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"CrossFit South Brooklyn, NY, NY"
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CrossFit Kennesaw, Kennesaw, GAA friend of mine goes to this box about 20 miles outside of Atlanta. I've had many mediocre to downright bad experiences at other affiliates but this is one of the best I've been to. The owner, Chris Shewmaker, was coaching my class and he was very much like DO and his crew in that he was vigilantly paying attention to athletes, giving cues on form during the WOD, and insisting that a less experienced athlete stop the movement he was doing when it was clear that he was rounding his back and setting himself up for an injury. It's a bit out of the way if you're in downtown Atlanta, but if you have a car I think it's worth the drive.
Crossfit Downtown Atlanta/ATL Barbell
This is is a very spacious box with friendly folks and decent coaching. I would recommend it for dropping in. They structure their classes similar to ours-- a warm up, a lift, and a WOD. I stayed at the CNN Center for work and was able to run to this location since I didn't have a car. I would come here again.
Asheville Barbell Club, Asheville NC
As the name suggests, this is not a crossfit box but a barbell club. It is tiny; picture a little mini gym inside a storage facility, but they have about 6 platforms and weights in pounds and kgs. They are a very small group of people that train together during open gym hours, and are very friendly. Most of them focus on oly lifts rather than power lifting. I have dropped in here several times over the years and they have never made me pay. It is kind of hard to find but if you have a GPS on your car shouldn't be an issue.
Crossfit Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC
Great vibe at this gym and super welcoming. Started with warmups and then either a lift or a gymnastic movement followed by a WOD. The WODs were always really intense but in the way that makes you glad you did it afterwards. Also really affordable on the road. $30 for an unlimited week of classes.
CrossFit Nola, New Orleans, LA
The programming is pretty standard CrossFit in that it really is constantly varied (unlike SBK which does introduce some elements of consistency from week to week so that you have enough repeated exposures to learn and improve at certain lifts and movements). Which is not a bad thing if you're traveling, just know that you won't know what to expect. They have several spaces in the city right now -- I can comment only on the Magazine Street location, which had just opened when I went in December. The early-morning class was practically empty, which meant there was plenty of encouragement and personal attention from the coach. Would definitely come here again!
CrossFit 404 in Atlanta:
Pretty solid programming with a strength or skill section before a WOD every day. Similar to what we do in that regard. They were doing some percentage-based volume bench press work the day I was there.
Could have used a little more instruction on some of the points of the lift and they had us self-select bar pairings, which was kind of weird for me since I had no idea what anyone else would be lifting. Metcon was 4 rounds of 3 cleans, 6 front squats, 9 deadlifts, 400m run at 185#. Pretty rough, but well put together. The coach also made sure people picked a weight they could do unbroken for the most part, which was good for that kind of WOD.
Would definitely come here again!
Crossfit Kings Point in Orlando, FLhttp://crossfitkingspoint.com/
Great space (once I found it - very tucked away in an office park). Huge space, and both times I came in, there was a bunch of pickup hoops going on; nice vibe. Great coaching and programming - they also had great equipment. But, it's hard to say nice things about wallballs. Still, they do it right.
CrossFit Boynton Beach, Boynton Beach, FL
Spent 6 wonderful weeks at this box during my internship this fall in Florida. I was originally drawn to it because they had the best programming in the area...and was even more pleased to see that the gym was mobility oriented, incorporating group DROMS before every workout. They were very accommodating to my needs as I was coming back from an injury, always providing scalable options without hesitation. Overall, a very welcoming, warm community with some awesome coaches...plus they've got some badass athletes! I felt like this gym was my home away from home, and look forward to going back as I frequently visit Florida.
CrossFit Dilworth - Charlotte, NC
Dropped in twice here over the holidays. Picked this box because their programming looked similar to CFSBK. DROMs are programmed on the board but done on your own. No intros at the beginning of class. Brandon, the coach, explained the workouts well although I'm not sure he was giving out any pointers during the workouts.
Overall, I liked the box. I'd like to check it out during more normal (non-holiday) programming to see how it stands up.
CrossFit South Tryon - Charlotte, NC
A newer box in Charlotte. A bit out of the way for me but they had a class that fit my schedule. It's a really big space and they were in the middle of an expansion. Looks like it will be really nice.
They had some new faces in the room so we did intros. DROMs were programmed on the board and DIY, but the coach, Brendan, walked around and gave everyone pointers on what they were doing. Warm-up had pull-ups so he was helping most people with their kip and explaining how other parts of the warm-up related to improving that kip. Good stuff.
Coaches always make the difference and Brendan really made CrossFit South Tryon shine. I could tell he's building a great place there. Highly recommended.
Recommended! Have dropped in twice over the past couple of years. The owners are welcoming and they have a great community vibe. The classes are well organized and instructors take the time to demo all of the movements and are attentive to form. Felt like home.
I needed a place to do the open workout this past weekend. 15.3I went to Crossfit DOA in lake worth florida.Their programming was a ltitle intense. However they were very nice and if your only visiting it's free!
Crossfit Gulch - Nashville, TN
Decent sized space in the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville. There were lots of boxes to choose from - Gulch was closest to my hotel.
Warm-up/DROMS, WOD - no lifts. Attentive coaching with friendly members. I would go again.
Barista Parlor is walking distance for coffee, snacks and chill vibes.
Crossfit Balance, Washington DC. They have a few locations throughout DC - I went to the Thomas Circle location. I dropped into a 615 AM class, which was full and friendly. It was well organized and paced, despite the somewhat small space. There was no strength component the day I went; just snatch warmups to prepare for the metcon: 27-21-15-9 snatches (at 75#) and calories rowed (a rough one, but not super crazy). I think on some days they have a strength or oly lifting component before the metcon, some days not.
Overall, CF Balance was a good place to drop into. The coach was friendly and attentive to the class and had helpful cues. The community seemed engaged and friendly. They charged a $25 drop in fee and ask that you sign up for class space ahead of time. Recommended if you're in DC for a few days.
Crossfit Outer Banks, Outer Banks, NCOBX is a big vacation destination, so almost all of the folks in the class were drop-ins. With no introductions, I made a point to introduce myself. The coaches were definitely much warmer with me than than the others.
Dropped in 3 times during my week vacation. The box doesn't post the WOD, so it was interesting each day. First two days were 20-30min metcons of light weight, high volume sorts. No complicated movements. The last drop in was a 12min AMRAP including heavy DB squat snatch, similar to a workout we have done from the main site. It was a fun number, but you could the movement was to advanced for most folks.
Recommendation: Good. Good box to get in a metcon during vacation and the programming is probably geared towards drop-ins, avoiding complicated movements.
Crossfit PBA in Palm Beach, FL
Dropped in while I was in town for a zoning board hearing for an upcoming project of ours, and I'll definitely be back when were conducting monthly site visits during 2016-2017.
Owner and head coach Steven is an ITA reader and grew up in Queens. Classes have a lot of similar structure to CFSBK. We warmed up with some agility drills outside, and then moved onto some mobility work focused on the day's movements (in my case front rack position for FSQ). During the mobility portion there was a QOD which if I remember correctly was "What is a bad habit you're trying to kick?".
After the warmup we moved into a strength portion (FSQ), and then a metcon, The metcon was well explained and there was a scaled, RX, and RX+ option, each of which was well qualified in terms of your experience vs. which workout you should choose. There was also the "if you're unsure, talk to me and we'll come up with the correct weight and subs" offer. Our workout was an amrap of deadlifts, hang cleans, and double unders.
Facilities were small but well appointed. They had a rig with four rack spaces and 6 or 8 pullup bars as well as some high rings and wall ball targets. There was plenty of floor space and barbells/plates, as well as ropes, med balls, and all the mobility tools you might need. They didn't have a plethora of everything, but they did seem to have everything. I don't get the impression their classes are enormous, so I think they have plenty to go around.
I'm sure there are other great boxes in Palm Beach (there are seriously a ton), but I found this one first and I'll stick with it. Thumbs up.
Crossfit MPH, Washington, DC (near Logan Circle)
Since I'm only 3 weeks into Crossfit, I was nervous to try dropping in at a new box while traveling. I emailed in advance to make sure there would be coaching to break down each movement, and got a quick, friendly, reassuring response; my experience didn't disappoint.
It was power snatch day; there were extensive warmups but no metcon. It was supposed to be 3x3x3x3x3 but most people were encouraged to do more rounds. The coaches actually assigned weight for each person rather than it being self-determined. They were great at demonstrating and correcting form.
The gym itself is small-ish, which means you actually have to sign up online ahead of time ($25 single drop in). And, everyone was welcoming, which is never a bad thing. I would definitely go back.
Crossfit Raleigh http://raleigh-crossfit.com (North Carolina)
I would absolutely head back to this box. $15 drop in or $25 shirt purchase (including options that benefit local charities); the friendliest people; the biggest space; the newest equipment. The workout was challenging and well-coached by Ben, and the cash out was killer. It's pretty easy to get to from the downtown area and is basically in the warehouse district. Within a 10 minute walk, there's a really good chocolate factory, so that's never a bad thing.
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