CFSBK is located in the heart of Gowanus on Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th avenue. We have a total of 11,200 square-feet of training space split between three spaces. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness and organization of our facility. We also have a staffed front desk, showers with free towel service, a reception area for you or your kids to hang out in, a purified water cooler, espresso machine, and more equipment than you could ever want to use.
We are Brooklyn’s first CrossFit affiliate, and an internationally consulted gym for our progressive and professional business practices. CFSBK had humble beginnings starting outside in a playground in Carroll Gardens back in 2007, but each year, we continue to grow organically, maintaining our status as the largest affiliate in the borough and one of the most well established in New York City. We pride ourselves on our professional coaching, exceptional facilities, and above all—our fun, inclusive, and supportive training environment. Don’t believe us? Check our Yelp reviews.
CFSBK’s mission is to provide a safe, effective and inclusive training environment for all our members. We pride ourselves on our top-notch coaching, intelligent programming, and professional yet relaxed atmosphere. Everyone from folks exercising for the first time to competitive athletes will feel appropriately challenged and motivated. At CFSBK, you are accepted for who you are, then immediately challenged to get better.
Statement of Inclusion and Anti-Oppression
CrossFit South Brooklyn recognizes the dignity and worth of every person and is committed to creating an environment that is safe, accessible, inclusive, and respectful of all members and visitors. To create this important space for our community, we do not tolerate oppression on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic status, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, religion, ability, or age.
CFSBK started in November of 2007 in a small park below a subway line. After three months, we developed a small crew of five to eight people who trained together on the weekends. A fast-approaching winter forced us to find a space we could rent by the hour so we could continue teaching classes and growing the business. We ended up at The Brooklyn Lyceum, an old bathhouse, where we slowly went from two classes per week and about 10 members to classes five days per week and about 50+ consistent members. Many from that crew are still with us. We learned plenty of lessons through a trial-and-error approach as we found our voice as a gym and community.
A little over a year later, we moved into our current facility just a few blocks down the street, on 597 Degraw Street. We schlepped our equipment over and have been steadily building our program ever since. In 2014, we leased a 1,200 square foot annex space above us for yoga, Pilates, and Active Recovery classes, and in 2015, we expanded into a second location across the street, at 608 Degraw Street, which gave us an additional 5,000 square feet to accommodate our growing membership and array of class options.
Our gym also serves as a model for CrossFit affiliates worldwide, and we regularly mentor hundreds of readers each day around the world via Coach David’s popular blog, Inside the Affiliate.
CFSBK is the largest CrossFit facility in Brooklyn and one of the most well-equipped gyms in the city. We have a total of 11,200 square feet split between three rooms. We also have 4 showers complete with towel service, hair dryers, soap, and other essentials, as well as 5 bathrooms total. On top if it all, we’re also neat freaks and pride ourselves on the cleanliness and organization of our facilities. Below is a description of each facility as well as a full equipment list.
597 Degraw is our main room where members can check in and get started. Most classes will start in this facility unless otherwise noted. It’s about 5,000 square feet and known for our giant skull and crossbones logo on the roll-up gate.
- Staffed front desk
- Reception area with couches, free wifi, kids book/toys, fitness library
- Kitchenette with a sink, microwave, cutlery, Nespresso machine, 2 fridges that usually have free beer in them
- Two gender-neutral bathrooms
- Permanent Olympic lifting shoe and belt storage
- 25′ high ceilings
- 180″ Movie screen and projector for movie nights and events
- Outdoor bike storage
- 14′ Big Ass Fan for climate control
This building is located directly across the street from 597 and is used for special programs as well as additional space for higher-traffic classes. We expanded across the street so that our members would never feel like they didn’t have all the room and equipment they need.
- Men’s and women’s changing rooms with 2 showers each complete with complimentary towel service, shampoo, conditioner, soap, hair driers, mirrors and clothing storage.
- Two gender-neutral bathrooms
- Water fountain with purifier
- Permanent storage for Olympic lifting shoes and belts
- Large roll up gate and skylights for ample natural light
- 16′ high ceilings
- 5 Olympic lifting platforms
- 14′ Big Ass Fan for climate control
This room is located upstairs above 597. This 1,200 square foot room is used for active recovery classes, Kids Club, Pilates, yoga, and chiropractic care.
- Quiet space for more focused small group classes
- One bathroom
- Fully outfitted with the best mobility and recovery equipment
- Ample space and equipment for personal training
- Outdoor patio area (for when the weather is nice and we can take groups outside for class!)
Full Equipment List
STRENGTH TRAINING EQUIPMENT:
73 barbells from (15lb, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg)
Speciality bars (Safety, Football, Trap, EZ Curl)
30 Squat rack stations
2 power cages
6 Olympic lifting platforms
Several tons of competition bumper plates in both pounds and kilos
Ample metal change plates, including fractionals
Rogue Jerk and pulling blocks
2 glute-ham developers
1 reverse-hyper machine
Chains and bands for accommodating resistance
CONDITIONING AND ASSISTANCE EQUIPMENT:
22 Concept2 rowing machines
80 kettlebells from 8kg to 40kg
250 dumbbells from 3lbs to 100lbs
75 Dynamax medicine balls ranging from 6 to 30lbs
53 plyometic boxes ranging from 6″ to 30″
Lots of jump ropes
10 Slam Balls
5 weighted vests
3 Assault Bikes
Over 300 feet of pull-up bar real estate
6 high ring stations
28 low ring stations
2 Matador dip bars
8 panel mats + 9’dx16′ wrestling mat
8 pairs of parallettes
10 Go Mats
Various assistance jump stretch
9′ balance beam
6 climbing ropes
STRONG MAN/WOMAN EQUIPMENT
1 300lb big ass tire
Loadable Farmers Carry handles + 2 jerry cans
80lb D Ball
Several hundred pounds of sandbags
2 dog sleds, 2 E-Sleds, and a Prowler
2 axle bars
Tons of foam rollers, alpha balls, lax balls, voodoo bands, Orbs, abmats, yoga blankets, Therabands, Theracanes, and much more
4 Crossover Symmetry stations