FAQ Page

I want to skip classes and just come and use your equipment. Can I do that?

Sorry. We’re selling coaching, not equipment rental.

Is it ok if I bring my child into the gym while I’m working out?

You can bring your kids to class, provided they stay in the walled in foyer area. They are not permitted to make a huge mess of toys or equipment stored there. We ask for everyone’s safety that kids stay off any of the equipment. If they’re little and need your constant attention, consider a babysitter. We absolutely do not tolerate kids in the main workout area during class.

Do you offer a kids class?

Yes! We have what we call, “The Funnest Class” every saturday after our adult WOD for about 30-45min. They will learn practical skills, and get to use select equipment under the guidance of our staff. Parents are most welcome to participate with their little ones. This is a donation based class, and any donation goes to supporting resources for this class.

I need to cancel my personal training appointment. How does that work?

Cancellations are ok, blow-offs are not. Please provide 24-hour notice if you plan on canceling, otherwise we will charge you for the scheduled session.

Can I hold my membership?

Yes. We allow members to hold membership with a 2 week minimum, and maximum of 4 weeks.

What if I don’t like it? Can I cancel?

If you sign up for a month-to-month membership, you can cancel anytime for any reason (we ask for 7 days notice to stop your credit card draw). If you sign up for a commitment membership, you can still cancel but any money paid upfront will be forfeited.

What do most people start with?

Most people start with Basics Program for the first month followed by a 3x/week membership. Those who want to CrossFit in combination with other activities outside the gym are well served with 3x/week membership. However, if you’re ready to take control of your fitness, and move forward as quickly as possible, then the Unlimited Membership is for you!

Whoa! You guys are expensive…

We have no interest in competing with 24 Hour Fitness or other ‘globo gyms’. Frankly, we don’t consider ourselves to compete with anyone. We simply offer a very special opportunity, resources, and relationship with our coaches, and an outstanding motivated athletic community. Other gyms are fine if you a) don’t want any coaching, b) don’t need any specialized equipment and c) don’t care about a fun, supportive and gently competitive environment. That’s what we offer. This is our life… We get results with our clients and we’re serious about it.

How do your memberships work?

Members choose a membership term (per session, per month) and they either pay all at once or on a monthly recurring basis. If you sign up for a monthly membership, your billing date will stay the same each month. Additional membership policies are right here.

How do I get started?

Check out our Membership Info page for the process. Basically, we want all of our prospective members to go through some kind of introduction, and possibly our Basics Program for the first month. After that, group classes of CrossFit, Barbell, and yoga will be available based on frequency of attendance. We do this for a few reasons: 1) New members need to understand the movements so they can do them correctly and remain safe and 2) Classes run more effectively when everyone has a baseline of knowledge regarding the movements.

“I’m really out of shape. There’s no way I’ll survive in group class.”

Our Basics Program is the perfect place to start. The classes in our Basics Program will gradually orient you to common movements, and working with free weights. You will also get a taste of relative intensity as you perform conditioning work in a relaxed environment. There won’t be any yelling at you, or demoralizingly hard workouts. This is time to ramp up your fitness at your own pace, and with our guidance. Once you ‘graduate’ to the regular classes, don’t forget that we’re still going to have an eye on you and still scale your workouts for awhile (likely working towards Intermediate scaling and finally RX). Once you show that you can master the scaled version, we’ll bump you up to the full dosage. For many of our members, this process of ‘going RX’d’ can take months if not years (these workouts are TOUGH). Advice: Don’t be in a rush to do it all. Think of your fitness as a long climb to a distant horizon. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

I need a little extra help with XYZ. What can you do for me?

We provide coaching in all of our classes. If the class instruction and demonstration isn’t working for you, ask the instructor on duty for help. If he/she can’t resolve it during class, then you might need to stay after for a fix. If it’s something that requires a lot of work, we may suggest signing up for personal training to really drill the weakness and get it solved for good.

I have an injury. Can I still participate?

Again, we scale workouts in every class. So, if you have an injury, just tell the instructor. We can lower the weight, lower the reps or suggest a completely different exercise so that you can still participate. We do this in EVERY CLASS.

How many athletes do you have in each class?

Right now, we cap all of our classes to 12 per instructor. In order to give a good class experience, we need to have the right trainer-to-athlete ratio and 12 seems to be the maximum that we can handle. Plus, the instructors need to be able to scale workouts effectively and we can’t do that if 30 people show up at once. Sometimes you’ll see more in a particular class and that’s because the workout is super-easy to administer (i.e. bodyweight or running).

Do you provide any guidance on scaling or are the athletes ‘on their own’?

Yes. We deliberately keep our class sizes relatively small so that our trainers are able to effectively scale the daily workout for individual application. We do this in every class and this is part of how we excel in our service to you.

Do you mix experience levels amongst your classes?

Yes. We feel that it’s best to integrate new members right into the main classes, so that they can learn from the experienced members. That said, we do scale workouts during each and every class, depending upon fitness level, experience level or for injuries.

What does a typical class look like?

We begin with a warmup (‘cardio’, joint mobility, perhaps tissue manipulation via foam rollers) and go through a series of bodyweight exercises to get your body ready. Depending on the workout, we may do a skill session to practice the moves being used. Then it’s on to the workout. We often separate the workout into strength and conditioning (metcon) pieces. We end the class with a cool down and stretch. Most classes run about one hour in length but sometimes we go over by five or ten minutes, depending on the work being done and the number of athletes we’re training.

What’s with the “Life Approach”, and the “Competitor Approach”?
Our programming is not about imitating pop science, or competing with the gym down the road. We program for our members, and common needs. By doing this, we can scale up or down based on the level of fitness you currently have. Depending on your needs and goals with fitness, we offer two approaches to outstanding fitness.
Our “Life” approach combines fundamental strength movements with calisthenics found in gymnastics. It’s all about preparing you for a full life of daily responsibilities, recreational activities, and being as strong as possible for as long as possible. This approach reflects the sense of adventure, and durability needed for a healthy, long life. 95% of our membership thrive in this program, and achieve goals such as finishing marathons, obstacle course racing, CrossFit style competitions, and rec league sports.
Our “Competitor” approach begins at an intermediate level of athletic prowess. Our single goal is to help you become the best CrossFit competitor you can be. There are a few pre-requisites to confirm a readiness to train at this level. We evaluate your mobility, strength, endurance, and skill to find the weakest “links”, and coach you toward  balanced capacities. Additional requirements include having a consistent volume of 5 quality workouts or more per week on average; knowledge of self administered recovery drills; very good skill with basic movement patterns found in competitive CrossFit events. You don’t have to be super strong, or the fastest, but we do want you to be as injury proof as possible before pushing the envelope of your potential. This program is also based on a periodized yearlong calendar.
I play a sport. Can I do CrossFit?

Sure. You should view CrossFit as your General Physical Preparedness (GPP) program. When you’re off season, you’ll do more GPP and less Sport Appropriate Conditioning (SAC). As your season approaches, you’ll dial down the GPP and increase the SAC. We have plenty of former and current athletes amongst our ranks and CrossFit seems to fit really well in this framework.

What type of results should I expect?

You should expect to gain capacity in all of the 10 General Physical Skills. Those are: Strength, Cardio/Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Accuracy, Agility and Balance. Depending on how you eat, you might also see some body composition changes (losing or gaining weight). If you need a quick analog for the typical CrossFit athlete, think about an 800m runner. Lean, muscular and capable of doing a lot of work.


CrossFit seems really intense. Is this really for me?

CrossFit methodology is inherently scalable. Our needs for moving in all directions, bearing load, and even being fast are common from Olympic athlete to my grandparents. The degree of development is different. We start your training exactly where you are. No need to “get in shape” before you come. Our assessment process, and daily personal coaching will give you confidence from week to week, as you build on your proven results.

Everything that we do can be broken down, either by modifying a movement, lowering time or reps, or dropping the weight. If you watched the video in the previous question, see those people for what they are – advanced CrossFitters doing really incredible things. If you start with us, you’re going to learn the form first and you’ll spend a lot of time with a PVC pipe and not a barbell. Mechanics, then consistency, THEN intensity – that’s the CrossFit way.

What makes CrossFit Collective different from other independent gyms?

At CrossFit Collective, from the moment you get a hold of us, we focus on your needs and goals. We are committed to the long haul of fitness development. Many offer “fast results”. This is easy to offer, as the body initially adapts quickly. However, we are concerned with your needs for a lifetime of fitness and achievements outside of the gym. CrossFit gyms are popping up all over the place, and you can always find a cheap deal. What you’ll find at CrossFit Collective is a vibrant athletic community lead by professional trainers committed to your fitness development. We were the first to bring CrossFit to Lancaster County, and will continue to innovate, and lead by example of superior service. Simply, we truly care.

“Why CrossFit?”

Why is CrossFit Different?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning system that combines elements from weightlifting, gymnastics and endurance sport. We aim to build a complete fitness that will enable our athletes to become stronger, faster, and to have more stamina. Our philosophy encourages the development of general physical skills that improve your life.