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General FAQs
What exactly is CrossFit?

We get this question a lot! So we’ve dedicated a whole page on our website to answering it. (See What is CrossFit?)

Where should I park?

We have shared space at the front of our unit in the retail plaza.  Additional parking is available at the back of our location as well.

Where is CrossFit Ark?

We are located in the town of Aurora, Ontario.  Our mailing address is 40 Engelhard Drive, Unit 7, Aurora, ON, L4G 6X6.  We are west of Bayview Ave. and east of Yonge St.; north of the Vandorf Side Rd. and south of Wellington St. W.

How do I start working out at CrossFit Ark?

Come to the gym, call 905 503 2637 or email to schedule your free trial workout.

Why does it cost more than traditional gyms?

CrossFit is group classes where there is a specially trained and certified coach teaching the class. This is not like a traditional gym where there are hundreds of members who come in and are left to their own devices, often waiting for a machine to free up or trying to figure out what to do next.  With traditional gyms, you get what you pay for.

Our classes are similar to Personal Training in that the direction and support of the coaching will be customized to you and keep you accountable, but at a fraction of the cost of hiring a private trainer.  Come see for yourself!

What is a WOD?

WOD is an acronym that stands for Workout of the Day.

What is a CrossFit Box?

As opposed to the term gym, “box” refers to the space or facility of a CrossFit affiliate.

What are some other acronyms or terms I might need to know?

Quite often we use terms in CrossFit that you may not be familiar with.  Here is a list of a few of the most frequent terms:

amRAP – As Many Reps (sometimes Rounds) as Possible

C2 – Concept II rowing machine
GHD – Glute ham developer
GPP – General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
MetCon – Metabolic Conditioning workout
Muscle ups – Hanging from the rings or bar you do a combination pull-up and dip so you end in an upright support
Pood – A Russian unit of measure used for kettlebells; common ones: 1 pood =36 lbs; 1.5 pood = 54 lbs; 2 pood = 72 lbs. Approx db equivalents are 35, 55, 70
PR – Personal Record
Rx or as Rx’d – Done as prescribed or as written. WOD done without any scaling

benchmark workouts – WODs that are considered ideal examples of CrossFit Training. Often seen as performance based indicators of progression.
Tabata – Example: For twenty seconds do as many reps of the assigned exercise as you can – then rest 10 seconds. Repeat this seven more times for a total of 8 intervals, 4 minutes total exercise.

For Time – is a reference to recording the overall duration of the WOD. “For Time” generally implies that you should complete the WOD in best form and technique at relatively high intensity and as quick as possible. In short you are racing the clock.

Getting Started FAQs
Is CrossFit right for me?

If you are someone who: 

    • Is looking to get in shape but can’t face going to a gym
    • Has lost interest in your gym routine
    • Thinks you don’t have time to exercise
    • Needs more accountability or support to workout than just being left on your own in the gym
    • Is looking to get faster or stronger in your sport
    • Is no longer seeing results with your current training regime, OR
    • Just wants to look good in a bathing suit,

Then CrossFit IS for YOU.  To learn more about what our clients have to say, visit our Testimonials page.

Do I need experience or some minimum level of fitness?

No, CrossFit is for everyone.  Every workout can be modified to meet you at whatever your starting place.

What if I am REALLY out of shape and I’m kind of scared?

You’re safe here.  We’re not going to push you forward too fast but we will help you see optimal progress and results quickly.  Tons of people (who were overweight, had muscle weakness, weren’t very coordinated and didn’t have youth on their side) have gotten into great shape with CrossFit.  They were fine; you will be too.  Your willingness to change and mindset are key.  

Check out our Getting Started page for more information.  


What happens if I can’t do a certain exercise?

There is ALWAYS a way to modify or scale an exercise so that you will be challenged at your own level and pace and our coaches will show you how.  Progress is the key.

I’m female – will CrossFit make me look bulky?

CrossFit will build functional, lean muscle to complement your genetic body type.  Unlike bodybuilders who train their muscles in isolation, we train using high intensity and multi-joint movements that your body was naturally designed for.  So you’ll lean out, increase your cardio output and build strength, but you won’t get big and bulky.

How many days a week should I do CrossFit?

Since the workouts are constantly varied, you can CrossFit a lot!  Four (4) workouts a week will get most people in excellent shape and meeting their fitness goals.  However, you’ll need to review your goals and availability and adjust accordingly.

Should I continue training if I am pregnant?

Maybe. If you are already a CrossFit Ark athlete, as long as your doctor has not recommended that you stop exercising, we will modify the workouts for you. Come to workouts as long as it feels good to do so.
If you are not currently attending CrossFitArk, give us a call after your baby is born and we’ll help you get back into shape!

Still want to know more?

If you have any further questions relating to CrossFit or CrossFitArk, contact us at info@crossfitark.com or call us at 905 503 2637.


Member FAQs
Should I reserve a spot in the class I want to attend?

Not right now as our membership is still growing…

But eventually, you will be asked to to sign up, to avoid any disappointment of just showing up and finding out the class is full.  For right now…just come on in!

What do I do if a class is full and/or there is a waitlist?

If a class is full, please add your name to the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist and someone cancels their reservation, we will let you know by email that you have a spot in the particular class. (The waitlist also allows us to see if we need to add more classes.)

What is the cancellation policy for classes?

You can use our reservation system to cancel your reservation up to 24hrs before a class. Within 24hrs, please call or email us to let us know.  Please be considerate and help us to offer available space in advance to anyone still looking to get in a workout.

Can I put my pass on hold if I go away?

Yes, you can put your pass on hold once a year.  The minimum amount of time to hold a pass is 1 month and a deposit or an administrative fee may apply.  Passes will only be put on hold if you let us know before you go away. 

Can I come to different class times on different days?

Of course! All CrossFitArk monthly memberships and class packs entitle our clients to attend any of our scheduled classes or to workout during the Open Gym time.  If you’re new to CrossFitArk, check with us on which class would be the best place for you to start.