I was a regular gym goer paying membership to those corporate chains who would workout 3 to 4 times per week (if that). The many things I didn’t like about regular gyms were the sweaty equipment, or lack of equipment, overcrowding/fighting for a machine, looking for that 25 lb. dumbbell but that meathead next to me was hogging it, and the whole macho/bravado mentality especially in the weight room portion of the gym. These reasons discouraged me from maintaining a regular attendance. I decided to try CrossFit because it was something different and broke the monotony of going to the regular corporate gym.
Being new to CrossFit, Coach Daniel was very patient and thorough in explaining the basic movements and demonstrating proper technique. The RampUp classes for new members were a good introduction to all the basic lifting movements and workouts. Whenever I had a question or was uncertain about the proper mechanics, Coach Daniel clarified everything and ensured that I was working out safely. At the start of each class, Coach Daniel always asks how everyone is feeling, anyone sore, how are we eating. He takes his job seriously, and it shows in how he treats the members by caring for their well-being, whether it’s physical or mental.
The class times offered can cater to all people with different schedules: morning, afternoons, and evenings. It’s flexible because if I can’t make it to my 5 p.m. class, I can easily sign up for a morning class. Class sizes are usually small from anywhere between 5-10 members, which is great because each member gets focused attention from Coach Daniel during a workout. All the members are friendly, welcoming and supportive, especially at the end of a tough and grueling workout. Everyone leaves their ego at the door and comes in to sweat, improve, get stronger, and most importantly, have fun. I wouldn’t be in my third year of doing CrossFit if I didn’t enjoy coming to class. I’ve met a lot of great people and made great friends here at CrossFit Dare. I definitely wouldn’t be able to get this type of experience from a corporate gym.
If you’re new to CrossFit or just trying to get stronger/faster and improve your overall fitness, CrossFit Dare is the perfect place to start.
If you are thinking of joining CrossFit Dare and looking for the perspective of someone who just got into it, then this review is for you.
I had been trying everything I can to lose weight and be fit. I tried going on diets. I joined 24-Hour Fitness and for a while, I was getting results. The main issue I had was that although I joined 24-Hour Fitness, I had no idea how to do any exercises or use any of the machines so I was always stuck using the treadmill and elliptical only. I then decided I needed to do something else to be fit. I looked into personal trainers, and I looked into other CrossFit gyms before I finally found CrossFit Dare.
When I first met the coach, I was really impressed by the attention and how knowledgeable he was to every question I asked. He also had a lot of questions for me as well, I think he was trying to gauge if I was ready and willing for the challenge. CrossFit is not easy and I knew I was ready for the challenge so he asked me to come in for a class and see what I thought.
All new users need to go through a RampUp class before you begin the normal workouts of the day. These RampUp classes help you learn all the proper movements and proper techniques of the workouts so you don’t end up hurting yourself. During the RampUp classes, you will be corrected a lot for anything done wrong. You will be asked a lot of questions from the coach such as if anything hurts or where you are feeling the exercise the most. Remember, this is all crucial to make sure you are doing it right.
The gym itself has a very warm and welcoming culture to it. One of the things I hated about being a 24-Hour Fitness member was the meat-head mentality of the people at the gym making beginners like me feel intimidated. CrossFit Dare is not like that at all. From day 1, everyone welcomed me to the gym and introduced themselves. When I had chats with other members and explained how I was frustrated I could not do a proper squat, they were all very understanding and reminded me that they were all there at one point, too, but that I would get it soon. The gym also has group events that get scheduled outside of the workouts such as hikes and a recent bowling night. This is the type of culture the gym has developed, one that feels like a very tight-knit family.
I am so glad that I joined, but I must stress, it is not easy! But hey, that’s what I signed up for and that’s what I knew I was getting into. Every time I go in, I am wondering how I will ever get through the workout of the day and every time I finish it, I feel so happy and proud that I got through it, and I’m just beginning! I know that things will get harder, but you know what? I’m ready for it all thanks to Coach and CrossFit Dare!