• What is Löwe Athletics?

  • What is CrossFit Löwe?

  • Why are you better than my gym?

  • For the kind of money you are asking for, why don’t I just go find a personal trainer?

  • I've heard that some strength and conditioning programs like CrossFit can hurt you, is this true?

  • What makes it so different from all the other stuff out there (park bootcamps, P90X, gyms) that tells me it will get me in shape?

  • What should I expect in my first workout session?

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

  • Do I need to get into shape before I start?

  • What does Scalable mean?

  • Can I just join up for any WOD class?

  • Do I have to train every day at CrossFit Löwe?

  • What is the "On Ramp" course all about?  What will I learn there?  Why can’t I just start working out with the rest of the group?

  • I am afraid that I will get too bulky.

  • Can I really get a good workout in less than 60 minutes?

  • What if I am injured?

 
What is Löwe Athletics?

We are a functional training studio specializing in functional training, weightlifting, mobility and stability training, athlete training, corrective exercise, performance enhancement, speed, agility, plyometrics, isometrics, and OPT programing. This is all brought to you by a multitude of classes such as; CrossFit Löwe,  Löwe Endurance, Löwe Run Club, CrossFit Competitors, Löwe Elements, Löwe Lift, RomWOD, and Löwe On Ramp. One on one training is also available.

What is CrossFit Löwe?
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program that we use at Löwe Athletics. It’s a workout methodology based on constantly varied high intensity functional movements that help everyday life.  It works because your body never adapts to any one movement thereby keeping the effect of any given day’s workout at maximum – and you never get bored.  The intensity that everyone takes part in ends up galvanizing our supportive community. We use an endless supply of strength, stability, mobility, and cardiovascular equipment from rowers, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, sledge hammers, tires, and much more!

 

Why are you better than my gym?

The business model for most franchised gyms (we call them “globo-gyms”) is they want you to sign up and never come in.  You may get a tour of the gym, or a quick overview of the equipment with a trainer, but you’re on your own after the first one-hour session.  They aren’t there to ensure technique is good when the weight gets heavy or you get tired.


Further, you are as accountable to us as we are to you!  We believe in earning your loyalty, that’s why we don’t charge initiation fees.  WE WILL EARN YOUR BUSINESS EVERY DAY.  If you haven’t come in in a week, we notice.  So will the members you’ve grown accustomed to working out with.  Expect a call or an email, or even a friendly call out on Facebook, if you haven’t been coming in!  Of course, there will ALWAYS be a coach watching form in our classes.  This leads to less injuries and the confidence to best your previous efforts.  Plus, you can drop the bars and weights on the floor at CrossFit Löwe, our floors and weights are made for it!

For the kind of money you are asking for, why don’t I just go find a Personal Trainer?
You could do that, but you’d end up paying a great deal more.  Let’s say you find someone that’s willing to train you for $25/session and we’ll even go as far to say that they have every piece of equipment that you’ll find at CrossFit Löwe.  Even if you only go 3 times a week (we encourage 4+), that’s $300 per month, well over our price.  Also, you probably wouldn’t get the camaraderie, competitive push, and/or the support that you’ll feel working with others in a group setting.  If you’re finished first, you’re still expected to support everyone else that is still working.  So, when you’re done, you’re not really done!

I've heard some strength and conditioning training like 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, and couch potatoes get obesity, high blood pressure, and coronaries.  At CrossFit Löwe we will instill Technique BEFORE Intensity.  We will keep you safe by having a watchful eye on you during your entire workout.   By increasing your strength, mobility, and stability we will actually make it harder for you to get injured!  Training done properly is both safe and potent. The stronger you get in CrossFit the more difficult it is to get injured outside the gym as well.

What makes it so different from all the other stuff out there (park bootcamps, P90X, gyms) that tells me it will get me in shape?
Admittedly, most of our functional movements and exercises aren’t groundbreaking or new.  However, the way we mix them up and combine that with knowledgeable eyes-on coaching, mobility and nutrition advice is NEW.   If you’re working out at home, you risk bad technique and probably not pushing your strength potential.  At an ordinary bootcamp, they vary exercises, but gaining real strength may be an issue as well as certified coaching.  Gyms, may give you all the great equipment, but can you drop it if it gets too heavy? Or have the ability to gauge your intensity?  Is the coaching affordable?  Is there enough equipment available and is laid out so that you can maintain intensity safely?  Is anyone talking to you about nutrition?  Simply stated:  our dose of exercise programming is the most potent out there.  Why do you have to wait to get in shape?

I've 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.

Do I need to get into shape before I start?
This is a common misunderstanding. Fitness is a life long journey. We have athletes start at all levels of conditioning. CrossFit is very efficient at improving your fitness no matter where you start. Most of our members came to CrossFit Löwe after a decade or more of little to no activity. The workout you see posted on our site is for our most advanced athletes and a version of this workout is scaled specifically to meet the needs of each individual in our classes.

CrossFit Löwe has worked hard to create a culture where people of all ages, athletic backgrounds, and fitness levels can come together.

What does Scalable mean?
It means we can adapt the work out to suit your, or anyone’s, level of fitness and ability. Scaled according to your ability!

Can I just join up for any WOD class?
Yes, as we teach technique in every class.  You may want to look into our Prep Course classes that teach you the elemental movements of CrossFit, first.  We break things down in 12 classes over the month while also giving you a good workout.

Do I have to train every day at CrossFit Löwe?
No, we encourage you to train intensely but also rest periodically to recover from the exertions as well.  It’s vital to keeping you healthy and allowing you to push next time to new personal bests. Over-training is something we discourage because it does not help you achieve your fitness or health goals and increases the risk of injury.  We recommend either a 3 days on, 1 day off approach, but we find that a 5 days on, 2 days off works better with most people’s schedules.

What is the "On Ramp" course all about?  What will I learn there?  Why can’t I just start working out with the rest of the group? 
CrossFit Löwe is committed to three tenets:  Technique, Intensity, and Community.  However, without proper Technique, you won’t be able to transition to performing with great Intensity.  It’s the way we keep you safe from injury.  The "On Ramp" course will not only give you a good sweat, but it will instill the proper mechanics to keep you safe and in the long run allow you to lift more efficiently and heavier as well as some book knowledge on why CrossFit is so effective and why nutrition is key to your physique and your power output.  We won’t forget teaching you about mobility as well, to keep you active and injury free for years to come.  I appreciate you’re ready to get going and will always consider fast tracking you, but we have to ensure that any bad habits you’ve gotten by not working with a coach in the past.  You may have an injury just waiting to happen with 100 more bad reps!  By completing the "On Ramp" Course at CrossFit Löwe you’re also letting the rest of the athletes know that you’ve assimilated proper technique and you’re ready for the intensity of a workout.

I am afraid that I will get too bulky.
This is a common concern for new members. In order to get bulky you would need to do all of the following:
Eat an extremely high calorie diet: Athletes focused on putting on muscle mass often consume in excess of 3000 calories a day.
Spend most of your time lifting very heavy weights: While CrossFit Löwe members do spend some time picking up heaving weights it is only a portion of our workouts.


Be genetically predisposed to adding muscle: Women especially, are not hormonally predisposed to add large amounts of muscle.

Can I really get a good workout in less than 60 minutes?
Absolutely yes! There is a growing volume of research on High Intensity Training (HIT) that shows the benefits of shorter and more intense workouts. We have had a number of ultra runners and tri-athletes that have seen an improvement in their overall and sport specific fitness after decreasing the duration but increasing the intensity of their workouts.


Not only can you get a substantial workout session in less than an hour, but with CrossFit you also learn, develop and refine an abundance of physical skills, training techniques and mobility drills.  With specific teaching progressions and our focus on the science of mechanics of movement, you can increase your physical abilities with just 2-4 hours each week.  It is not magic, it is hard work… and the results speak for themselves- see our testimonials page.

What if I am injured?
We have worked with a number of people with significant injuries. All workouts can be scaled to account for someone’s injury or lack of mobility. Many of our athletes have found relief from back and neck pain by strengthening the muscles that support these areas. All too often people neglect exercising due to a previous injury creating a situation where they are more susceptible re-injuring the affected area. We have found that CrossFit provides people with an increase in strength and mobility that acts a buffer to future injury.

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