Why 661

Why 661?

Is CrossFit expensive?

DSC_0641In a world of 99 cent apps and Walmart discounts, CrossFit can seem outright swanky. Relative to the monthly membership at your local big box gym, you could be looking at a difference of four fold or more. So yes, CrossFit costs more than a membership at your local gym – but you get so much more. At CrossFit 661, not only will you get instruction from a highly-qualified Olympic lifting and strength coach, but you also get to train alongside former college athletes, sports aficionados, and a wide array of friends and cohorts that are willing to push you during the workouts far harder than you’d push yourself. All for less than $5 per hour. Pretty amazing for a feature packed CrossFit Bakersfield gym!
Remember: your health functions like any other investment, the earlier you start contributing, the more value and benefit you’ll be able to enjoy later. Siphoning your money into weekend binges or daily dinners is a personal decision. Just don’t convince yourself that your health is a financial priority that falls well below your cable bill and coffee allowance.

Will I get hurt doing CrossFit?

Can you get injured doing CrossFit? Yes, you can. You can also get injured jogging, rock climbing, surfing, skiing, walking, or any other activity in the present progressive sense. On that same note however, each gym operates completely independently with very flexible standards of quality and training. There are some CrossFit facilities out there that really have it together…they “get it” and do a good job of training people for fitness and performance. Like any purchase, there needs to be a certain level of research done on the background and qualifications of the gym you’re interested in joining. Not all CrossFit affiliates are created equal, so make sure to spend at least as long deciding on which gym is right for you as you do deciding on the right shampoo for your hair type.
Most CrossFit coaches have no formal education in kinesiology, physical therapy, or even physical education. Most are good people that are attracted to the model of CrossFit because of its bare-bones, simplistic approach, but have no formal education in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, theory and analysis of fitness and conditioning, etc.
They are often of the school of “grab a bar and work your ass off until you puke.” Which sometimes is appropriate, but often is not. And because of this attitude and lack of formal education, their clients often over-train, develop poor movement patterns, bad techniques and…lots of injuries.
That’s what sets CrossFit 661 apart. Charles has been a trainer for over 15 years. Some of his certifications include: AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), C.H.E.K. Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Level 1, Functional Movement Screen, Perform Better Functional Training Series, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility Certification, CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification, and several other various workshops. His knowledge base and experience go far beyond just a weekend CrossFit Level 1 certification. Your ability to train hard and remain injury free is our main objective at CrossFit 661.

What makes 661 special?

DSC_0624For many, CrossFit 661 is a social gathering place. It’s a venue to enjoy the company of some seriously hilarious and ridiculous folks that you may have never met through any other means. In a world of work relationships and Facebook acquaintances, it’s nice to find that kind of opportunity in a common interest.
It’s also a place to go play around. “Play” is a thing so many people have lost touch with that we forget how much fun it is when we were kids. It’s also a challenging environment. It’s a place to go push yourself mentally and physically, to limits you would never choose to go in any other comfortable setting. And while CrossFit may not be right for everyone, it may very well be right for you. You’ll never find out if you don’t try. So come try us out at CrossFit 661.