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About Iron Cross Athletics

Not all CrossFit gyms are created equal.

 

Did you know that each CrossFit affiliate (a.k.a. “box”) is independently owned and operated? Any “box” can offer you a tough workout and a good sweat, but there is A LOT of variety in how they are run, and ultimately in their safety and effectiveness.  It’s important to do your homework before joining a CrossFit box; here are some questions to consider when making your decision:

  • What is the atmosphere like? Is it somewhere you want to spend several hours each week?
  • Do the coaches have significant CrossFit experience or are they new to the sport?
  • Do the coaches only have the bare minimum qualification (a Level 1 CrossFit Certification) or have they pursued additional certifications?
  • How do the coaches ensure safety?
    • What is the coach-to-client ratio in each class?
    • Who designs the workout of the day? (Hard workouts are easy to come by; effective training is rare.)
  • Do the coaches actively interact with the clients during class, or do they watch from afar? (Coaches should continuously be observing the clients and providing corrections and instruction.)

Why choose ICA?

 

Because we have a proven track record of quality instruction, safety, and results! Our Head Coaches, each with 7+ years of coaching experience, lead over 80% of our weekly classes. Our entire coaching staff is energetic, knowledgeable, and passionate about fitness. We get to know each and every member, including their background, goals, strengths and weaknesses.  This allows us to personalize each member’s workout to maximize their safety and results.  We limit class sizes, so every member gets the attention they deserve.  We have a strong focus on mobility, mechanics and technique.

We are not interested in making you reach unsafe levels of exhaustion and stress with high repetition movements and thoughtless programming.  We would rather athletes gauge the quality of our program not by how difficult a single workout is, but by how effective the totality of our training is. Hard workouts are easy to come by; effective training is rare.

ICA is more than a workout; it’s a community. From the moment you step through our doors we promise to motivate you, challenge you, teach you, support you, and make sure you get results! (Read some of our athletes’ testimonials HERE.)

 

What does a daily workout look like at ICA?

 

There is no such thing as a “typical” CrossFit workout!

The daily workout is called the WOD – short for “Workout of the Day.” Every one who attends ICA on a given day will perform the same WOD, carefully designed by the ICA coaches. (To see a list of recent WODs, visit our Blog.) Our WODs may include elements of weight lifting, gymnastics, and/or cardio exercises. We mix these elements in new and creative ways each day to ensure your body is always learning and adapting to new challenges.

 

Even though the workouts are constantly varied, the class structure is always the same. We start with a dynamic group warm-up, then provide personalized instruction on the movements in the WOD.  The heart of the workout may last anywhere from 5-45 minutes, but is typically 10-20 minutes long. When you work out at high intensity, this is MORE than enough to get you results! Class ends with a group cool down, and you will be on your way in under an hour.

Why “Iron Cross Athletics?”

 

The Iron Cross was a military decoration established in 1813 by the King of Prussia. The Iron Cross was unique because its awarding process was blind to Prussia’s then very class-conscious society. This lack of regard for social rank set the Iron Cross apart from other awards being issued at the time. The Iron Cross later became the primary medal awarded to German armed forces for bravery, courage, and valor. As such, the Iron Cross represents the same principal values as other cross medals such as the United States Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Cross, or Army Distinguished Service Cross. In today’s culture, the Iron Cross has been adopted as a symbol of bravery, individualism, courage, and non-conformity.

Our Facility

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In December 2016, ICA moved to our new and improved location at 1041 W. Bridge St, Phoenixville, PA. (See our Contact Us page for more details.) Our facility includes a 2,500 square foot work out floor, 2 bathrooms, a shower, an athlete lounge, personal training space, and off street parking. It’s a back to basics facility where REAL fitness happens!

 

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