A Note From Coach David About 608
As anyone who has been training with us for a while knows, we have long been on the hunt for—and in need of—more space. While many businesses look to expand into other markets in order to attract new clientele, 100% of the motivation behind increasing CFSBK’s footprint is to better serve you, our current population. I’ve learned a lot about Brooklyn real estate over the last few years, and the market in Gowanus in particular. Finding a space that accommodates the needs of a CrossFit gym is rare, to say the least, making the fact that I found it right across the street from 597 pretty incredible. On that note, I want to give a huge shout-out to Todd C. (T-Bone!) who found the original listing for 608 and pushed me to look into it.
I taught last Sunday and we had a pretty large class come in for “Barbara” to close out Crush Week. During the weekends, we usually have to really tightly manage how people will organize themselves to execute the workout. But this Sunday, we simply split the class up between 597 and 608. When my portion of the class was about to start, I started assigning people to stations but then stopped and realized I didn’t have to. I just said, “Okay guys, go wherever you want!” This was the first time I really felt like the new space was at work and in essence is why we wanted to expand. It all comes down to whether this will make a better experience for our members and increase our coaches’ abilities to do their jobs well. The answer to both is an obvious yes.
While tomorrow is cause for celebration there is still much work ahead! Answering the question of what’s the best way to make this work for everyone will take some time and experimentation. This is going to be a learning process for all of us. We appreciate your patience, and I hope you feel entirely confident that all of our decisions are informed by the desire to make your experience at CFSBK the best it can possibly be.
How 608 Will Work
Starting this Monday, April 6th our 608 expansion will be fully open and operational. Initially, think of 608 like a much larger annex where specific programs, personal training, and group classes will take place there on a case-by-case basis. All members will continue to check in at 597 to sign in for all programs. Particular programs, such as our Olympic Lifting Program (sign up here!) and Strength Cycle, will happen there permanently and over time, we will expand into additional and new classes.
We’ll be celebrating our expansion TOMORROW with a two-gym WOD and informal open house from 2-3pm. Come have a beer and check out the new digs!
There are two showers in each of the locker rooms. The gym will provide soap, shampoo, and conditioner, as well as towels. We also have hair dryers and mirrors available for your convenience. We ask that you please keep your showers to five minutes or less to accommodate for others who are trying to get in, shower and get to work. You can use the handy timers inside the showers to keep you on track for a new shower PR.
If the Front Desk tells you to head over to 608 after you check in, you can bring your stuff over with you as we have plenty of storage space outside the bathrooms and inside the locker rooms for bags, coats, or anything else you’ve got.
Expanded Friday Open Gym
Starting on Friday the 10th, OG will take place in both locations to spread out the evening rush. Again, all members will check in at 597 and then choose which gym they’d like to train at based on equipment/space available. The OG coaches may also choose to distribute athletes between each gym based on what’s going on.
Saturday Open Gym
Starting on Saturday, May 16th, we will be having OG available Saturdays from 2-4pm. If you come after 2:15pm, you can come straight to 608 and check in with the OG coach.
CFSBK will now be able to be open during events where we used to have to close down (such as the Starting Strength seminar). Please stay tuned to the blog before each event to see where we’ll be meeting and where you’ll check in. Thanks!
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