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 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 clients. Spend time observing a morning class and an afternoon class. By just being in the space you’ll learn a lot about class structure and trainers’ personalities. If the trainer is wearing spandex pants talking on his cellphone while demonstrating a muscle up, best to walk away. If the entire class is sporting a Seahawks t-shirt and you are a 49’ers fan, you should probably run (We joke. But seriously, you need a Seahawks shirt 🙂 ).
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. We like to consider ourselves less militaristic and try to have fun. We focus on specific instruction, teaching the curriculum of CrossFit. We do this in small class settings or one on one appointments. Come and check us out 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. It’s truly one of the best parts of CrossFit…getting to workout with new friends all the time, who will push you to be better and not give up!