Frequently asked Questions

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a fitness program that uses constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity to improve ones fitness level.  We define fitness as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.  Essentially, we prepare for the unknown and unknowable.  We want to be ready for any task at any time and be able to perform it to the best of our ability.

What Does “WOD” Mean?

WOD stands for “workout of the day”  and will typically be the main portion (meat and potatoes) of your session.


Is CrossFit for me?

Sure! Crossfit is for everyone from grandparents to soccer moms to military personnel to  elite level athletes.  Because we use all functional movements in our training, our workouts will help you perform better at every day tasks whether that is playing with your children, having better posture on your feet all day at work, kayaking with your family on camping trips or being able to try fun and new activities you previously thought were out of reach. Who knows…. you may even want to try your hand at a local CrossFit competition!


What makes you different from a traditional gym?

At Life RX we are more than just a gym, we are a community.  Here your coaches know your name and your workout buddies in class become your friends. We enjoy working out together, supporting each other, doing social events together, and joining together to support our local community. At our gym you will always have someone to help keep you ACCOUNTABLE to your fitness goals.


Why is it so expensive?

CrossFit is a mixture between group and personal training. Personal trainers typically charge anywhere from $40-$70/hour for their services.  Let’s say you trained with a trainer 3 days/week at $40/hour for one month. The total cost would be $480. Comparatively, let’s say you purchase an unlimited membership with us for $130/month.  Let’s also say you are an average member attending class 4 days/week.  You end up paying $8.10/class for quality coaching, results driven programming, and group accountability.


Although most traditional gyms typically charge somewhere between $20 and $60/month, you are basically turned loose on the equipment with little instruction or guidance.  Who is there to push you when you get tired and the weights get heavy?  Will anyone miss you if they don’t see you at the gym for a few days?  Who is going to help make sure you are performing your movements safely and correctly?  Who is going to motivate you when the honeymoon phase is over and you need to switch up your training to see results. That’s what your Life RX coaches are for, and that’s the reasoning behind our pricing.

I heard I can get hurt doing CrossFit, is that true?

Yes.  The truth is, people can get hurt doing anything if the task is not performed correctly or people do not take into account prior levels of fitness, flexibility, or health.  Also, with any sport, comes risk.  Runners often get shin splints, tennis players get tennis elbow, swimmers get rotator cuff issues, basketball players sprain ankles, and people who sit on the couch all day get obese, high blood pressure, and diabetes.  With that being said, at Life RX Fitness, we make it a priority to ensure your safety above everything else.  We emphasize TECHNIQUE BEFORE INTENSITY and our coaches keep a watchful eye on every individual throughout their entire workout to make sure proper technique is maintained. Our programing emphasizes proper warm up, mobility, and improving accessory strength which will make your body more resistant to injury. When performed correctly, with good coaching, CrossFit is both safe and very beneficial.


Is CrossFit too hard for me?

Absolutely not.  All of our workouts are accessible to any level of fitness (see scaling below).  We WELCOME beginners.  No, you do not have to be in shape to start CrossFit.  Our goal is to help you get in BETTER shape NO MATTER where you START.  Remember, our goal is to meet you WHERE YOU ARE and help you become the best version of yourself.


Am I too old to start CrossFit?

Absolutely not.  Age is just a number.  We have athletes from age 13 - age 78 working out in our classes and we welcome someone at any age.  Our philosophy is to start wherever you are and make you better- it is never too late to start making healthy choices for yourself and taking control of your fitness.


What does scalable mean?

Scalable means that our workouts can be tailored to any age or fitness level.  What is written for the WOD is just a guideline- our knowledgeable trainers can help you alter the workout properly to ensure you are getting a great workout, staying safe, having fun, and performing exercises that meet your specific needs.


Will CrossFit make me too "bulky"?

Don’t worry. CrossFit is primarily a core strength and conditioning program,  and does not pack on muscle the way most people think. (at least not without a LOT of extra strength work and some strict nutritional guidelines).  For most people, CrossFit training will result in a leaner, more toned looking version of you!

How many days a week should I CrossFit?

When first beginning Crossfit, we recommend coming 3 days/week. As your soreness lessens and you start getting more comfortable with the movements, we recommend coming 4-5 days/ week for best results. Working hard is very important, but remember, your rest is equally important.  You should always listen to your body and take at least one active recovery day each week.


Should I still come if I'm sore?

Starting a workout program can be challenging. Making the time to exercise, creating a balanced routine, and setting goals are hard enough, but add to that the muscle soreness that comes with adapting to that regimen, and it may be difficult to stay on track. Chances are, you won't be leaping out of bed to get to the gym when it hurts to hold your arm up to brush your teeth. After participating in some kind of strenuous physical activity, particularly something new to your body, it is common to experience muscle soreness, say experts.

"Muscles go through quite a bit of physical stress when we exercise," says Rick Sharp, professor of exercise physiology at Iowa State University in Ames. "Mild soreness just a natural outcome of any kind of physical activity," he says. "And they're most prevalent in beginning stages of a program."

There is a different between being injured and being sore. Always talk to your coach about your soreness.  We will also give you tips and advice on mobility, stretching, proper sleep, hydration and nutrition to keep you moving closer to reaching you goals.


How do I get started?

You can schedule a FREE TRIAL class online or pop in to observe a class any scheduled class time.  Once you sign up, one of our coaches will talk to you about our foundations program for members new to CrossFit.

How do I terminate my contract?

We offer contracts to ensure your commitment to the program as well is save you money over time. However, we understand life happens. We require a 15 day notice on any cancelation. There are only 2 ways to terminate a contract.

1. Injury - We must recieve a doctors note stating you are no longer able to continue.

2. Move - If you move more than 30 miles away.

Can I get a refund?

We do not offer a refund for any reason. 

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100 N Mechanic Street

Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Tel: 269-815-0115


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