The Workout of the Day WOD – which might be any combination of gymnastics, running, jumping, squatting, kettlebells, Olympic weightlifting, and more
- Post-workout recovery techniques to prepare you for the rest of your day and for your next workout