FAQs 2017-04-04T17:38:08+00:00

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Yes! CrossFit movements and programming cater to all athletic levels. Whether you’ve never done a workout or are an elite athlete, the workout of the day can be scaled to your physical and psychological tolerances. If you have no experience with exercise, it’s almost better starting fresh with CrossFit. Daybreak’s coaches will teach you good form and technique that will give you a broad athletic base and provide less risk for injury than you would typically see if you attempted these movements on your own.

And if you’re a little nervous about your first visit, you’re not alone. We have a free trial and smaller intro classes to get you going in a more intimate environment. Or if you want to experience our typical classes and the energy it brings, we can accommodate that, too. Head over to our GETTING STARTED page to learn more and to register for your free trial.

Yes! CrossFit will develop the 10 general components of fitness; cardiovascular/muscular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, speed, power, coordination, accuracy, agility and balance, providing a broader athletic base for you as an athlete. The mental adaptations from CrossFit carry over to the competition field by being able to push when fatigued and break mental barriers.

Plus, fueling your body (nutrition) for optimal performance is the foundation of CrossFit’s fitness and performance philosophies. There are also specialized CrossFit programs for runners, triathletes, gymnasts, rowers, wrestlers, etc., that Daybreak offers to its members via specialty clinics (included with membership). But don’t worry, these elements will also be incorporated in our everyday class WODs.

This is important. Please read carefully. CrossFit is designed to be infinitely scalable. A good coach will teach you the mechanics of the movements, make sure you can execute them consistently with good form and technique, then and ONLY then should the coach suggest you use a heavier weight or go faster or go longer. Mechanics, consistency THEN intensity, is Daybreak’s philosophy. Your safety is our number one priority.

Injuries occur when coaches don’t enforce mechanics and consistency and allow athletes to advance too quickly. Do your research! What are your coach’s credentials IN CROSSFIT? How long have they been coaching with their Level 1 Certificate? Have they advanced their Level 1 Certificate? Have they taken the CrossFit Level 2 Trainer course or the Level 3 Exam? Daybreak is co-owned and coached by Mel Ockerby… one of the few Level 3 coaches in New England. Ask your current or prospective CrossFit box these questions.

Additionally, the movements in CrossFit are used in everyday life. We deadlift (pick objects off the ground), squat (sit down and stand up), press (put things above our head), etc. When we lose the capacity to perform these movements we lose the capacity to live independently. We’ll make the decision easy for you… if you’re in a rush to get to the nursing home, then don’t do CrossFit.

Typically, we recommend a 3 days on, 1 day off, 2 days on, 1 day off cycle over the course of a week, but we know many of our members’ hectic schedules won’t permit a consistent routine. We will work with you to devise a personalized schedule that complements your busy life and delivers the results you want while allowing for sufficient rest and recovery.
We find most members start feeling and seeing a difference within 30-60 days of consistent attendance and proper nutrition. While you’ll likely experience a small amount of soreness over the first few weeks, we make sure to ramp you into the full routine gradually and at a pace that you can sustain.

After a 3-4 weeks, the soreness will subside and your body will begin to change. You’ll have more energy, you’re likely to lean out and you’ll simply feel better. After 6-8 weeks, we have seen weight reductions of up to 10-15 pounds, but it’s not always about weight. Lean muscle mass replaces soft fatty tissue and our members have dropped 2-4 dress or pant sizes without shedding a pound.

CrossFit makes you feel good by being strong and capable… and THAT is how we like to measure success. But we’re not gonna lie… we like to look good in a bathing suit, too.

WOD stands for workout of the day. It is a versatile word that CrossFitters use as a noun and a verb.  For example, “Today’s WOD is Fran?!? I need to sit down”.  Or, “We are going to WOD at the 5:30 pm class.  I hear the WOD is Fran.”
We use the term “box” to refer to a CrossFit gym.  The gyms are often large, box-shaped facilities so the term just stuck from the beginning. However, Daybreak is not your typical box. We’ve paid attention to detail by providing upscale locker rooms, showers and bathrooms. We provide complimentary protective tape, wraps and even have a touchless, filtered, water bottle filling station. We know it’s the little things that go a long way for our members. And above all, we pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our box with a minimum of 3 professional cleanings per week.
When CrossFit founder, Greg Glassman, was asked why he named several workouts after women, he replied “I want to explain the workout once and then give it a name. I thought that anything that left you flat on your back, looking up at the sky asking ‘what just happened to me?’ deserved a female’s name.” Often referred to as the girls, these aptly named WODs have become repeatable, measurable benchmarks that are performed at CrossFit boxes around the globe. CrossFit also honors fallen military personnel by naming extraordinarily tough WODs after these heros who have died in the line of duty. Both the girls and hero WODs tend to be benchmark workouts which will often be repeated once or twice per year so that we can objectively measure improvements by comparing scores over time.

This is the biggest fear for women entering CrossFit. In order to gain excessive muscle mass you have lift heavy weights, and you have to lift them often. Don’t be fooled by the CrossFit athletes you may have seen on ESPN or the web. These are elite athletes who require heavy weight training to compete at the Games level. At Daybreak, we will lift heavy once per week on average… and remember, we modify our workouts to YOUR goals.

At the end of the day, our program is designed to help you burn fat and increase lean muscle mass. This often gives ladies the lean physique for which they’re looking. Your clothes will fit better, you’ll look capable and, best of all, you’ll feel strong!

Oh, and to the dudes, you’ll get out of it what you put in. You want to lean out… we can build a program for you. You want to put on muscle mass… that’s possible, too. That’s the beauty of when highly-qualified coaches get their hands on a vastly scalable CrossFit program.

Classes are 1-hour long. Typically the first 15-20 minutes are dedicated to a warm up, skill review and development and scaling options which are personalized to each and every athlete according to their ability, CrossFit tenure, and any pre-existing injuries or conditions that may limit movement during a given exercise. The next 30-35 minutes are dedicated to the WOD or workout of the day. The remaining time consists of a cool down, another skill session or a discussion on post-workout nutrition, fitness, endurance training, etc.
If your child is 12 or over, they can likely participate!  We have Daybreak Teens for our young adults who want to acquire sound fitness habits or a broader athletic base as a complement to sport-specific training. If your child is 18 or over, they can participate in the adult classes. Visit our DAYBREAK TEENS page for more information on our youth program.

If you have younger children who can be left unsupervised, they are welcome to relax and watch you workout at Daybreak. Children are not allowed in the workout area at any time for their safety and the safety of our members. We have a dedicated kids area with books, games toys, crafts and a TV (sorry) with movies to help keep them occupied if the good ol’ iPad and complimentary WiFi don’t suffice.

There is also a per-hour Day Care available next door to Daybreak. Stop by and we can discuss options with you.

Yes! Nutrition is the foundation of a successful fitness regime. Athletes who just exercise usually do not see the full benefit of exercise until their nutrition is dialed in. When the proper nutrition regime is executed, that’s when we see the greatest results in body composition, athletic performance, and just general well-being.
The dust on your car dashboard is actually chalk. You start timing everything. You use the words “3-2-1-Go” in normal conversations. You tell your friends to try CrossFit when you can barely walk. You no longer giggle when using the terms “snatch”, “jerk” and “burpee”. You examine every structure on your kids’ playground to see if you could do a butterfly pull-up on them. Your workout clothes have to be retired from the, um, smell. You choose your vacation destination or work hotel based on its proximity to a CrossFit affiliate. You know the exact floor plan of your local Lululemon. Your F5/refresh button is faded form clicking it too many times to see if your box posted the WOD yet.