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Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, pull up rigs, atlas stones, kettlebells
Students should bring: Comfortable workout clothes; we have a cold water fountain
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Concentrate on technique, work hard, be consistent, and challenge yourself.
Q&A with Tommy, Coach
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We give people free Bat City branded swag and permanent discounts just for having good attendance at no extra cost. For example, six workouts earns one koozie; 15 workouts earns one water bottle; and 21 workouts earns a free t-shirt. If you hit large milestones like 100 workouts, we give you a permanent discount of 10% off and your picture on the wall of fame. We put every single athlete's personal record on the board so they can see themselves constantly getting stronger and faster. It also helps coaches to know exactly what each athlete's stats are. Workouts are constantly varied—but not random—and focused on getting stronger and faster in a safe environment. We also give people free membership to Beyond the Whiteboard so they can track their workouts.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. Safety is our number one rule. You start by learning technique, then you gain consistency, and then you can apply intensity. It's not always easy to go to a large, faceless gym by yourself with no coach to build a program that's right for you. While one or two coaches runs each class, participants support and root for each other. The last person to finish a workout is just as important as the first person to finish a workout. You can compete against each other, or you can just compete against yourself. Everything is scalable, and we have athletes of all ages and fitness levels. Also, everything is measurable, so you'll see yourself getting better every day.
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