You probably have at least one friend who does CrossFit, but when they tell you all about it, you’re still not entirely sure what it is or if it would be a good fit for you. If you’re in search of a new workout routine, CrossFit is a great option to look into! At Centripetal CrossFit in Erie, Colorado, we provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere so our fitness family can feel comfortable while achieving their personal fitness goals.

Whether you’re a cubicle warrior looking to get into shape or a former elite college athlete, we can find a fitness program that works best for you. Interested in trying out CrossFit? Your first class is on us. Contact us today for more information!

But chances are, you’ll probably love CrossFit! That’s why there’s more than 13,000 gyms with CrossFit based workouts in more than 120 countries — let those numbers speak for themselves. In this blog, we’ll dive a little deeper into what exactly CrossFit is and how you can personally achieve your goals if you opt to join our fitness family!

What exactly is it?

CrossFit is a workout program that combines elements of cardio, weight-lifting, core training and more to offer a complete full-body workout that leaves you feeling sweaty, tired and accomplished. It was developed by Greg Glassman over several decades, who wanted to develop the perfect high-intensity workout that was effective and efficient. It’s utilized by many professional athletes across the world as well as tactical operations teams and police academies.

CrossFit has evolved to be an inclusive fitness program that can be done by people of any physical fitness level. At Centripetal CrossFit, our members vary in age and athletic capability, but we are still able to adjust our workouts so they can all see successful results. That’s the beauty of CrossFit — it can work for just about anybody.

What does a typical CrossFit workout look like?

A typical CrossFit workout will consist of a warm-up, a particular skill or strength exercise to work on, and most famously, a Workout of the Day (WOD). Here’s a basic breakdown of what you can expect during each segment.


The warm-up will likely be an exercise element that gets you ready for the workout by elevating your heart rate and by getting your body’s blood pumping.

Skill/Strength Work

This part of the workout focuses on one specific exercise for you to work on. You can spend more time on this section of the workout to improve your technique and form. This typically varies from barbell work to bodyweight exercises to kettlebell usage.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

The Workout of the Day will be different every time you step into our CrossFit gym. These WODs consist of different workout elements, from cardio to weight-lifting, and depending on your physical ability, you’ll have a certain amount of sets and reps per workout element.

For example, here’s a good sample WOD from CrossFit’s website:

  • Intermediate Option: 40-30-20-10 reps for time of: wall-ball shots, row, sit-ups

    • Men: 20-lb. ball to a 10-ft. Target
    • Women: 14-lb. ball to a 9-ft. target
  • Beginner Option: 30-20-10 reps for time of: wall-ball shots, row, sit-ups

    • Men: 10-lb. ball to a 10-ft. Target
    • Women: 6-lb. ball to a 9-ft. Target

And don’t worry if you don’t know what any of that means — our coaches are more than happy to help and explain!

What benefits will I get from it?

There are SO many benefits to getting involved with CrossFit! With our program, you’ll be training your body to work at its peak fitness and health levels. Below, we’ve listed just a few of the many benefits you’ll get from going to CrossFit regularly:

  • You’ll increase your physical performance, ultimately preparing your body for any competition or activity.
  • You’ll overcome any physical plateaus you might have hit in another workout routine.
  • You’ll lose weight, and you’ll lose it a lot faster than sticking to a steady cardio routine.
  • You’ll get into a regular workout routine, thanks to our gym’s comfortable, fun and relaxing atmosphere!
  • You’ll make friends with other members and your coaches.
  • You’ll learn better nutritional habits.

Really, the list can go on and on. Try your first class free at Centripetal CrossFit!

Do I need to be physically fit before I start?

Not at all! At Centripetal CrossFit, we have members who vary in age and athletic capabilities, and they all see the same results! You should never feel forced to complete every part of the workout. We want you to listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Just know this — if you stick with our CrossFit routine, you’ll reach your personal physical fitness goals and more!

What should I expect?

You can expect to get a great workout in and to try new exercises that might feel a little odd at first. As all first workouts are, it might even be pretty difficult for you! But don’t get discouraged, as that feeling is the start of your body getting stronger! Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t know how to do something or if you need to do a variation of a specific exercise. Our coaches and trainers are around to help you do what is best for your body type and fitness level!

When you get started at Centripetal CrossFit, you’ll try our baseline workout, meet our wonderful coaches and chat with a trainer about your personal health and fitness goals. During your free intro session, you will receive the following:

  • A baseline fitness assessment
  • An overview of our unique training methodology and class options
  • A tour of our world-class training facility
  • Specific information on how to transform your health, fitness, and lifestyle in record time
  • And much more!

Get Started Today!

At Centripetal CrossFit in Erie, our coaches love helping our CrossFit family members reach their goals. Whether you’re in an established workout routine or are barely starting with your physical fitness goals, we can help you reach them with our high-quality CrossFit workouts.

Are you considering trying out CrossFit or switching CrossFit gyms? Give us a call today at (303) 717-7284 or fill out our online form. If you’re in the Erie area, we invite you to come check out our CrossFit gym for yourself! We look forward to meeting you!