You have questions. We have answers.

I’m not sure if CrossFit is right for me. Can I drop in to try a class?

Yes! We offer Level 1 classes at all of our scheduled class times. An explanation of this is on the “Get Started” page. If you are a seasoned CrossFitter, we offer a week free so you can try us out and make sure we are a good fit for you! If you are a newbie wanting to go straight into regular CrossFit programmed classes (Level 2), we offer our On-Ramp program on Sunday afternoons during our scheduled Open Gym time. This is included in our new member sign up special. Three months for $285. More details on the “Get Started” page.

We also offer a Saturday Community WOD at 8:30am that anyone can come to free of charge. You may also come by and meet our coaches and observe a class anytime, please check our schedule and stop in.

Why should I choose CFFC over other CrossFit gyms in Knoxville?

Every CrossFit box in Knoxville has its own culture, vibe and community. We encourage you to join us on a free Saturday morning community workout at 8:30 a.m., drop-in on a normal class, try a week for free on us, or tag along with a CFFC member during one of our “Bring A Friend” weeks to get a taste of the welcoming community at CrossFit FirstCreek. We also don’t want to toot our own horn (okay, maybe we do), but  our box offers a quality experience at an affordable price. Compared to other boxes in the Knoxville area, we offer the lowest-priced membership options. Our box also is a 10,000 square foot indoor warehouse facility and 11,000 square foot outdoor space – meaning you won’t be running into your fellow CrossFitters during workouts like you may experience at other gyms. If you’re new to Knoxville, this is a great way to make new friends, as we host social events throughout the year. If you’re a parent, you can bring your kiddos with you to the box, as we have a kids play area that’s in your view during the workout. 

I am out of shape. Will CrossFit be too difficult for me?

No! One of the many great things about CrossFit is that every workout can be scaled or modified to suit any fitness level. What that means is that a new CrossFitter and a veteran Crossfitter can do the same workout, but the workout is scaled according to each athlete’s fitness level. We teach our athletes how to scale and modify workouts in all of our introductory programs and our coaches always provide modifications in our regular group classes. You do not need to get in shape before starting at CrossFit FC Fountain City. That’s what we are here for.

I am visiting from a gym outside of Knoxville. Can I drop-in when I am in town?

We always welcome drop-in athletes at CrossFit FC Fountain City. Check out our class schedule and see what works best for you. Please visit our  Dropping-In page to learn more.

I really want to strengthen my core. Can CrossFit help with that?

Yes! While you will not see crunches at CrossFit FC Fountain City, we know that a weak trunk and poorly stabilized spine is the single most significant limiting factor in all human movement and sports. To this end, our programming specifically addresses trunk or “core” strength.

Will lifting weights make me “bulky?”

If you are really worried about this, read  this article . But the short answer is no, lifting weights will not bulk you up. In fact, it will help you burn more calories and look better naked.

What about cardio?

Surely because we never do any long sessions of running, CrossFitters can’t have any endurance or stamina. Wrong. The widely touted measure of aerobic stamina and endurance is VO2 max, the amount of oxygen that your body can consume during sustained aerobic exercise — medium intensity stuff like distance running or biking. There is a common misconception that long bouts of aerobic exercise are the only way to build stamina and endurance, but this simply isn’t true. In the same way muscles must be taken beyond their limits and torn to stimulate growth, your ability to process oxygen must be pushed out of equilibrium in order to increase your capacity to process it. Running at some level below your aerobic threshold (i.e. less than 100% VO2 max) will do little if anything to increase this ability. To push it out of equilibrium and induce growth, you have to workout at 200% or more of your aerobic ability. In metabolic terms, you need to work the high-intensity phosphagenic and glycolytic pathways in order to improve the medium-low intensity aerobic pathway.

Do you have showers?

Yes! We have 2 showers/changing rooms, and 2 bathrooms. 

What is your cancellation policy?

We certainly do not want to force someone to keep a membership at CFFC against their wishes – for any reason. Memberships can be cancelled at any time.

I’ve never lifted weights before. Will I be expected to know how prior to starting CrossFit?

One of the great things about CrossFit is that we have experienced coaches at every workout to help with athletes’ weightlifting form. Even the most seasoned athletes need help with their weightlifting form from time-to-time, and everyone was a beginner once. So don’t let that intimidate you! Before you join CrossFit classes, you have the opportunity to learn the barbell movements during our On-Ramp course to familiarize yourself before jumping into classes. If weightlifting just isn’t your thing, that’s okay! You can join as a Level 1 member, and have workouts that are more bodyweight and cardio-based. 

What is your kid policy?

You can purchase a membership for kids 12-13 and older. Any kids younger than that are welcome to come, but must stay off the floor and off all equipment. This is for their own safety and the safety of our members. We have a great kids room with toys and built in swings and monkey bars. They are also welcome to stay in the athlete open lounge/locker area on the pews if they have a device they want to play on. 

I’ve heard that CrossFit can be dangerous, is that true?

CrossFit has a bad reputation with some circles in that the sport has a higher-than-normal injury rate. We can assure you that those claims are unfounded, and you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out this article highlighting some studies on the subject. Additionally, we pride ourselves in having highly-trained coaches that care about your safety and well-being, and make proper form a priority. Our coaches don’t stand by idle – it is not uncommon for our coaches to intervene and advocate better form during a workout, or even provide alternative movements to ensure the athlete stays safe. Whether you are a seasoned CrossFitter or a newbie CrossFitter, injuries can happen to anyone, and our coaches make sure to step in when needed.