Choosing a CrossFit Gym

 

CrossFit’s mission is “to fuel a revolution in fitness based on the pursuit of function.”

 

We love how our friends at CrossFit Headquarters
in Santa Cruz describe this revolution:

“We believe that where you train is less important than how you train, and whom you train with matters more than what gear you have. We know this can be done anywhere. We’ve proven that the back yard to the garage to the warehouse is as good an environment as any for forging elite fitness.”

 

Take a Close Look!

Before you decide to join a CrossFit gym, or “box,” you need to make certain that box is a “true” affiliate, ensuring the trainers have completed the necessary levels of certification. The good news is there are currently over 5,000 affiliates around the world, so it is likely you will find one near you. The bad news is that not every place that says “CrossFit” is a true affiliate. Check the list of affiliates here: http://www.crossfit.com/cf-affiliates/.  If the owner of CrossFitperformance says her gym is affiliated: Let the buyer beware! Not only is this person misrepresenting their gym, they are placing their clientele in danger. You want the people teaching CrossFit movements to be endorsed by CrossFit.

 

Take off your Coat and Stay Awhile

Once you have narrowed down the (official) affiliates you want to try, take the time to visit. Talk with the trainers, talk with the members. Spend time observing a morning class and an afternoon class if you like. By just being in the space you’ll learn a lot about class structure and trainers’ personalities.

 

The Same but Different

Although the fundamentals of CrossFit are the same wherever one goes, it’s safe to say no two boxes look the same. What matters most is that you feel comfortable with the coaches and in the space. Anyone can write a workout down on a board and say go… but pay attention to how people teach and communicate things, how they organize classes, etc. Most boxes don’t have a wall of mirrors (if any at all); there may be a stationary bike or some rowers, but no machines. Decide for yourself if it’s the environment for you. Trust your gut!

 

It’s the People, People!

At most big box gyms there is no need or desire to get to know the people next to you on the elliptical trainer or Stairmaster. In any case, they’re probably too busy watching TV or reading US magazine. CrossFit, on the other hand, is one hundred percent all about the people you “throw down with” every day. As CrossFit increasingly becomes a bigger part of your life, so, too, will your fellow CrossFitters. You don’t have to like everyone, but don’t be surprised if it turns out you do.

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