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As Crossfit continues to grow the amount of information out there about Crossfit grows as well. Unfortunately however, what we have found is that a lot of the information out there, or at least people’s perception of what Crossfit is, who it is for, and what it is all about, is flat out wrong!

So we are going to clear up some of these misconceptions in this 5 part series titled “5 Misconceptions About Crossfit”

  1. Crossfit is the same every where, and it is just like what you see on TV.

This false belief is rooted in two things. First off, to address Crossfit as seen on ESPN at the Crossfit Games vs what is actually done here in the gym at Studio 831, we will give a little history on Crossfit.

Crossfit was actually founded right here in Santa Cruz by Coach Greg Glassman. At it’s inception and for much of its early history it was a strength and conditioning program but not by any means a sport as it is today. Sure Coach Greg trained some pretty awesome athletes, and produced some pretty awesome athletes, but the methodology itself was always intended to be applicable to everyday people. The reality is that in most Crossfit gyms across the country, including here at Studio 831, the vast majority of the folks doing Crossfit are everyday people. We have people from all walks of life and backgrounds and their training goals are just as varied as they are as people. Some of our members are athletes and are looking to compete in sport, whether it be Crossfit or a different sport, but most of them are just looking to get a little more fit, build a little strength, maybe lose a little weight, and have a good time while doing so.

The second part of this misconception is that Crossfit is the same everywhere you go at every Crossfit gym across the country. While there are certainly similarities the truth is that every Crossfit gym is individually owned and what is done in one gym may be entirely different from what is done in another.

Here at Studio 831 our big emphasis is to get the right workout to the right person and as such we have a variety of options to best suit the needs of everyone that walks through our doors. We have group classes and individual options and we are going to always do our best to make sure that your workouts are tailored specifically to your needs. What you won’t find here is a one size fits all approach with drill sergeant like instructors that are trying to force you to do things your body just can’t handle.

If you would like to get some more info about how our programs work at Studio 831 and find out whether or not we are a good fit for you just reach out and we will be happy to set up a free consultation to talk about your goals and how we can help you achieve them.


  1. I have to be in shape to start Crossfit

It has always struck me as odd that when I have conversations with my friends and family and encourage them to come give Studio 831 a try one of the most common things I hear is that they want to get in shape before coming into the gym. I think this belief that one must already be fit to start working out with us is also rooted in the idea that most people doing Crossfit are chiseled competitive athletes that look more like a greek god then a normal person, but as we discussed in the first part of this series, that just isn’t the case.

There is no minimum requirement for fitness to start working out at Studio 831. Now we do have members that have been with us for as long as ten years and have accumulated a tremendous amount of experience in that time, but even they had a first day at some point! We have had plenty of people come to us with little to no exercise background and they have benefited as much, or perhaps even more, from our programs as everybody else.

That being said, as with starting any new endeavor there is a learning curve involved with getting fit. And that learning curve can be quite challenging at times, but let’s be honest, that challenge is part of what makes it worthwhile. In challenging our perceived limitations we learn a lot about who we really are as people and how we react to a tough situation. One of our 10 principles for success is to ‘Embrace the Challenge’. Sometimes our biggest challenges in life actually present our greatest opportunities for achievement. If you look back and think about the things in your life that you have done that you are most proud of they will probably all share the common thread of being some of the most intimidating things to start and some of the most challenging things to stick with.

So if you are one of those folks that is ready for something new, is wanting to see a change in your fitness, but aren’t feeling like you are ready to start yet, think back on some of those previous challenges and how even though you may have been intimidated you were able to find a way to make it happen. Keep in mind that the first step is always the hardest but once the momentum builds it will become easier and easier to stick with it.

Still not sure you’re ready to give Studio 831 a try? Give us a shout to set up a free one-on-one fitness consultation, no commitment, just a chance to chat with us about your goals, our programs, and whether or not we are a good fit for each other.

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