Following are some of the most common questions people ask…
What is CrossFit/What is a P60 Class?
PARAMOUNT’s P60 classes are 60-minute, coach-led, CrossFit group classes! CrossFit is a workout methodology based on constantly varied, high intensity movements that help everyday life. Why it works is because your body never adapts to any one movement, thereby keeping the effect of any given day’s workout at maximum – and you never get bored. The intensity that everyone takes part in ends up galvanizing our supportive community.
How busy are your group classes?
At Paramount, we prioritize quality over quantity. We keep our group classes smaller in size for the purpose of more hands-on quality coaching for our athletes. On average, you will find class sizes ranging from roughly 5-10 athletes.
What does a P60 class look like?
- Coach Briefing / “Whiteboard Talk”
- Dynamic warmup
- Strength or skill work
- WOD (Workout of the Day) ranging anywhere from 5-30 minutes.
- Post-workout stretching
- A great community keeping you accountable!
What do I need to bring to class?
- Comfortable workout clothes
- Preferably flat-soled athletic shoes
- A great attitude!
Will I or can I get bulky doing CrossFit?
Not necessarily. Unlike bodybuilding which focuses on isolated and specific movements, CrossFit is based on functional movements that our bodies were designed to do. It is the ultimate way in developing lean body mass, losing fat and increasing your fitness level. However, if gaining more muscle is something you are interested in, we offer workouts that are specifically designed for that.
Is CrossFit for me?
Absolutely! Your needs and the Olympic athlete’s differ by degree not kind. Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, balance and coordination are each important to the world’s best athletes as well as to our grandparents. The very same methods that elicit optimal response in the Olympic or professional athlete will optimize the same response in the elderly. Of course, we can’t load your grandmother with the same squatting weight that we’d assign an Olympic skier, but they both need to squat. In fact, squatting is essential to maintaining functional independence and improving fitness. Squatting is just one example of a movement that is universally valuable and essential, yet rarely taught to any but the most advanced of athletes. Through painstakingly thorough coaching and incremental load assignment, CrossFit has been able to teach anyone who can care for themselves to perform safely and with maximum efficacy, the same movements typically utilized by professional coaches and athletes.
What is a “Core Strength and Conditioning” program?
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program in two distinct senses. First, we are a core strength and conditioning program in the sense that the fitness we develop is foundational to all other athletic needs. Second, we are a “core” strength and conditioning program in the literal sense, meaning, the center of something. Much of our work focuses on the major functional axis of the human body, the extension and flexion of the hips and extension, flexion and rotation of the torso or trunk. The primacy of core strength and conditioning in this sense is supported by the simple observation that powerful hip extension alone is necessary and nearly sufficient for elite athletic performance. Running, jumping, punching and throwing all originate at the core. At CrossFit, we endeavor to develop our athletes from the inside out, from core to extremity, which is how good functional movements recruit muscle, from the core to the extremities.
What are some examples of CrossFit exercises?
Biking, running, swimming and rowing in an endless variety of drills. The clean & jerk, snatch, squat, deadlift, push-press, bench-press and power-clean. Jumping, medicine ball throws and catches, pull-ups, dips, push-ups, handstands, presses to handstand, pirouettes, kips, cartwheels, muscle-ups, sit-ups, scales, and holds. We make regular use of bikes, the track, rowing shells and ergometers, Olympic weight sets, rings, parallel bars, free exercise mat, horizontal bar, plyometrics boxes, medicine balls and jump rope. There isn’t a strength and conditioning program anywhere that works with a greater diversity of tools, modalities and drills than CrossFit.
What if I don’t want to be an athlete, I just want to be healthy?
You’re in luck. We hear this often, but the truth is that fitness, wellness and pathology (sickness) are measures of the same entity, your health. There are a multitude of measurable parameters that can be ordered from sick (pathological) to well (normal) to fit (better than normal). These include but are not limited to blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, body fat, muscle mass, flexibility and strength. All of the body functions that can go awry have states that are pathological, normal and exceptional. The CrossFit view is that fitness and health are the same thing. While a health professional typically maintains your health with drugs and surgery, each with potentially undesirable side effects, the CrossFit Coach typically achieves a superior result always with “side benefit” vs. side effect.
How do the weightlifting classes work?
Our coached weightlifting classes (10-11AM & 5-8PM), are not structured like a group/CrossFit class. They are at your own pace, come and go as you please, work on what you want to work on, open gym-style. We offer two different weightlifting programs:
- Olympic Weightlifting (5-days a week) – includes classic lifts, technique work, strength work, accessory work, and conditioning 2-3x per week (warm-ups & cool downs included).
- Strength/Hypertrophy – less Olympic lifts, more traditional strength lifts and body-building type work (warm-ups and cool downs included). Great for general strength building and sports performance.
You are always welcome to jump in either of these programs during the weightlifting class, simply work on technique, or do your own thing! We have quite a variety of people doing a variety of different things, depending on their goals. Use the equipment and space as you will, we only ask that our weightlifters are respectful to any group classes or personal training going on.
Do you have a shower?
We sure do! We have a shower, locker room, and two restrooms available for athletes. (First come, first served for shower time).
What should I eat?
In plain language, eat REAL FOODS. Base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch and no sugar. That’s about as simple as you can get. Many have observed that keeping your grocery cart to the perimeter of the grocery store while avoiding the aisles is a great way to protect your health. Real food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all circumspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.