What Is CrossFit?

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. CrossFit delivers a fitness plan that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. CrossFit is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience (anyone can do it!). A regimen of constantly varied (CV), functional movements (FM), performed at high intensity (@HI) in a communal environment leads to health and fitness.

Introducing QCFIT West Elements!

Northlake Elements classes are designed to give you a total body workout and improve your overall fitness level in the shortest time possible. The focus we give to safely and correctly teaching functional body movements allows this program to be suitable for all fitness levels. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked out for some time or are training for your next athletic event, you’ll experience a motivating and fun workout every time!

Learn More About Elements

Take The First Step!


Try A Free Class!

It’s really easy to get started. No matter your fitness level or background.


Sign Up For The Foundations Course

We incorporate various tools to help our members reach their fitness goals, from nutrition counseling to expert coaching on complex movements.


Join Group Classes

Once you have completed our Foundations Course, you are now ready to jump in the group WOD’s!

Frequently Asked Question's

  • Is CrossFit for me?

    CrossFit can be for everyone – businessmen, moms, seniors, elite athletes – you name it! It does not matter what your current fitness level is; increased cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance are each important to the world’s best athletes and to you.

  • Do I workout on my own or do I have a trainer?

    You will have a trainer. At CrossFit Northlake West each class is led by one or more trained and certified coaches. Training is done in small groups, which is where the fun, competitiveness, and camaraderie come from. A typical class will consist of a warm-up, a skill session, explanation of the WOD (Workout of the Day), examples and instruction of the movements, and the actual workout.

  • Do I need to be in shape first?

    We scale every workout to match your current abilities and will increase load as your fitness progresses. If you are not a strong runner for example, we’ll have you row instead. Modified movements are a fundamental part of CrossFit and many people modify movements for different reasons – not just fitness level. If you can walk and move, you are ready to come to CrossFit.

  • What does it cost?

    Come in for your FREE introductory session and we can discuss a plan that is right for you. We can also see if you are eligible for any discounts. Discounts are available for military, police, fire, and teachers.

  • I would love to drop-in. Can I and how much does it cost?

    We love drop-in guests. The cost to drop-in is $20 per class. We look forward to seeing you.

  • What does WOD mean?

    WOD stands for Workout Of the Day. Like the name says each day has its own workout.

  • Is CrossFit a cardio or a weightlifting program?

    It’s both! We perform functional movements at high intensity, giving you a comprehensive full-body workout in under an hour. Classes are instructor-led and peer-driven, providing an excellent mixture of individual coaching and group motivation. Workouts are constantly varied and unique, ensuring that you always make progress. We combine elements of bootcamp workouts, gymnastics (especially rings and floor work), Olympic weightlifting, rowing, and running. Some workouts are done for time, others for maximum number of reps. The possibilities for fitness are endless: Monday, you could be doing push-ups, squats, and pull-ups. Tuesday, you could be doing box jumps, presses, and jump-rope. We have a huge number of exercises to choose from, so working out never becomes boring!

  • How long is the average CrossFit workout?

    Sessions are scheduled for 1 hour. This typically will include a warm-up, a skill session, explanation of the workout, examples and instruction of the movements, and the actual workout.

  • Do I need any special equipment?

    Nope. Just show up with a good attitude, and the desire to sweat and work hard – we’ll provide the rest!

  • I don’t want to get too bulky – will CrossFit add too much muscle?

    Not to worry. CrossFit will increase lean body mass, but not to the degree most people think. Since CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program and not a bodybuilding program, your results will be a leaner, more toned version of yourself.