We all know crossfit is great, and so is Greg Glassman, blessed be his name, but how do we know if our own gym is any good? This is a more complicated question than it initially sounds. There are a lot of different types of boxes, with a huge diversity of coaches, and programming. This article is going to give you some key tips to picking your crossfit gym.
Statistically speaking most gyms are going to be average. That isn’t to say that they aren’t good. I’d argue that an average crossfit gym is far and away better than the best 24 hour fitness! There are also going to be gyms that are way above average, and gyms that are downright terrible. After having participated, competed, and coached in crossfit for over 10 years, I’ve seen a good amount of all of the above.
THE FIRST THING:
you need to look for when contemplating joining a gym is the gym’s overall focus. Some are competitively oriented and produce great athletes. These are going to be great places if you have competition in your future, but if you are there for the community, this isn’t the place for you.
- If a gym advertises their competition teams, or if they state that is their aim, I encourage you to see how they treat their less fit gym members. I’ve dropped into gyms where I say hi, and introduce myself, only to be met with weird stares. Oddly enough, no one started talking to me until I beat their times. Honestly, this really pissed me off. Crossfit is not about being better than other people, it’s about helping others as you help yourself.
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