What is CrossFit?

I like to describe CrossFit as the three C’s: Community, Coaching, Counting.

Community: In CrossFit, you are training with like minded people who are striving to be awesome just like yourself. You push each other to be tougher. You cheer each other to show support. Community pushes us to be better people. Inside the gym and out.

Coaching: CrossFit is a sport. It’s the sport of fitness. CrossFit breeds the best Coaches in the industry. CrossFit is not just a workout, it’s an athletic strength and conditioning program. At the core of CrossFit Upland, if you don’t succeed, we don’t succeed.

Counting: You can’t improve what you don’t measure. At CrossFit Upland we track our workouts. We repeat WODs to see progress. If you are doing better, things are good. Full steam ahead. If your fitness goes down, we can look back a find out why. Has your sleeping been off? Sleep is crucial for recovery. Has your nutrition been off? Have you been missing classes? If so, correct course and keep moving forward (shout out to Meet the Robinsons).


So that is what I feel CrossFit is. There is no other fitness program like it.

What if I’m too out of shape for CrossFit?

Well… you need to start sometime. Don’t wait for that perfect time to start. Years will pass and you would have wasted valuable time. We offer beginner classes and personal training if you feel group classes are not for you.

Do you offer help with Nutrition?

The focus at CrossFit Upland is training CrossFit. We don’t offer eating plans or diet programs. Further, proper nutrition is crucial. It’s hard to out exercise a bad diet. If you don’t prioritize nutrition alongside CrossFit, you will be fighting an uphill battle.

How CrossFit Upland Thinks About Nutrition:

  • Eat real food
  • Not too much
  • Not too late
  • Don’t eat sugar

Do you offer beginner classes?

No, we don’t offer beginner classes. Part of what we do at CrossFit Upland is help those who are just starting out get familiar with CrossFit.

Do you offer classes just for women?

No. But over 40% of our members are women.

Do you offer student, law enforcement, or military discounts?

We do not offer discounts for these professions.

Is there an initiation fee required for memberships?


Can I try it out first before I buy?

Yes, Please click this link and fill out your information. We will respond back to give you more details on a free trial class.

What makes Crossfit Upland unique compared to other gyms?

We just are. All CrossFit gyms are unique. CrossFit Upland’s style is what sets us apart. Our core mission makes us unique.

Will I get big/muscular doing crossfit?

If you train the WODs hard, eat right and get lots of sleep, you will definitely gain lean mass and lose fat. And yes, you can build muscle mass with the CrossFit protocol.

The CrossFit protocol is designed to elicit a substantial neuroendocrine wallop and hence packs an anabolic punch that puts on impressive amounts of muscle, though that is not our concern. Strength is.

Those athletes who train for function end up with better form than those who value form over function [my bold]. This is one of the beautiful ironies of training.

What is CrossFit diet prescription?

The short answer: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.

To optimize fitness, you will need to measure and record intake, evaluate performance and potentially change intake until the desired results are achieved. This approach to diet is no different than the approach to workouts.

To start, we recommend everyone give the baseline Zone Diet prescription a try for four weeks. Doing so will help you establish measurable, observable, repeatable data on your input (food) and output (performance). Once you have completed a minimum baseline term of four weeks, you may find you have to make small tweaks to the block prescription until you achieve your best performance.

This type of measured, systematic self-observation will be the best guide as to whether you should eat any type of food or implement any diet “strategy.”

For instance, experimentation will give you valuable information on grains, legumes, dairy and salt, and it can even help you plan the frequency and timing of your meals. You may need to your adjust your food intake for your lifestyle, goals, discipline, commitment level, etc. You may choose to experiment with supplementation, post-workout nutrition, fasting, and so on. You may choose to include a cheat meal, eat more fat, consume more food, etc.

Overall, diet is specific to each individual, and he or she can optimize diet by carefully tracking input and output.

How do I keep up with more experienced members?

At CrossFit Upland, everyone in class will have varying fitness levels. Even though everyone does the WOD (workout of the day) together, the coach will scale (make simpler) the workout to match your fitness level.

What kind of atmosphere is at CrossFit Upland?

We like to keep things structured but not regimented. Fun but purposeful. You’re here to workout, not join the military. Having said that, you will be pushed beyond what you think you’re capable of doing.

Is it friendly, encouraging and helpful or is it competitive, every man for himself?

It’s all of those except the last one. We make the individuals better, as a group. This is why CrossFit works so well.

Can I go to any class or are certain classes specific for advanced levels?

Our group classes are designed for all fitness levels. We do offer a more advanced class for competitors. This class is reserved for those who have 6 months or more of CrossFit under their belt.

What makes crossfit different (or better) than bootcamp or a personal trainer?

CrossFit is different in that CrossFit is attempting to make people fit in all areas. For example, we want you to be able to lift your bodyweight off the floor and over your head (strength/power), go out and run a quarter mile (strength/cardio endurance) and then perform 10 pull-ups (strength/muscular endurance). Then… do it 4 more times. Oh, and do it as fast as you can. You will not see this type of training/workout at a bootcamp. If your personal trainer is not constructing your workouts like this, they should be.

How quickly will I see results?

This is determined by your nutrition, metabolism, training frequency and prior experience. Some people coming 3 to 4 days a week can see positive results in 3 weeks. Most will see results in 6 weeks. All will see results in 2 years.

How often should I go?

Go as often as your body will allow. The more often you go the faster and better results you will be. Just make sure your body is able to recover enough between workouts. If some days you are not feeling like working out, you probably need a day or two of rest. Get some good sleep and come back ready to train.

Is it really competitive?

CrossFit, at it’s core, is a competition. With yourself and with your peers. This is what makes CrossFit so effective. CrossFit truly makes a tough, grueling workout seem easier.

How can I avoid injury?

By focusing relentlessly on form, technique and progressions. Did I mention technique, technique and technique. 

What is CrossFit Upland's philosophy when it comes to supporting its members?

Each member has different needs at different stages. A beginner may feel out of place and intimidated. An expert may feel uninspired or burnt out. By focusing our attention on each individual member, we can offer support where support is needed. This is why the quality of our coaching is top notch.   

What days and times do you offer classes?

You can see our schedule here. 

How many days a week should I go to see good/fast results?

I like how you wrote “good/fast”. Because you really want both.

Workout as much as your body will allow you to. Meaning, if you can workout 7 days a week and you feel fresh and recharged everyday, you will get in great shape fast. But of course, this requires a life adjustment. You will need to put nutrition, rest and recovery on top of your to-do list because that is what your body will need to recover from training. I would start out at 6 days a week, and adjust from there. Adjust up or down depending on your recovery.