Please post your experiences/recommendations training at gyms in this region. Please post with the gym name, city and state as your post title. For example:
"CrossFit South Brooklyn, NY, NY"
In Maine, I've had great experiences at Crossfit Beacon (Portland) and CrossFit KGB (Kennebunk). I've also heard good things about CrossFit Casco Bay and believe some CFSBK folks have been there and liked it. At Beacon, one of the coaches in Annie Michal, who was silver medalist in the CrossFit Games in 2012 in the Masters Women category, I think age 54-59 bracket.
Crossfit Beacon, Portland Maine.Crossfit KGB, Kennebunk, Maine.
See previous post. Doing this as a I blew it with starting with the titles.
In Maine, I've had great experiences at Crossfit Beacon (Portland) and CrossFit KGB (Kennebunk). I've also heard good things about CrossFit Casco Bay and believe some CFSBK folks have been there and liked it. At Beacon, one of the coaches in Annie Michal, who was silver medalist in the CrossFit Games in 2012 in the Masters Women category, I think age 54-59 bracket
CrossFit New Haven, New Haven CT
Very nice and personable owners (Carla and Brian). Lifting portion of workouts move quickly (little to no warm up).
Crossfit Full Potential, Newburyport, MA
This is the gym that Dan R and I frequent when we are visiting my folks. The owner is Danny Vee and he has always been accommodating for us (including coach Melissa Bonsor Gagnon who we typically contact when we are in town to lift with!). We have never taken a group class as we mainly drop in to do our own thing, but they tend to do a lot of endurance related WODs (ie: I hope you like long chippers).
Crossfit Live Fast, Avon By the Sea, NJ
This box has a very strange vibe, its kind of intense. The space is nice enough, but the people and the coaches are very Jersey Shore (Sorry Jersey Shore folks, I don't know how else to describe it). The coaches will yell at you if you don't get something right on the first try, and don't care much about correcting poor movement. THey seemingly just want you to go as hard as possible at all costs. But if you just want to get a WOD in while you are at the beach, this box will do, although I think there are better boxes in the area if you are willing to drive a few extra miles.
Reebok Crossfit Back Bay, Boston MA
This box is very small, but they have a full locker room with showers and everything! They also cap their classes at 8 or so, so it doesn't matter that the space is small and has a strange layout. They structure their classes very differently than SBK--they basically do a warm up and then 2-3 different WODs. As far as I can tell, no lifting. THey also incorporate a lot of movements we don't typically see in warm ups, like ring dips and ring push ups, even for people who can't do a real push up, like me. They were nice enough but I am not sure I would go back here if I could go to a different box in Boston.
Pioneer Valley CrossFit, Northampton & Hadley, MA
I'm a former CFSBK athlete, relocated to Hadley, MA in 2013, and this is where I work out now. PVCF is an excellent gym. The coaching staff is very knowledgable and they have incredibly high standards for movement quality. Even if you're just dropping in, you'll probably learn something new! The workouts vary, so I would recommend checking their blog for the WOD.
They have 2 locations, Northampton and Hadley. Both locations have showers. Be sure to bring your own water bottle, there are water coolers, but you'll need your own bottle. The Northampton location is new in 2013 and fully outfitted with Rogue racks, bars, plates, etc. There is even a separate olympic lifting room if you can't get enough barbell.
Next time you find yourself in the Pioneer Valley/5-college area/Western MA, you should definitely drop in!
CrossFit Speakeasy, Belmar, NJ
I'm also a former CFSBK athlete and I've started working out here now that I live at the Jersey Shore. It's the best CrossFit place I've found down the Jersey Shore (I totally agree with JJ's assessment of LiveFast). The coaches care about quality over quantity. I'm not sure I love how they spot squats (just from behind, and they have people bail the bar behind them), but so far that's my only issue. Classes are structured with a very short warm-up and then some sort of strength and a shorter WOD or just a longer WOD. They use their small space well, but make sure to e-mail the owner before you drop in so there is space for you. AND ... they have a 5:30 a.m. class!!!
Coyote Crossfit in Madison, MS
This is where Allan and I work out when visiting my family in Mississippi. They were very accommodating when I wanted to just use their facility to do my strength work, but I have also enjoyed doing group classes there. Their programming is similar to ours: warm-up, a lift, then a shorter WOD. Quality coaching and the friendly vibe you'd expect from a gym in Mississippi. :)
Crossfit Cape Ann, Gloucester, MA
Visited this box a couple of times when visiting family and had great experiences. The programming seems to be more focused on conditioning with not as much time devoted to specific lifts as at CFSBK. Overall, very friendly coaches and membership and I highly recommend it if you're in the area.
CrossFit Lewes - Lewes, DE
I spent almost 2 weeks at CF Lewes when I was staying in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Although there is a closer box (CrossFit Rehoboth), they require a 1-week minimum during the summer months, which was a turn-off. I decided to check out CF Lewes and I'm glad I did.
Pretty minimal box. No ergs or benches and the moisture in the air seems to have done quick damage to the barbells, but I still really like this place. Everyone was very friendly. It was hit or miss with coaching - some days I got great tips and other days was left on my own, but the coaches who helped me all seemed knowledgable.
Also, they worked out a deal for me to be there for 2 weeks, so that was nice. Recommended if you're in the area.
Can someone please move my post for Coyote Crossfit to the South East? :)
Reebok CrossFit, Back Bay, Boston, MAClasses are held at the Back Bay II facility$20 for the day / $25 for the day and a t-shirt
The coach was very good and began with a warm up that was specific to the WOD.The layout is very odd (several alcoves attached to the smallish main floor), but it didn't take long getting used to.
That day's WOD:
Pre WOD:1 min AMRAP of: Push Ups
WOD L1: Goode Times!:For time:50 Double Unders or 35 Kick Outs40 Russian Kettlebell Swings (24/16)30 Hang Power Clean20 Box Jumps (24/20)10 Pull Ups or Ring Rows60 Burpees
WOD L2: BADe Times!:For time:100 Double Unders40 Russian Kettlebell Swings (32/24)30 Hang Power Clean (135/95)20 Over the Box Jump (24/20)10 Chest to Bar Pullups60 Over the Bar Burpees
Needless to say, I chose to do "Goode Times" and not "BADe Times" with the HPC at #115. The 60 burpees at the end was like doing a second WOD! I didn't shame myself (and/or CFSB), but they won't be singing songs about me anytime soon either.
There's no place like home.
CrossFit Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA
This is, unfortunately, not a recommendation. Although the people at this box were super nice, I found the programming to be poorly thought out. This is a gym that seems to program very long metcons a lot, which may not be bad if you're dropping in only once or twice. But, my experience just didn't make any sense in a lot of ways.
The WOD wasn't well thought out at all. It was a partner WOD, the first part of which was an odd number of rounds with an odd number of movements per round. (Uh...how do two partners divide the work evenly?) The third part was an AMRAP...in which the first and last movements were the same! (So if you finished a round, you got to follow 30 cleans with...30 more cleans!) And the WOD as a whole required 2 weight changes even if you and your partner were lifting the same weight, which we most decidedly were not since the pairings weren't really assigned based on matching bar weights.
Furthermore, the coaches clearly hadn't planned for what happens when there's an odd number of people in the class and therefore one person doesn't have a partner. They solved that problem on the fly, but not in a way that made any sense. (You would think that, since statistically speaking, 50% of the time your class will have an odd number of students, someone would have thought of this ahead of time.)
WOD here at your own risk. I'm an experienced CrossFitter and I still found it hard to get in a good workout there. They do have open gym a couple of times a week, though, and it's not a bad place to do your own thing -- good sized box with plenty of equipment, including lots of tires if you feel like you're missing out flipping them at SBK!
Collar City Crossfit, Troy, NY
I happened to drop in ($15, she had "never heard of doing a tshirt instead of the fee" which I found very weird since I'm a new-ish crossfitter and I'd heard of it a bunch of times.) on a Friday which was a partner WOD day with no strength component first.
It was a big gym and the owner was really welcoming. Can't comment on the other gym members because I went to a midday class so it was literally one other visiting girl and me.
When I looked through their programming it felt closer to CFSBK than other gyms in the area. They seemed to program a basic warmup, skill/strength move, some kind of WOD/cash out each day. I liked that every day they didn't program a KILLER workout. Seems like a solid gym- I'd go back next time I visit the area.
CrossFit Rising Fire, Bensalem, PA
I have no idea why anyone would want to visit Bensalem, PA unless you have family there. But if you happen to be in the Armpit of Bucks County (hey, I can say it because I grew up there), this is a very solid new box (4 months old) that I'm glad is around and will be my home away from home when I'm visiting my family.
As with SBK, the programming is divided to include a strength component and a conditioning component, which is great. The coaching is not as systematic as we get at SBK but the owner (I don't know whether he's the only coach, he might be) is definitely paying attention to each athlete and giving pointers. He also noted that a) the strength/conditioning split is intentional, because otherwise CF for beginners is just expensive cardio, and b) he doesn't teach people to do snazzy CF moves until they know the basics (eg, strict pullups before kipping pullups). Sounds a lot like some SBK coaches I know and I appreciated that very much.
I hope this box does well, because after trying it out, I will not be happy if it closes and I have to go back to makeshift WODs at LA Fitness when I see my family!
Crossfit Southie, Boston, MA
Great space in an industrial part of town. Parking out front. If I remember correctly the drop-in fee was $20 and a shirt was separately $25. They had some really cool designs if you're an Irishmen like myself but unfortunately they were sold out of the shirt with the big Shamrock on the front.
There was a short warm up with a partner so I was glad that I arrived early for some DROMs and foam rolling. The class was set up much like CFSBK with a strength focus and then a WOD on the back end. The class size was kind of large but there was plenty of space and the coaching was excellent. The members all seemed cool and were very welcoming. Would definitely go back and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Boston.
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