Travel Gym Recommendations > United States West

Please post your experiences/recommendations training at gyms in this region. (Includes Hawaii and Alaska) Please post with the gym name, city and state as your post title. For example:

"CrossFit South Brooklyn, NY, NY"

July 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Osorio

CrossFit Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA

Visited this gym quite a few years ago but the folks that run it are OLD SCHOOL CrossFit and know their stuff. Classes were run well and there was a lot of attention to form and review. If you can work with Hollis or Lauren I recommend them

http://www.crossfitsantacruz.com/

July 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Osorio

Flagship CrossFit, San Francisco, CA
This box opened just a few months ago in downtown SF and I'm SO GLAD it's there. I travel to SF often for business and previously, the choices had been KStar's gym (very good, but a pain in the arse to get to if you don't have a car) and a couple of other boxes that I've heard mixed reviews of. So when Paul H told me about this one, I gave it a try and was glad I did. Nice clean space, good coaches, tough WODs. It's expensive (I think I paid $35 for drop in) but given the location I can't blame them, and it was worth it to get in a good WOD without having to pay $25 each way for a cab ride to the Presidio. I will definitely be back the next time I'm in SF.

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStella

CrossFit Roots, Boulder CO

Great facilities and coaches. View of the Rockies while you sweat.
Requires advance registration.

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris H

CrossFit Roots, Boulder CO

Great facilities and coaches. View of the Rockies while you sweat.
Requires advance registration.

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris H

Crossfit Max Effort - Las Vegas, NV

A quick taxi ride from the strip if you're there for a conference or fun. I've visited this box a couple of times and it has great facilities, a good vibe and programming that seems as close to what we do at CFSBK as any box I've visited (or thought about visiting). Only caveat is to have an exit strategy lined up as it can take a while to get a taxi to get there to get you back to your hotel.

http://www.crossfitmaxeffort.com/

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEvan R.

Crossfit Fremont, CA

I traveled to this box in 2011 when I was in Fremont for work, and it was TEENY TINY, but gets the job done if you ever find yourself in Fremont. The coaching was very minimal, and left a lot to be desired. Even though the classes are very small, no one talked to each other. It was a weird vibe. But, like I said, it will get the job done if you can't find anything else.

July 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Crossfit Napa Valley

Went to an Open Gym session one morning at 7 a.m. (Open Gym is from 7-9 a.m.) midweek while visiting wine country. Large open facility. Very chill open gym. Would return for a class if in the neighborhood.

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

NorCal Crossfit, San Jose location

Went to a 7 a.m. class on a Saturday. Huge facility. Fairly large class for a saturday morning. Programming similar to ours in that class started with names, mobility, warm-up, 15 min. AMRAP WOD (30 cal row, 30 T2B, 30 KB/DB snatches, 30 K2E), followed by a cashout of core exercises (sit-ups, planks, hollow rocks, hollow hold). Solid coaching and a supportive class. Highly recommend.

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

CrossFit Milpitas - Milpitas, CA

I was looking for a Sunday drop-in around the Bay Area and the options were pretty limited. Found a few but CF Milpitas reminded me of CFSBK so I took the 25 min drive from Palo Alto to check it out. I'm glad I did.

They have 1 class on Sunday at 9am. Atsushi is the coach on that day and he was fantastic. He paid close attention to everyone and was giving lots of good tips (and encouragement). We spent a lot of time on mobility at the beginning, did some strength work, and then a WOD.

Overall, a clean, spacious box with a crew of really nice people and a great crew. Highly recommended for those in the Area!

crossfitmilpitas.com

August 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterElliott

CrossFit 650 - San Bruno, CA

This is my second trip visiting CrossFit 650 in San Bruno (near SFO airport). Once again, I really liked group there. Nick is the owner and coaches in the early morning classes (5:30am and 6:30am). Super friendly people.

Warm-up, sometimes a strength component, and then a WOD. Good tips prior to any work, but not much happening during the movements. That said, I'm still happy with this box and would recommend it, especially if you're staying near the airport.

crossfit650.com

August 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterElliott

Crossfit Pearl District - Portland, OR

Nice, small box. There were only three other crossfitters at the 9:30am class, but they were regulars, and they were good. The one coach on duty at the time was friendly and helpful. The programming seemed similar to CFSBK's box.

Strength -- Deadlifts 3x5 @ 150% of WOD weight

WOD -- 5 Rounds of:
400m run
30 sit-ups
15 Deadlifts (RX @ 155)

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel

Crossfit Napili - Maui, HI

in the northeast section of maui, it's kinda hard to find (yes, you do go down those stairs and into that barn), but when we walked in, there were pro surfers and a handful or angry tattooed people WOD-ing it up. Felt like home. It's a new-ish box; they were still getting in shipments of weights, etc, since it's so hard to import anything to the islands. owner was rad, and beat us without mercy. There's a larger box in Lahaina, but it felt right to throw this new spot some biz. tshirt & drop in fee was about $40? Maybe?

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSailor Sally

Crossfit 626, South Pasadena, CA

This is a very small facility with very small classes. I've been to their 630 am class and both times there were about 6 people total in the class. You need to sign up on their scheduling website and reserve a space in the class you want to attend.

The daily programming seems to run similarly to SBK's with a short warmup, a strength or gymnastic component (or both), then a conditioning WOD. The classes are well and efficiently run and the coaches are very friendly and helpful. The vibe in the gym seemed a little less collegial than I'm used to, but that could just be attributable to the fact that it was early and the class was small.

Overall, I'd recommend checking out CF626 if you are in the Pasadena area.

December 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShawn

Kahala Crossfit, Honolulu HI.

Nice small box in store front. Nice coaches, allowed me to modify and work out on my own.

January 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris H

Crossfit Amped, Bellveue WA

Recommended. Dedicated strength program, smart coaching, good facility, good vibe. Similar to CFSBK. Coach Rob was wearing a CFSBK skull and bones shirt on the day I visited, so you got to love that.

January 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris H

Crossfit Jogo, Bellingham WA

As an introvert, new social situations freak me out a little bit but CFSBKers will feel right at home here: very friendly and professionally run. Coach Brad knows what he's doing and took care to demonstrate all movements and explain how we should proceed. Class was organized in a familiar way:
* stretching and QOD ("favorite board or card game"). Conversational rather than perfunctory.
* longish warmup period consisting of bear crawls, crab walks, and similar movements
* Time to figure out what weight we were going to use for the WOD
* 20 minute metcon - 8 x {30s sled push 45/25, 30s rest, 30s slam ball 40/20, 60s rest}

It was fun to have sled pushes programmed in a WOD, and they have the space for it: it's a long rectangle divided into two sections with a strip of astroturf running the entire length. The gym is very well maintained and classes actually end with a short segment called "gym love" where you make sure equipment is put away and wiped off appropriately.

PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT they have an adorable gym dog, maybe a black lab?, who has his own blocked off area for when real work is happening but otherwise he goes around showering you with affection while warming up and cooling down.

A couple comments -
* might be a good idea to write to them before dropping in. It looks like they only want drop-ins certain days of the week, although I'm not sure if they would turn you down if you showed up? They have a gym coordinator who wrote back promptly
* I showed up 15 minutes early figuring there would be paperwork/hold harmless and then I'd do some warmups... too soon, the place was locked! Opened a few minutes before the posted start time and class actually started a little after the hour.

February 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdave p

CrossFit Sunset: Los Angeles, CA (Echo Park / Silver Lake border)

TL;DR - If you're in the area and looking for a WOD more than anything, I'd highly recommend.

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Traveling to see some family and found this affiliate was just a mile run from where I was staying in Silver Lake. Super clean box and a couple of great coaches in Cory & Lewis. The impression I got was programming is more focused on the MetCon then strength training, so come here prepared for a long workout.

Class structure was QOD-style introductions followed by a 400m run in the area. The warmup is where it got interesting — we split the class in two teams and played a version of "Hungry Hungry Hippos" using medicine balls. 1 person from each team faces each other and has to do 5 reps of X movement. Once complete, they run to the center, grab a ball, and then it's the next person from their team up. Whichever team collects the most wins. Best of three round format.

Maybe I'm just a CF n00b (only ~6 months into this), but I had never done anything like this before. It was a really fun way for a drop in like myself to meet some of the other members of the box.

WOD — 4 Rounds:
- 1 minute KB Swings
- 1 minute Rest
- 1 minute Slamballs
- 1 minute Rest
- 1 minute Push Press
- 1 minute Rest

Any breaks during non-rest periods resulted in a 3 burpee penalty during the rest period. I forget the Rx because I scaled, but the coaches were super attentive and made sure all movements were done smoothly, making necessary corrections (and scaling weight for some) along the way.

So yeah, clean box, great staff, serious MetCons. Definitely drop-in and say hello.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrendan

Crossfit Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA.

I dropped in on a Wednesday morning while on vacation in Palm Springs. It was easy to reserve a spot in the class and pay my $20 drop in fee.

The gym isn't huge, but had plenty of room for the ten or so people in the class I dropped into. We started with some familiar droms, during which we all introduced ourselves. I was one of a couple of drop ins, of which I gather they get a lot. Everyone was friendly and welcoming.

There was no strength or skill work; we just jumped right into the metcon (not sure if that's always the case), which was: 30-20-10 deadlifts, pullups, dumbbell thrusters, and pushups. The RX for the deadlifts was 225/155 and I don't remember for the db thrusters. There wasn't a lot of instruction or advice on how to approach the workout or scaling - just sort of a DIY warm up and 1-2-3 go.

If you are in Palm Springs and you just want a place to go sweat out the booze from your umbrella drinks and you don't need much attention to your movements, this is a perfectly fine place to do that. If you're looking for some more attentive coaching or a place to lift, you may want to look at another one of the local options.

April 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShawn

Addendum to Flagship CrossFit (now Flagship Athletic Performance) above:

These guys were incredibly welcoming and willing to work around my injury on a recent visit. I really appreciate that, because I imagine not every box has experienced enough coaching staff to modify a workout on the fly. I did email ahead of time to ask whether it would be too much trouble, and they assured me that not only do they have all the requisite specialty barbells for injured people (many boxes don't), they would be more than happy to help me scale as needed to accommodate an injury. They were as good as their word, even though I came in on a day when snatching and overhead squatting were programmed and I can't use my right wrist.

So I recommend this box even more strongly than before to those of you visiting San Francisco.

June 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStella

Crossfit Kilauea, Kauai, HI

If you're staying on the north shore of Kauai, this is a great little gym to drop into. Sam, the owner, was really nice and mentioned having worked out at CFSBK before, and that he follows Inside the Affiliate. Because he had received such gracious hospitality from the coaching staff at CFSBK, who also hadn't charged him a drop in fee, he waived it for me, as well.

The space is an old motorcycle garage, so it is a wide open garage bay in the front, overlooking a jungle in the back, through huge windows. It's small, but there were only four people in my class, so it felt plenty roomy. The class I dropped into was structured as mobility, a warm up, skill work, and a wod, and the focus was on good positions, and not going crazy. I liked it here and would highly recommend it.

June 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Crossfit Kauai, HI

I only dropped into this gym for OG hours while I waited to pick my sister up from the Lihue airport, which is only two miles away, so I don't know how a class would be, but the space is a decent size with good equipment. It is divided into two rooms: one wide open space/front desk area, and one with a big rig in the middle. The owner, Jerome, was very nice and just let me do whatever I want while I was there. I asked if he had open gym hours at any other time during the week, and he told me to just text him whenever since he was usually there in the middle of the day and I could probably just swing by whenever.

June 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

CrossFit Dana Point, Dana Point, CA

Very lovely little box that just opened in 2014. Zak Kepner, one of the owners and head coaches is a very warm and welcoming guy. He participated in the 2012 Latin American Regionals (championship team) and CrossFit games. His partner, John is a knowledgable guy, although doesn't seem to be as involved/knowledgable of CrossFit--more so the business side of running CFDP.

I didn't take any classes, but did witness the back end of some. Small classes, with lots of attention from Zak. Facility is just under a year young and has , for the most part, everything you could ever need to enjoy a workout away from home.

Open gym every day, except sundays (closed), but only runs for an hour and really doesn't have much of a following. I went to the OG for my programming and was often the only one there. So--I just lifted and chatted with Zak who was around to watch, hang out etc.

Lovely dog, Tugger, also on staff and wanders around the box.

I definitely recommend this spot--> very welcoming staff and the members all introduced themselves to me as they headed out after class. Beautiful part of the world. Definitely worth a visit and drive down PCH.

August 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTALL BROAD SQUAD

CrossFit 720, Denver, CO.

They charge $20 for a drop in and $50 for a week pass. Shirts are $25 and count as a drop in. Went to the 7am for two days. Clean box with a good set up; it's small but they make great use of the space. The philosophy is a bit different; each day they focus on different movements but not necessarily lifts (one day is gymnastics, another cardio, another push, another squats, etc.). I missed the intros and QOD but they start off with DROMs and METCONs. The loads for lifts didn't seem as structured as CFSB but they did post RXs. WODs were tough and there is a focus on form. Coach Jake was great; helped me scale where I needed and was on point with any tweaks to form. Members and coaches are very friendly and welcoming - good culture there. Highly recommend if you are in that part of Denver. Also, the shirts are pretty cool.

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNikhil B.

Crossfit Paradiso, Venice, CA
I had lots of fun at Crossfit Paradiso. The hour class just flew by! I scheduled class, signed waiver and paid $25 drop-in fee online before arriving. The staff and members were so friendly and helpful, as much as CFSBK! The coach was Lauren who was very friendly and motivating. She gave me a great scale for the rope climb, one which I plan to continue to practice. The fun, sunny atmosphere of Crossfit Paradiso reflects the fun and sunny atmosphere of Venice, CA! Recommended!
The were two warmups and a WOD:
Partner Conditioning
40 Power Snatch 75/45
2 Rope Climb
30 Power Snatch 95/65
4 Rope Climb
20 Power Snatch 115/75
6 Rope Climb
10 Power Snatch 135/95
8 Rope climbs
5 Power Snatch 155/115
10 Rope climbs
-21 Minute Cap-

November 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterColleen M

Flagship CrossFit "Upper Market", San Francisco, CA

Based on Stella's and my SF hosts' recommendations I dropped into Flagship's new "Upper Market" location. Very large space on the ground floor with floor to ceiling windows facing the street (fun fact: my hosts informed me that the location is the former site of a Blockbuster Video, so picture that with a bunch of Rogue racks). Lack of a front desk is a little confusing (exacerbated by curious passers-by wandering in to check it out) but they are brand new and I assume they'll sort it out.

Other than that, echo everything Stella said above, including relative priciness ($30 drop-in fee).

February 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan C

Crossfit Lahaina, Lahaina, Maui, HI

Me and Thaisa came here for three classes during our 8 days in Maui, and we really had a great time. Programming is available on their blog, schedule is flexible (both morning and late afternoon classes), box is well equipped and owners were really nice. You can see that a lot of their clientele is drop-ins, which is not surprising for Hawaii and they do a really good job collecting the $25 fee quickly and getting you started. Their programming can be similar to CFSBK'S, with a lift section followed by a wod section, but on one of the days they just a long WOD. Saturday is partner WOD day. Oh, it's also freaking warm and you'll sweat like crazy (or at least I did). Crossfit immediately followed by surfing isn't something I endorse.

Overall highly recommended and made us say "when we come back to Maui we're gonna stay close to this box".

May 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel R.

Crossfit Alinea, San Francisco, CA

Went to a 5:30pm group class. This gym is in the mission and was convenient via the BART. The people were very nice and welcoming, as were the 2 dogs and 1 turtle in the gym. The drop in policy was just drop in with $25 fee. They have open gym hours.

Format was a question of the day, general warmup, a focused warmup, strength portion (EMOM push press from the floor to a heavy double), and a WOD of 4 thrusters, 4 shoulder to overhead, 8 burpees x8 rounds at 95/65.

The coaching did seem interested in movement quality/consistency and generally appeared good.

Cons: Some elements (especially the warmup) were less organized than at CFSBK, weights were also comparatively disorganized, and they had less 2.5/5/10lb plates than they really needed for the barbell portion.

Summary:
Overall positive experience. Worth a look.

May 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve L.

Flagship Crossfit San Francisco Financial District

Worked out in a conditioning class here on June 20th.
I read about the gym on the sire and it was very close to my hotel so I stopped in.
They offer a few different crossfit versions; a performance class that is more like a CFSBK class with barbell work and a WOD. My schedule only worked for a conditioning class, which is designed to be a 45 minute WOD class with mobility work after if you have the time.

Gym feels a little corporate given that it is in the basement of a high rise, but that's a small complaint for an overall good experience. I was greeted immediately by the teacher who was expecting me as a drop-in. We worked through my injury requirements without any complaints- always a little nerve wracking.
The workout was challenging with plenty of scaling options. Overall a very good experience and a gym I'll definitely go back to.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCharlesS

San Francisco Crossfit.
I didn't workout here- instead I did a one on one mobility session with one of their staff PT's.
If you have the time and want to treat yourself, this is an excellent use of an hour.
My coach, Jon Ide_Don listened to my injury history, watched me do a number of movements and then worked me through a session of mobility work and massage. He then sent me a mobility worksheet directed at his diagnosis of my injuries.
The gym itself has a great vibe- it;s i the Presidio, so a bit of a hike from downtown. It's in an old army building and the front has incredible views. The class going on while I was there had great energy and what looked to be very attentive coaching.
I hope I can make it back and attend a class there.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCharlesS

Union Barbell/SOMA Crossfit
San Francisco, CA.
Third of 3 SF gym visits in SF.

This was the only gym I could find with classes on Sundays.
It's located right near the train station that is at 4th and Townsend.
Really friendly gym. Two coaches greeted me as soon as I arrived, gave me a tour and go me settled immediately. Gym is well organized and is separated into a lifting space and a crossfit space. The lifting space was busy when i was there
The class I took was one very long (26 minute) WOD with element specific warmups.
The format has each attendee introduce themselves to everyone else- a nice touch that replaced the circle/QOD format.
I didn't love the workout itself, but this a a friendly, well organized gym and a good drop in spot if you're in the area or can get there on a Sunday when no other gym in SF runs classes.

Everywhere I went coached commented on how well I'd been trained in various movements- kudos to the CFSBK staff for sure!

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCharlesS