A Guide to Choosing a CrossFit Gym (By Someone Who Doesn’t Own One)
Crossfit is a popular fitness trend that was started in San Francisco in 2004. Since then it has spread around the world and now there are over 300 gyms worldwide. There are many different types of CrossFit workouts, but most include weightlifting, calisthenics, gymnastics and other forms of physical activity.
The idea behind CrossFit is to get fit while doing something fun and social with others. Some people have even gone so far as to say that it’s like a cult! I personally don’t see how this could be true since I’ve never been involved in any sort of religious or spiritual practice. However, if you’re looking for some ideas on what kind of gym to start your first workout at, here are my thoughts:
1. CrossFit Westside – This is probably one of the best gyms in SF.
They offer a wide variety of classes and programs to suit all levels. You’ll find everything from the very basic “get up and go” class to advanced group classes where you can work out with other people who are interested in the same things as yourself. They have top of the line equipment that has been tested by the best. There are professionals who train here on a regular basis so you know that it’s a quality facility. Westside is definitely a great place to start if you want to get into crossfit.
2. BFX Crossfit – Another great gym in the area offering similar programs and classes to Westside.
Most people who sign up here are serious about their workouts and the coaches are excellent. The facilities are kept in top notch shape and it’s affordable to join. You won’t get as much attention as you would at Westside, but if you’re serious about getting in shape then that shouldn’t matter to you.
3. Crossfit South Park – This gym is a bit smaller and newer than the others, but it’s growing in popularity.
It has a friendly atmosphere with coaches who genuinely seem to care about your well being. The equipment isn’t quite as nice as Westside or BFX, but it still gets the job done. They also offer a wide range of classes and you can find one that works for your schedule and skill level.
4. Crossfit 916 – If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper than the other gyms I’ve mentioned, then this might be right up your ally.
It’s not in the best part of town, but the people here are very friendly and helpful. Coaches are good and classes are actually pretty fun. You probably won’t get quite as much attention as you would at the other gyms, but you also won’t be dropping as much money either.
There are other Crossfit gyms in the area, but these are just some of the most popular ones. If you don’t want to join one of these, you can always just look for The Bar Method classes since those are technically also a form of crossfit. It really just depends on your budget, goals and what’s available in your area. You might even want to consider crossfit online. There are many sites that have great information for free.
Just do some research and find what’s right for you!
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‘We’re In This Together:’neoliberalism and the disruption of the coach/athlete hierarchy in CrossFit by L Heywood – Sports Coaching Review, 2016 – Taylor & Francis
‘Strange Borrowing’: Affective Neuroscience, Neoliberalism and the ‘Cruelly Optimistic’Gendered Bodies of CrossFit by L Heywood – Twenty-first century feminism, 2015 – Springer