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What You Need to Know Before Joining the CrossFit Pleasanton Gym Community

Jason Smith

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Jason Smith, (2018, September 2). What You Need to Know Before Joining the CrossFit Pleasanton Gym Community. Psychreg on Health Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/gym-community/
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Playing sports, outdoor biking, jogging, swimming, and other outdoor and sport workouts are the favourite of the majority because of their light and fun mood. Meanwhile, health enthusiasts in Pleasanton who want to see toning and weight loss effects on the body usually tend for more strenuous, advanced workouts like what you can find in a CrossFit Pleasanton gym

Before enrolling in a CrossFit Pleasanton Gym, here’s a brief background of what CrossFit is: 

Founded in California in the early 2000s, CrossFit constitutes an especially conceptualised functional, high-intensity workout routines that must be performed continuously with minimal breaks from set to set for a short period of time. CrossFit is consistently treated as a high intensity interval training or HIIT programme that consists of varied high intensity movements. Compared to a typical gym programme where same workout routines are repetitively tackled on a daily basis, CrossFit’s routines vary every day with an aim of keeping trainees excited and motivated until the end of the course.

Duration-wise, CrossFit can be carried out for varied periods; it can even be done for only 15 minutes a day as long as the daily course is carried out properly and continuously. Because CrossFitters are obliged to perform strenuous movements without long interruptions, positive effects can be seen only in a matter of days especially in terms of body composition, agility, and performance. How CrossFit has helped people feel stronger and get fitter makes it a workout that is continuously thriving in popularity throughout the world, especially in one of the cities in the state where it first originated – Pleasanton, California.

CrossFit has been raved about in the world of fitness enthusiasts but the number of risks that comes in performing them is no secret as well. Many say most CrossFit programmes are made unsafe and lousy because of their strenuous nature but the good news is, these can actually be managed or even eradicated as long as you are enrolled in a Pleasanton CrossFit gym and are constantly trained and assisted by an efficient and legit CrossFit coach. 

CrossFit coaches portray an integral role in monitoring and evaluating CrossFit routines and ensuring that they can only cause minor minimal to zero risk of injury. Therefore, sans them, every CrossFit gym community can have prevalent risks ahead of them from being involved in HIIT. 

Fortunately for Pleasanton residents, there are quite a number of reliable Pleasanton CrossFit gyms in the place and more likely than not, there is always at least one gym that guarantees the safety of every affiliate member.  

Choosing the right CrossFit Pleasanton gym

If you are a newbie in CrossFit, the success of your journey depends majorly on your consistency, and your CrossFit Pleasanton Gym is also a vital factor that contributes to that success. Hence, in choosing a CrossFit gym, you also have to take into consideration some key areas besides the level of expertise of your CrossFit coach, the accessories and equipment present in the facility, the size of CrossFit class you are in, and the overall CrossFit programme. 

To help you decide whether or not to enrol in a particular CrossFit Pleasanton gym or not, below are some tips to heed: 

1. Enquire about the gym’s availability of CrossFit coaches and trainers

As the CrossFit fiasco continues to boom, many CrossFit gyms in Pleasanton are stuffed with CrossFit beginners and expert CrossFit affiliates who do not mind pushing each other to the limit to reach their goals. But as this is the case, the number of required CrossFit coaches needed to accommodate a large class size also increases. Not having enough coaches can hugely affect the effectivity and efficiency of the CrossFit programme. This is why people who are interested in enrolling in CrossFit classes are advised to choose only a Pleasanton CrossFit gym that is manned with at least five coaches who can train, motivate, and monitor trainees in different shift schedules. 

2. Research about each trainer’s level of qualification and expertise

A CrossFit gym may have employed more than five coaches but that is not an instant guarantee that the gym is the right one because a gym can always hire but is it really hiring the right people? 

CrossFit is an HIIT, thus hiring a coach should be done in a proper manner; factors must be thoroughly assessed. One of these is the coach’s qualifications. This part will determine if the coach is able to keep the right amount of focus needed to be drawn to the trainees all throughout the training. You would know that a coach is qualified if he has enough patience and passion in carrying out the job. Apart from this, the coach also has to bear enough and up-to-date knowledge about the latest trends and techniques in the CrossFit world which can be proven in certificates or awards the coach has earned. 

Another factor to take into account is the coach’s experiences. They say experience is the best teacher. The coach may be a bearer of a number of degrees and certificates but experience also matters as much, as this gauges if the coach can be effective in training the CrossFit members or not; training that also involves a lot of motivation and accompanying.

Last important factor to consider in assessing a CrossFit coach is his knowledge about the field. With enough knowledge and experience, the coach is expected to instil the importance of proper nutrition and diet to his students in achieving success. Knowing that the coach can teach a nutrition plan is also a big plus for the students. 

As many trainees of CrossFit already have set their goals before the onset of the programme, it is necessary that the coach can give genuine motivation and support to them all throughout their journey. But with the right experience, knowledge, and qualifications, these can easily be achieved.

3. Check out the CrossFit gym’s safety precautions

As CrossFit often exposes trainees to injury risks, it is important that the gym should have proper safety precautionary measures. Barbell lifting, kettle bell swinging, gymnastic routines, and a lot more must be done with safety precautions and first aid kits, and preliminary aids must be deployed at all times even before a day’s session starts.


Jason Smith did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh.  He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being. 


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