All questions are good questions, here are a few of our most commonly asked ones.
I’m not sure if I want to commit to a CrossFit membership. Can I just drop in to try out a class?
In our experience we have found that a free "drop-in" is not the most effective nor safest way to get truly acquainted with CrossFit. We ask that you attend our on-ramp course first, where we will be able to answer all of your questions and/or concerns thoroughly and help you establish a plan of action. If you are not convinced after your on-ramp experience, your payment will be reimbursed.
I haven’t worked out in a really long time (or am recovering from an injury).
Will CrossFit be too hard for me?
No! One of the great things about CrossFit is that every workout can be scaled or modified to suit any fitness level. What that means is that whether you are new or a veteran CrossFitter, you can do the same workout, but the workout is scaled according to each athlete’s fitness level. We teach our members how to scale and modify workouts in all of our classes, and our coaches always provide modifications. You do not need to get in shape before starting at CrossFit Avalanche.
I’m visiting Lake Tahoe from another CrossFit gym. Can I drop in to a class when I’m in town?
Definitely. We welcome visitors from other CrossFit boxes to classes that have space available. Sign up under drop-ins here.
I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to get too muscular.
Lifting weights will not bulk you up. It will actually help you burn more calories.
I’ve heard people talk about CrossFit, but why is it that your members like it so much?
Our members love CrossFit because the workouts are constantly varied, we make a point of demonstrating each movement before the WOD begins, and incorporate stretching at the beginning and end of class to assist with a faster recovery following the workout. We have a lot of fun in and out of the gym, and many of our members have developed new friendships at CrossFit Avalanche. This is something we take great pride in!
Why do I need to sign up in advance?
It is important to sign up for every class in advance as it allows our coaching staff to keep the class running smoothly, to make the most of your time, as well as modify the workout to accommodate the number of participants, if needed, and provide the best possible coaching for each member.
CrossFit seems expensive. Is it worth it?
What CrossFit offers is not your typical gym experience. While our rates are comparable to any group fitness classes, the results you’ll achieve are unparalleled. Membership fees are applied toward equipment and facility costs, as well as the expertise of the Certified CrossFit Trainer coaching each and every class you’ll participate in.
Your typical gym experience relies on you knowing what exercises to do, and for you to have the self discipline and motivation to do it on your own. Very little guidance accompanies the standard gym membership, which usually results in boredom, injury and lackluster results. CrossFit offers personal training at a fraction of the cost. Our clients love it!
If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with additional information.
Can I do my own program?
Yes, during open gym time, Saturdays and Sundays 7:00 - 8:00 am.
Can I buy a T-shirt instead of paying for a “Drop in?”
Can I bring my second cousin “Tommy” with me? He does “boot camps."
No, “Tommy” is going to get hurt and ruin his Tahoe vacation. Take “Tommy” for a hike and keep him safe!
Can I see the workouts ahead of time? I like to “cherry pick” and come in only on the days that have the stuff I’m good at.
No, show up, throw down, have fun!!
Can you provide extra oxygen for me?
Negative, our gym is at an elevation around 6500’ above sea level. You are welcome to bring a Ficus plant with you and leave it near the door; they are known to produce high levels of oxygen.
I placed 416th in the 2016 North Region, can I stay after class and do more work?
Maybe! We run a very tight schedule, but there are some gaps. Please ask the coach and see if they have any room for you. Please be nice!
Can I workout for free?
Negative. We would love to make that happen, but we are a small business and we have bills to pay! We hope we can provide value to the money you spend with us. If not please let us know, don’t go on yelp.
All of these FAQs are making me sad, can you help?
Yes, we are in Northern California and most of us can give a good solid hug or two.