We start everyone with personal training.
We used to throw people straight into group classes, but found this to be a recipe for injury and failure. We tried group on ramp classes; that didn’t work either. We found that personal training is the best way for members to become prepared for success in CrossFit and that is what we have been doing since early 2010.
We rely on functional movements –like squats, cleans, snatches, pull-ups, and a host of others – and when done incorrectly they can cause injury. We teach people to move correctly. Incorrect movement patterns can be caused by not knowing how to do the movement correctly-you were taught wrong or never learned (motor control issues), but it is also very often caused by mobility and flexibility restrictions that prevent correct posture during the movement. It takes time and coaching expertise to get people ready for group classes. We have the expertise, and personal training gives us the time to fix the problems and get it right. It might take 40 sessions, it might take 4 or 5. For most folks it takes about 10.
Try this self test for shoulder mobility. Lay down, back against the floor. Squeeze your belly, pull your rib cage down and take the arch out of your back. Now with absolutely straight arms raise your hands over head until you can touch the floor behind your head. If you have to arch your back or butt away from the floor, or if you have to bend yoru arms, you’ve got a problem in your shoulders and you will get injured doing overhead movements if you don’t get it fixed. We can fix it.
Improving your fitness is a slow process. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses when they show up at our doors. Some members struggle with mobility, others with stability, others yet come to us after injury or surgery and need to be handled with care. At the other end of the spectrum, some folks arrive at our door well conditioned with an impressive athletic background.
The point is we all have different needs when we start. It doesn’t make sense to put everyone into a group fundamentals program or to throw folks right into classes. At CrossFit Atlanta, by the time you graduate to classes, you’ll have a good understanding of 30-40 movements, and you will know exactly how to scale each movement to your abilities if you’re not yet able to master everything.
This also means that by the time you get to classes you will feel confident and comfortable showing up to hit the workout with the group. You’ll be prepared for success.
Our physical benchmarks are scores our members must reach on specific movements and workouts before they graduate to group classes.
Benchmarks are a way to measure your progress so we know when you’re ready for group classes. And once you’re in group classes, benchmarks continue to allow us to assess your development.
On your end, understanding the benchmarks will help you see exactly what we’re looking for, and exactly what level you need to be at before you’re safe to enter group classes.
Consequently, our benchmarks also help group classes run smoothly because we know that everyone in attendance is at an appropriate fitness level.
CrossFit Group Class
Mondays thru Fridays at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 AM, Noon, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 PM. There’s also a women-only class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:30 AM. We have classes on weekends on Saturdays, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 12:00 Noon. There are also Sundays 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 6:00 PM. We offer more classes than any other CrossFit affiliate in the area.
We know you have a busy and hectic schedule, and since we have more coaches and apprentice coaches than any other CrossFit facility, we have the ability to put offer more classes than other facilities.
But more than this, our morning coaches do not coach in the evenings, and our evening coaches do no coach in the mornings. This means that you will not be coached by a tired, burnt out coach at 8 pm. Our coaches work a manageable 20 to 30 hours a week, so they have plenty of energy to give to each member and each class.
We don’t just offer personal training and group classes. We offer both seasonal and ongoing specialty programs for members who are looking to work on their weaknesses, or for members who just want to mix it up a bit.
Read more about the following programs below.
- Olympic Weightlifting
- Basic Gymnastic Skills
- Pose Method Running
Email [email protected] for more information about these programs.
Our specialty programs help members tackle their weaknesses, and they simply provide more options for experienced members who want to try something new.
There are many elements that go into making a world-class facility. From the training components like having enough space and equipment to practical components like free parking -please enter others here- our facility has all the necessary components to help you get fit and stay fit for life.
Imagine having to fork out an extra six dollars every time you park your car for a workout. Or having to park a kilometer away from the facility. This is the case for many downtown locations.
Inconveniences like parking are enough to deter you from going to the gym at all. Things like having plenty of natural light and big bay doors might seem like small peanuts, but when they’re taken away, people notice.
In short, everything runs more smoothly when things are convenient.
We have been around since 2005, longer than anyone else in Georgia. We have learned through trial and error what people need and want from their training facility.
The strength of CrossFit Atlanta lies in our community, and a myriad of member organized events and activities. From meet ups at homes and pools, to events at the gym like BBQs, Hallowe’en parties, and events like Casino Night, our members enjoy the gym community for more than just fitness.
Fitness is something that should make your life better; it’s not something that should dominate your life. We believe it’s important to be well-rounded. to know how to let loose, have a drink and socialize with friends.
And we have learned that members who are engaged in the community and have made friends with other members are more likely to show up – because they come not just to workout, but also to see their friends.