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What is a workout of the day (WOD)?


A "WOD" is led by the Newton Abbot CrossFit coach, who reviews the movements that will be performed during the workout, then keeps a watchful eye on each of the athletes in the class. The WODs are done in a group setting. Typically each group is 10-15 people. You will never be left lone while working out. The Newton Abbot CrossFit coaching staff keeps an encouraging presence throught your entire experience. 

Am I going to be the only one not "in shape"?


Absolutely not! That is the reason we all show up to train! We want to work on our fitness. You Don't have to have any exerperice working out. You don't have to be familiar with what CrossFit is. Any one, regardless of fitness level, skill, gender and age can learn how to do CrossFit. 

Why are the workouts done in groups?


CrossFit LionEdge is a community. The athletes of our box are all a part of this community. During the workouts, we encourage and quite frankly, EXPECT, that each athlete supports one another during the workouts. It's typical to find that not only do you have your CrossFit coach pushing you through a workout, but also your fellow CrossFitters will be encouraging you as well. Still not surte, what this means? You are welcome to observe any CrossFit class you want. Just stop by during a scheduled workout. Please arrive a few minutes before class is set to begin to meet with a coach. 

What if I don't know what the workout is?


Before you begin taking CrossFit classes, we will sign you up for the “FUNDAMENTALS” course. . During that time, a CrossFit Coach will teach you the nine fundamental movements of CrossFit, as well as educate you on the overall programming methods of CrossFit. This is an interactive session, which will be setup in the following way: Instructional phase, where we introduce the movement, participation phase, where you practice the movement and the evaluation phase, where we make sure you are doing the movement to our expectations. Then we will put you through a guided warm-up, workout and cool-down. These classes are done with other Foundations athletes – remember, we are a community!

How often should I train in one of the classes?


We recommend a schedule of three to five days per week. That means, you should listen to your body, if you are just starting out and train every other day and then build up to five or six days per week just be sure to take recovery time when needed. 


What is the On FUNDAMENTALS course?


During these sessions, you will learn the nine fundamental movements of CrossFit (Squat, Overhead Squat, Front Squat, Strict Press, Push Press, Push Jerk, Deadlift, Sumo Deadlift High Pull, Back Squat and Thruster). Each session builds on the previous session so we encourage you not to miss a session. On Ramp Programs also allow us as coaches to get to know you, your strengths, areas that need work or special training circumstances for each individual. It’s a great way to also get to know the other athletes. CrossFit Mentality values our community (athletes) and since the workouts are done as a group and we are supportive of one another, it is very important to us that we get to know you and that you get to know others. We also value safety, which is why we require everyone to be proficient in the fundamental movements.

I've heard of people competing in CrossFit. Do I have to?


Nope. Most CrossFitters do not compete. Although, we encourage any one who wants to, to go for it! Each year there is a sectionals competition in which CrossFitters compete for a spot in the Regionals. If the athlete advances from the Regionals, they will compete at the annual CrossFit Games held in Southern California. The CrossFit Games involve CrossFit athletes from all around the globe. In fact, the CrossFit Games slogan is “The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.”


Can I try it?


Yes. We encourage anyone new to CrossFit or new to Newton Abbot CrossFit to try us for free. Participation and first-hand experience are a must when it comes to CrossFit. There is no better way to find out if CrossFit training is right for you, than to observe and participate in CrossFit with the hands-on instruction of a CrossFit LionEdge coach. If you are interested in a free trial training session, please call or send us an email.

Drop-In Policy


If you are visiting Newton Abbot, and have CrossFit experience at another CrossFit affiliate, you are welcome to join us for a training session. Our drop-in rate is £7 per session. We do request that you call or send an email to let us know you will be coming. Sometimes we hold special events or have adjusted hours and we want to be sure you are informed of this.

I heard from my gym that CrossFit can hurt you, is this true?


Yes and no.  First, consider the source, they don’t want you to leave and they’ll plant fear to further their gains.  OK, so onto answering the actual issue, not dodging it.  ANYTHING you do in life can injure you if you don’t do it correctly, or haven’t taken into consideration your level of fitness, flexibility or health. If you’re spending too much time on the couch right now, that’s hurting you, too! Runner’s get shin splints, tennis players get tennis elbows, strength trainers get strains, basketball players get sprained ankles, couch potatoes get obesity, high blood pressure and coronaries.  At Newton Abbot CrossFit we will instill Technique BEFORE Intensity.  We will keep you safe by having a watchful eye on you during your entire WoD.   By increasing your strength and flexibility, we will actually make it harder for you to get hurt!  CrossFit done properly, is both safe and potent.

I heard that CrossFit is too challenging for someone like me.  Is that true?


One of my favorite quotes is this:  “If you think you can’t do something, you can’t.”  The person who told you CrossFit was too challenging for you might not be up for the challenge, but I’m guessing you’re reading this because other options have failed you in the past.  The answer to your question is a resounding “No.”  One of the beauties of CrossFit is that it is infinitely scalable, which means that we can tailor any movement we ask our members to do to meet your current level of fitness.   Every new member will talk to the  Coach about your health history, current body issues, and your short and long term goals so that he can help you reach them.  Turns out that both Olympians and Grandmas can benefit from CrossFit, the only difference is the prescribed scale for the movements.



Your workouts contain push-ups and pull-ups. I can’t do a single one of either. How can I work out with you?


Lots of people can’t do a push-up or a pull-up. We decrease the load, change the angle, provide some supported analogue of a pull-up, so that even the most deconditioned person, or elderly people, or children, who start off not being able to do a pull-up eventually can do a pull-up. It’s about progression and starting with what the client can do, and working in reasonable steps toward what the goal is. It doesn’t really matter how long it takes. It just matters that steady increments of progress are made

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