Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequent question we get is: Can I get a shake?  Yes, you can!  We offer at least 10 different protein shakes!

Commonly Asked Questions

How hot is Hot Yoga?  Will I sweat?

Our Custom designed Hot Yoga studio heating up to 40 degrees Celsius and 50% humidity.

Don’t worry about sweating.  Our amenities include showers, juice bar, mat & towel rentals.

 I’ve never taken a yoga class before. How do I start?

There is something for everyone and all levels. Each instructor brings their authentic experience and knowledge combining traditional yoga with an innovative twist.  We offer a variety of classes for all levels from athletes, beginners to yogis.  All are welcome to join our community.

To find the class that’s best for you, head over to our schedule, find the time and class that works for you here. While most classes are suitable for all levels, Union and Yang to Yin classes perfect for athletes and beginners.  We encourage you to chat with the Front Desk team or ask your teacher to let them know that you are new to yoga and to ask any questions that you may have. They will make sure you feel comfortable, welcome and informed.

Arrive at least 15 minutes before class to get settled in and 30 minutes if you have yet to sign the VO2Max waiver. We also recommend trying a class that is not during the prime time hours (early mornings, lunch hours or after work), to ensure you get the additional attention you might require.

 What should I wear? Do I need a mat? 

Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move and stretch in. Typically tighter sweat wicking clothes are more comfortable  When attending a hot class, you may want to bring a towel for your mat. We have yoga mats and towels for rent starting at $2.00. We also sell Jade yoga mats and towels that are perfect for Hot Yoga!
Do I need to check in before class, make a reservation for class, or can I just show up?

To ensure your spot in class, you must per-register on-line ahead of time at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com.  This can easily be done on your smart phone or iPad. On Mindbody you can also purchase a ‘drop-in’, punch pass or monthly membership. If this is not accessible to you or have any challenges, feel free to give us a call 780-518-0469 or drop by the front desk.

When you become a member, you’ll receive a key tag that will be your swipe in for every class. When you arrive, scan-in with your scan tag.  You are good to go.

 What if I just can’t do a pose?

No problem! Our teachers offer different variations of the poses so that everyone can benefit and each time you come to class you will learn a little bit more. Always listen to your body. Remember there is no such thing as not being “good” at yoga.

 What if I’m not flexible?

Then that’s a great reason to come! Don’t worry about the bendy people around you. They’ve probably been practicing for a while. Flexibility will come with time and you don’t have to be there to start. Our teachers give modifications for everyone’s abilities.

 What membership should I get?

Are you new to Yoga? If you plan on coming to yoga 1-2 times a week, check out our membership options, including our 12 Punch Pass and Combo (includes CrossFit/Bootcamp/Yoga) options. We offer have a variety of membership options which you can view here.

 I’m a teen.  How old do I have to be to participate in an adult Yoga class?

If you’re new and are under 18, please bring a parent or guardian with you on your first visit so they can sign your waiver. 16 and 17 year olds can practice without a parent present after the waiver has been signed.

What are the benefits of Hot Yoga?

Hot yoga has all kinds of benefits.

Detoxification: heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin

Work deeper in the poses: the heat allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures.  You’re warming up the muscles and you can approach the postures from a safe place.  Working in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder.

Develop strength, flexibility and tone along with a cardiovascular workout

Relax, improve your breathing (which helps conditions like asthma) and focus the mind to develop better mental concentration.

What is CrossFit?

It’s a workout methodology based on constantly-varied high intensity movements that help everyday life.  Why it works is because your body never adapts to any one movement thereby keeping the effect of any given day’s workout at maximum – and you never gets bored.  The intensity that everyone takes part in ends up galvanizing our supportive community.

I heard CrossFit is a cult.

No, if you have to call it something, call it a tribe.  Cults tend to follow blindly to a leader, tribes work together to the group’s benefit.  We do tend to be passionate about what we’ve found though because it works so well and so potently for seemingly all body types and walks of life.  What makes us different from the normal corporate chain, or “globo”, gym experience is that we develop a community spirit based on encouraging each other to succeed. We support and push each other in our efforts to achieve our goals.  There is never any shame in finishing dead last in a work out as you’ve already  beaten everyone that decided to stay on the couch that day. We are all in this together and that’s what makes CrossFit so addictive to so many people.  Besides, you will be amazed at your new level of fitness and your awesome new body.  You may find yourself spouting the virtues of what you found not long after you start as well!

Why are you better than my gym?

The business model for most franchised gyms is they want you to sign up and never come in.  You may get a tour of the gym, or a quick overview of the equipment with a trainer, but, you’re on your own after the first one-hour session.  They aren’t there to ensure technique is good when the weight gets heavy or you get tired.

Further, you are as accountable to us as we are to you!  We believe in earning your loyalty, that’s why we don’t charge initiation fees.  WE WILL EARN YOUR BUSINESS EVERY DAY.  If you haven’t come in in a week, we notice.  So will the members you’ve grown accustomed to working out with.  Expect a call or an email, or even a friendly call out on Facebook, if you haven’t been coming in!  Of course, there will ALWAYS be a coach watching form in our classes.  This leads to less injuries and the confidence to best your previous efforts.  Plus, you can drop the bars and weights on the floor.  Our floors and weights are made for it!

I heard from my gym that CrossFit can hurt you, is this true?

Yes and no.  First, consider the source, they don’t want you to leave and they’ll plant fear to further their gains.  OK, so onto answering the actual issue, not dodging it.  ANYTHING you do in life can injure you if you don’t do it correctly, or haven’t taken into consideration your level of fitness, flexibility or health. If you’re spending too much time on the couch right now, that’s hurting you, too! Runner’s get shin splints, tennis players get tennis elbows, strength trainers get strains, basketball players get sprained ankles, couch potatoes get obesity, high blood pressure and coronaries.  We will instill Technique BEFORE Intensity.  We will keep you safe by having a watchful eye on you during your entire WoD.   By increasing your strength and flexibility, we will actually make it harder for you to get hurt!  CrossFit done properly, is both safe and potent.

What makes it so different from all the other stuff out there (park bootcamps, P90X, gyms) that tells me it will get me in shape?

Admittedly, most of our functional movements and exercises aren’t ground-breaking or new.  However, the way we mix them up and combine that with knowledgeable eyes-on coaching, mobility and nutrition advice is NEW.   If you’re working out at home, you risk bad technique and probably not pushing your strength potential.  At an ordinary bootcamp, they vary exercises, but gaining  real strength may be an issue as well as certified coaching.  Gyms, may give you all the great equipment, but can you drop it if it gets too heavy? Or have the ability to gauge your intensity?  Is the coaching affordable?  Is there enough equipment available and is laid out so that you can maintain intensity safely?  Is anyone talking to you about nutrition?  Simply stated:  our dose of exercise programming is the most potent out there.  Why do you have to wait to get in shape?

What should I expect in my first class?

Fun for one.  Learning something new for another.  In order for you to get to come to the other CrossFit classes on the schedule, you will need to complete the On-Ramp program.

These beginner classes are mandatory at VO2Max, unless you have 3-6 months CrossFit experience. If you have done CrossFit in the past, feel free to use this program as a great refresher for improving your existing technique and skill set. No matter how experienced you are, these are valuable sessions and worth your time.

Classes will highlight the different fundamental movements used in CrossFit. Each session will include warm-up, technical skill session and a mini-WOD. Each individual is unique so in order to “graduate” to regular adult CrossFit classes, you will need to be “passed” by the CrossFit coach. This will depend on your improving fitness level and skill development during the course of your classes attended.
I heard that CrossFit is too challenging for someone like me.  Is that true?

One of my favorite quotes is this:  “If you think you can’t do something, you can’t.”  The person who told you CrossFit was too challenging for you might not be up for the challenge, but I’m guessing you’re reading this because other options have failed you in the past.  The answer to your question is a resounding “No.”  One of the beauties of CrossFit is that it is infinitely scalable, which means that we can tailor any movement to your current level of fitness.

What does WOD refer to?  I hear everyone using it.

WOD, or Workout of the Day, is the list of exercises for a given day.  Since CrossFit is constantly varied, everyone is always anticipating what tomorrow’s will be.

What does Scalable mean?

It means we can adapt the work out to suit your, or anyone’s, level of fitness and ability. Scaled according to your ability!

Is it true that CrossFit is only for elite athletes, firefighters, military and police?

Absolutely not.  Anyone can gain from the benefits of CrossFit. It is true that CrossFit was initially designed as a fitness program for firefighters, military and police who needed to have a level of fitness to be ready for anything (what we call the unknowable and unknown).  This level of fitness allows them to not only be able to save their own lives, but other lives as well. Everyone can benefit from being stronger, faster and more functional.

Do I have to train every day in CrossFit?

No, we encourage you to train intensely but also rest periodically to recover from the exertions as well.  It’s vital to keeping you healthy and allowing you to push next time to new personal bests. Over-training is something we discourage because it does not help you achieve your fitness or health goals and increases the risk of injury.  We recommend either a 3 days on, 1 day off approach, but we find that a 5 days on, 2 days off works better with most people’s schedules.

Is CrossFit a sport?

Originally, it was meant to supplement your life and make you better at your other activities.  However, is has, itself, turned into the Sport of Fitness.   CrossFit has its own CrossFit Games  with everyone having a fair and equal chance of making it to the elite finals.  Over 70,000 athletes participated this year!