What's the NCFIT Collective all about?
The NCFIT Collective is all about providing the world’s best programming and coaching development platform to gym owners and coaches. We believe a consistently excellent product on the floor is the single most important factor to ensuring your business’ long-term success. We developed these tools for our own team, and now we want to help you build better – Build better coaches, better workouts, and better businesses!
At NCFIT, we manage over 20 different locations with over 100 coaches worldwide. We strive to establish an inclusive, effective, and fun fitness environment in every single location. The programming and development behind the NCFIT Collective help us do just that.
Everyday NCFIT coaches deliver this message to our members utilizing our programming and session plans. We use the very same tools everyday to deliver amazing workouts and develop excellent coaches. The NCFIT Collective provides you the tools to bring a world-class experience to your community everyday. We are excited for you to begin your journey as a member of the NCFIT Collective!
How did the NCFIT Collective come to life?
We wanted to help raise the bar in the fitness industry. Early on at NCFIT, we achieved some success through providing amazing workouts and top-notch coaching to a very small group of people. As we grew, we experimented with different ways to continue this experience for our members. With growth comes opportunity but also some challenges. We needed to be better. It became more and more important to provide excellent, yet accessible programming that appealed to a broad audience as well as a daily guidebook for our coaches to consistently deliver excellent classes. Over time, we've refined our tools and hired a team of people exclusively dedicated to designing our programming and session plans. The NCFIT Collective was born from this drive to continually invest in the development of our not on our programming, but our team of coaches around the world. It is our desire to share our collective knowledge with gym owners and coaches alike.
Isn’t your programming your secret sauce...Why do you want to share all this?
We want nothing more than to see other gym owners and coaches be successful. A higher bar across the bar means greater success for us all. The tools you gain access to as a member of the NCFIT Collective really work. They work to build better workouts, better classes and better coaches. We also know that not everyone has the time or resources to invest in planning out their programs or developing their staff. Often times, after a long week of coaching, the last thing you want to do is sit down create workouts. Trust us, we get it. Here at NCFIT, we are fortunate enough to have a dedicated programming team that loves every minute of it! The programs presented in the NCFIT Collective are the result of hours of analysis, refinement, and review. We take pride in knowing that gym owners and coaches around the world greatly benefit from something we love to do.
As a member of the NCFIT Collective, am I required to promote and advertise my membership?
No, you are not required to advertise or promote that you are a member of the NCFIT Collective. However, if you would like to, check out our branding guidelines here.
Do I need to refer to my classes as "NC30", "NC45", "NC60" etc. if I utilize the programming and session plans?
No, you are not required to refer to these classes within your gym as "NC30", "NC45", "NC60", etc. You can name your programs as you see fit.
NCFIT COLLECTIVE PROGRAMS
What programs are included in my membership?
Your membership in the NCFIT Collective gives you access to 3 Main Programs and 2 Auxiliary Programs. Our Main Programs include: NC60, NC45, NC30 and our Auxiliary Programs include: NCBURN and NCCOMPETE.
If you choose to integrate new offerings into your programs, make sure you first identify the needs and wants of your member base. Choose the program(s) that best meet these needs of your members.
Why three main programs?
At the outset of our journey in 2008, we offered one very effective program to our members to help reach their goals. Today, NC60 remains a flagship offering in the NCFIT Collective. Since then, we have developed two additional programs, NC30 and NC45, to provide a more comprehensive offering to our members.
NC60 is our version of constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity. This is CrossFit at it’s finest -- refined to be the absolute best programming out there. NC60 is our flagship program and it's incredibly effective -- train to be ready for anything!
NC45 is always strength plus metcon, everyday. It's a foundational strength program that gives athletes more exposure to the barbell while also getting in great workout.
NC30 is simple but potent. It eliminates the barbell and most complex gymnastics movements but still packs a punch! Everyday your athletes will sweat through fun conditioning workouts.
Why three programs? Well, we recognized a few trends in our membership base that eventually led us to diversify our offerings...
Time – Our members desired effective workouts whether they could spend 60, 45, or 30 minutes at the gym on any given day. With only one program option at 60 minutes, we were leaving some members without an appropriate option.
Type – Our members desired a variety of workouts with clear distinction and expectation. Our programming now clearly provides these options with clear goals for each.
Goals & Experience – Our members desired a certain type of experience with more consistency than a single program provided. Our members had a wide variety of goals, but we had only one program. Today, we regularly offer all three programs to provide an effective workout to any individual regardless of experience, ability or skill.
All of our programs deliver an extremely effective workout by incorporating functional movements; however, the movements, loading, degree of variance, and level of complexity differ across all three. No matter which offering you choose to experience you can expect that the class will be expertly coached, true to our overall mission, and scalable to any level of fitness or ability. This has been key to our success.
Can you provide a brief overview of your three main programs, NC60, NC45, NC30?
NC60 – NC60 is our take on high intensity training, and it doesn’t get any better! Inspired by our 60-minute class, the NC60 program offers the opportunity to gain exposure to the widest degree of complexity, loading, and variance. In our NC60 program, all movements, loads, and time domains are fair game. Workouts can last anywhere from less than 10 minutes to 30+ minutes, but most workouts will last anywhere between 10-25 minutes. Workouts are highly varied in duration, format, and type. Each session will be different, and athletes need to be ready for anything! NC60 is perfect for anyone interested in high intensity training and looking to build a well-rounded brand of fitness. NC60 workouts can be very challenging, but all NC60 workouts can be scaled for any ability level whether newer or more advanced athletes.
NC45 – NC45 offers daily strength and skill training along with a fun and effective metcon-style workout. Inspired by our 45-minute class, NC45 incorporates daily strength-based movements with a workout to build a solid foundation. The movements and workouts in NC45 focus squarely on building a strong base and providing daily exposure to strength training. In NC45 athletes will learn how to squat, press, pull, and clean through daily strength progressions. Athletes will also gain exposure to common bodyweight, gymnastic, and monostructural movements. If you are newer to this style of training, this program is a fantastic introduction to complexity, loading, and variance. If your athletes are more advanced, NC45 helps develop mechanics, consistency, and intensity in foundational strength and moderately complex movements.
NC30 – NC30 is the ultimate high-energy conditioning training. Workouts typically last anywhere from 10-15 minutes and always incorporate simple yet potent movements. Inspired by our 30-minute class, NC30 combines bodyweight, rowing-biking-running, and simple weight lifting movements for each workout. NC30 workouts will improve athlete’s conditioning regardless of skill level and can be performed in nearly any location with very little equipment. NC30 serves as the perfect option if athletes are focusing on their conditioning, need a quick workout, just getting started, or on the road.
Can you provide more info on your programming philosophy for NC60?
Sure can! Our goal with our NC60 program is the long-term fitness and health of our athletes. We are programming for the greatest degree of general physical preparedness for a very broad audience -- we want our athletes to be extremely well-rounded! We firmly believe the best way to accomplish this goal is through the smart application of variance, intensity, and functional movements. The NC60 program is definitely challenging for athletes and will expose weaknesses quickly. With that being said, everything we do is scalable -- this means that every workout can be appropriate for both your fittest athletes and your newest athletes.
When we are programming NC60, we are building workouts with a certain avatar athlete in mind -- the “fittest” athlete in your gym. However, you will notice that in NC60 we always prescribe (2) sets of loading, NC_1 and NC_2.
For Example: Thruster (135/95)|(95/65)
We refer to“RX” as the NC_1 loading range, in this example (135/95). This is loading range is programmed toward “fittest” athlete avatar. NC_2 loading, in this example (95/65), is programmed toward an “average” athlete avatar. Not only does this helps us stay on track and avoid biasing the program to our own strengths and weaknesses, but also it allows our members the opportunity to see more realistic loading ranges and gives coaches an easy scaling option for loading.
For our “fittest” avatar in NC_1, we consider this athlete to be a low-mid level “Regional” type of athlete. They have all the skills and can move most loads but they are not the absolute best in the world. For our NC_2 avatar we are considering your “average” athlete. They have most skills and can work well with moderate loads but they still have a lot of room to grow. In NC60, we always display these two loading ranges in order to give athletes a good idea how to scale the workout but also to make the workout more approachable for those who never get to “RX” a workout. We have found this approach to be very effective.
Now, not only are we programming for the greatest impact on “fitness” and “GPP”, but we are also programming to make sure our workouts are practical and fun. This is essential in operating a for-profit business. We know that you are bringing these workouts to life in a class environment and members need to enjoy the workouts. We always do our best to make sure the workouts are as practical as possible for the owner and coaches and as fun as possible for the members. One of the best ways to get your members fired up about the program is for YOU to be fired up about it. If you and your coaches are bought in, the members will follow suit.
A question we get asked a lot is about rigid cycles and linear progressions. We do not believe these are effective for the population we work within. There are far too many variables to make these types of structures effective for a group fitness environment. By definition, rigid progression is not variance. How do you create results then? We create adaptation, growth, and results through a consistent exposure to a broad range of stimulus. We have long term goals and targets for all of our programs as well as short term focuses every month; however, we do not create rigid cycles. Our program is extremely effective at promoting fitness and GPP for all participants and that is our ultimate goal.
We do however employ structured benchmark testing. In testing our fitness against specific workouts, we employ both classic benchmarks and NCFIT specific benchmarks throughout the year. For some benchmarks, you will see the workout repeated 2-3x a year to measure progress while others will only be retested 1x a year. These benchmarks are defined at the beginning of the year by the NCFIT programming team.
Overall, what we hope you find in our NC60 is an extremely effective, fun, and challenging (but scalable!) program that will allow you to focus more on developing your business than developing workouts.
What are some of the major trends in your NC60 program?
In programming NC60, we definitely have an NCFIT signature on the program that makes it unique compared to other programs out there. Through our program tracking and analysis, we monitor these trends to make sure that we are staying on target and not placing too much unwanted bias in one direction. We are extremely confident that we developed a winning formula – workouts that are extremely effective, fun, and practical.
In comparison to a very “traditional” functional training program, here is where we stack up. Overall, we trend slightly longer and with slightly higher volume. Most of our workouts exist in the 10-25 minute range. We will test the sub-10 time domain but we will always make sure those days have enough meat on the bone for the members to feel they got their money’s worth. We also include more AMRAP and EMOM style workouts than a “traditional” program. We still employ plenty of For Time workouts and other unique formats. This subtle bias is not noticeable unless you do the math over the course of the year.
Perhaps the two most noticeable differences between our program and a “traditional” approach are -- 1.) We commonly include Partner Workouts (1x a week or every other week), and 2.) We do not program single modality work alone. Let’s tackle partner workouts first...we love these. It’s a great way to build community, reduce the workout stress for athletes, and gets people working together. These workouts can be some of the most memorable days in the gym! As for single modality work, we love it and appreciate it but we recognize a huge dip in member attendance for workouts such as a: 5k Run, a 1k Row, or 30 Muscle Ups alone. On days where we test these type of single modality efforts they will often be paired with other work, show up as a strength/skill session, or “hidden” in a workout. We believe that is not only effective for testing these modalities but also make for a much better athlete experience.
Can you provide a brief overview of your auxiliary programs?
NCBURN -- BURN is our special spin on fast-paced interval training. Workouts for BURN involve very little equipment and can be performed almost anywhere -- at the gym, at home, or on the road. Every workout involves four different station rotations and typically last between 10-20 minutes. In BURN, athletes will work through each station for a short period of time then move to a new station. Workouts will always challenge athletes to push themselves through the burn! BURN is perfect if athletes are looking for high-energy interval training, want to focus exclusively on light conditioning, or need a quick workout that they can do anywhere!
NCCOMPETE -- COMPETE is a competitive track programming designed by NCFIT. COMPETE pays homage to NCFIT’s rich history of success in the sport of fitness while paving the way forward for a new breed of competitor. The goal of this program is twofold -- first, to provide athletes with a strong foundation and specific tools they need to succeed in competition, and second, to grow a strong community of like-minded athletes eager to better themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Every session of COMPETE contains 3 parts - Part A, B, and C. For more info about priorities and completion, please visit nc.fit/compete. Sessions typically last anywhere between 60-90 minutes.
What equipment is recommended for each program?
Overall, we recommend having access to all equipment commonly found in a functional fitness gym as well as the proper amount of space to deliver the programs in safe, effective, and fun environment. Below you will find general equipment recommendations for each of our programs.
NC60 & NC45 – Both programs will require access to a full functional fitness set-up including all common equipment like barbells, plates, and pull-up structure. In addition to common items, dumbbells, slam balls, rowers, and bikes are used regularly. Less common equipment like sleds, GHDs, heavy d-balls, or skis will typically not appear in workouts; however, if any of these items do appear a common substitute will be included in the session plan.
NC30 – This program commonly employs basic equipment including: dumbbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, boxes, wall balls, slam balls, rowers, bikes, and rings. You will not need access to barbells or a pull-up structure. For weighted objects you will commonly need light to moderate loads. Occasionally, plates may be incorporated; however, barbells or racks will not be utilized.
NCBURN - This program only employs a limited set of equipment including: dumbbells, jump ropes, boxes, rowers, and bikes. You will not need access to any other equipment to complete the BURN program.
NCCOMPETE - Will require access to a full functional fitness set-up including all common equipment like barbells, plates, and pull-up structure. In addition to common items, dumbbells, slam balls, rowers, and bikes are used regularly. Less common equipment like sleds, GHDs, heavy d-balls, or skis will typically not appear in workouts; however, if any of these items do appear athletes can substitute as needed.
How should we read tempo when it's included in a workout?
Sometime we will include a tempo prescription for a movement. This is the particular cadence that we want the movement performed. Tempo will commonly be listed like:
Example: Back Squat (40X1)
The First number (as in 40X1) is the amount of time you should take to perform the Eccentric portion, or, the lowering of the weight or exercise. In this example, 4 which is :04 on the way down.
The Second number (as in 40X1) is the amount of time to hold the weight/pause at the bottom of the exercise. In this example, 0 which is no pause.
The Third number (as in 40X1) is the amount of time you should take to perform the Concentric portion or the raising of the exercise or weight. In this example, X. An X anywhere indicates as fast as possible, i.e. explosive (but still maintaining good form). The Fourth number (as in 40X1) is the amount of time to hold the weight/pause at the top of the exercise. In this example, 1 which is a :01 pause at the top.
session plans & programming
Why do you offer session plans along with your programming?
If our programming is the overall recipe for success, the session plans are the secret ingredients to ensure an amazing outcome every single time! NC60, NC45, and NC30 all come with a detailed session plan everyday to help bring the class to life in an effective, fun, and exciting way. At NCFIT, all of our coaches review the session plan well in advance of class order to deliver the best possible product for the members. Our session plans provide the guidance a coach needs to run a great class. Not only will coaches be prepared to run great classes, but also this is the best way to develop your team over the long term. When your coaches read and study our lesson plans they are getting better. They further their education every single day. This is the best way to develop your team, hands down.
Our session plans have vastly improved the experience of our members and furthered the development of our staff. Your membership in the NCFIT Collective gives you access to every session plan, every day for each of our main programs.
What makes your session plans differ from the rest?
At NCFIT, we are fortunate to have a dedicated team of individuals whose sole responsibility is programming and planning. From initial draft to final execution, our programs and plans go through rigorous review and testing. Our team consists of some of the best in the industry with thousands of hours of coaching experience and achieving the highest regard among professional trainers. We realize that we are very lucky to have such a dedicated and committed team, and we'd like to share that with you. Your membership in the NCFIT Collective gives you a peek behind the curtain and allows you and your coaches to benefit from world-class programming and session plans.
Can you provide a brief breakdown of what a session plan consists of?
All our main programs are paired with a session plan for every single class, every single day. Your coaches will benefit from a consistent outline, plan of attack, best practices, tips & tricks, and notes from NCFIT’s programming team. Session plans are included well ahead of time to allow your coaches to review, plan, and execute. Your coaches will gain confidence and progress their development through studying the session plans and watching our daily coaching tip videos. In our line of work, stellar and consistent coaching is critical for continued success and growth, our session plans will get you there.
Our session plans follow the following charter to ensure the best possible classes, long term development, and unified coaching structure...
WORKOUT OF THE DAY – Each session plan is focused around the workout for that day, for that specific program. Our workouts follow our programming methodology and are designed to be inclusive while intensive.
HIGHLIGHTS - Gives your coaches an executive summary of the workout. Here, coaches will see short statement outlining the Goal, Focus, & Time. The goal is the athlete goal for the workout. The focus is the coaching focus for the workout. The time is the amount of time needed for all working sessions.
INTRO – Here, your coaches will be introduced to the workout (format, type, kind, duration, etc.). This section is great for familiarizing yourself with the overall day. The Intro also covers any notes or highlights we feel would be particularly important to know before reviewing the rest of the session plan.
STIMULUS - In this section we review the desired effect and feel of the workout. The stimulus will help coaches define the workout, explain the workout, and scale the workout to ensure all of your members are finding a similar stimulus. This is critical.
TIMELINE – We also provide a rough timeline for every class. Here, we include a breakdown of the class based on structure and focus. Our timelines create broad overviews of each class to keep coaches on track to ensure they deliver all important material, properly administer the workout, and build community.
WARM-UP – Every plan outlines a suggested warm-up based on the workout for that particular day. Warm-ups are provided for both general readiness and specific skill development. Our warm-ups get your athletes ready for the workout in an effective and well-planned manner. The warm-up is customized based on that day’s workout and timeline.
TEACHING - In our teaching section your coaches will find teaching points, tips, and tricks to help more effectively coach, communicate, and correct movement. This is where you will find you plan for presenting, refining, and drilling movement. The teaching section, just like all the other sections, are specifically tailored for that day’s workout. Teaching help guide coaches with valuable kernels of knowledge that they can share with each other as well as share with the class.
SCALING – Every day we provide common scaling options for nearly every movement we include in our workouts. Our scaling recommendations are tailored to that specific workout and stimulus. This reference guide will allow your coaches to review our scaling recommendations prior to class to be better prepared and better able to administer an effective class for every member.
What are the best practices for session plans?
We believe that consistent and meaningful exposure to the session plans is one of the best ways to ensure your coaches are delivering the best possible product. Below, we’ve outlined a few best practices for you and your coaches when thinking about our session plans…
Study, Review & Take Notes – Review the session plans at least a few hours before class! We’ve found the best results when our coaches review the session plans the night before delivering class. This way the material has time to sink in and they can think about how they want to approach each session.
Make it Your Own – Take the session plan and make it your own! Every coach has their own style and flow, and we want your coaches and classes to be unique. Coaches should still bring their own flavor to each class. This can be especially valuable in warm-up, cool downs, and skill sessions. We encourage coaches to use the session plan as a guide to help better understand the workout and improve the member experience.
Establish a Game Plan – Have a game plan for any outliers! Sometimes, you can’t predict when you might get hit with a class of 20+ or a class of 1-3. At these ends of the spectrum, we recommend having a general contingency plan.
Bring the Fun – Everyday your goal should be to educate, entertain and engage members through fitness. Fun should always be part of the experience! This is particularly true when you see ‘play a game.’ Every now and then, you will find a warm-up indicated as a game we suggest. You don’t need to play this particular game but the spirit remains the same. Every community is a little different and likes to get after their own breed of fun – these are the perfect days for it.
Communicate and Collaborate – Share best practices among your staff! We believe that the best ideas come through collaboration. As the workouts come to life through the session plans, we encourage your coaches to share their experiences with one another and talk about what worked well for them.
How do I receive the Session Plans & Programming?
Upon enrolling in the NCFIT Collective, all of the session plans and programming will be available via the NCFIT App. The NCFIT App will act as the hub for all things Session Plans & Programming. Once we get you signed up and all registered, you as well as your team of coaches will be granted NCFIT Collective access. Don't sweat, the NCFIT App is available for both iOS and Android, worldwide.
What are the daily coaching and athlete videos for?
Every day, we produce a coaching video for all three of our main programs. These videos give your coaches specific ways to approach that class. In general, you can expect to learn new ways to manage classes, substitute movements, and help correct individual athletes. These videos are incredibly effective coaching development tools that your coaches will have access to on a daily basis.
We also provide an athlete video for all three of our main programs. These videos are only visible to individual members who have subscribed to our programming. Coaches have access to both videos and can gain valuable insight from both.
How many days of the year do you program? What about Holidays?
We program 365 days a year. Auxiliary programs may have regularly scheduled rest days, but this will stay consistent throughout the year.
For specific holidays, we will program a “Hero” workout to honor our fallen veterans. On major holidays we also commonly program a very “big” workout (Hero workout, partner workout, or benchmark workout) to help accommodate for shortened schedules and larger classes. You can expect that these will be factored into the week as a whole, and not just randomly thrown in there!
Memberships, Billing & Cancellations
What membership options are available?
We offer memberships that are inclusive of all of our programs. Your membership payment plan will depend on the number of coaches (users) you choose.
We currently offer three membership tiers.
Tier 01 – 1 Coach
Tier 02 - up to 5 Coaches
Tier 03 - up to 10 Coaches
Need more users? Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does billing work?
All memberships to the NCFIT Collective are Month-to-Month Memberships that automatically renew on the date of your intial membership purchase.
If for any reason you need to update your billing information, please email email@example.com
I need to add more coaches to my membership plan, how do I do that?
Easy! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Membership Tier Upgrade and a member from our team will contact you shortly.
Can I cancel my membership at any time?
Month-to-Month Memberships may be terminated, without penalty with a minimum of fifteen (15) days advance written notice of the billing date. Written notice stating that you are canceling this Month-to-Month Membership Agreement, must be sent to email@example.com or by certified mail.
Am I "grandfathered" into my membership plan and pricing?
Yes, you will be grandfathered into your membership plan and pricing for as long as the membership plan you enroll in is offered and as long as you remain an active paying member in good standing.
App & Other things
Where can my members view the workout of the day?
We recommend that you continue to post your workouts on your website, or membership portal. We have a dedicated website where you can copy and paste workouts in advance.
Is the app the only way I can receive session plans & programming?
While it is our main resource for Collective members, we have also developed a members website called the Collective Corner, which allows members to view programming online.
Do I need to be a CrossFit® affiliate to join?
No. All fitness facilities are welcome to join.