“We don’t like walking from machine to machine and spending a lot of time on a treadmill. We want to watch people grow and do things more than they thought they were capable of doing. This is our biggest win. Now our clients do things they never even imagined they could do.”
Once you have narrowed down the (official) affiliates you want to try, take the time to visit. Talk with the trainers, talk with the members. Spend time observing a morning class and an afternoon class. By just being in the space you’ll learn a lot about class structure and trainers’ personalities.
Although the fundamentals of CrossFit are the same wherever one goes, it’s safe to say no two boxes look the same. What matters most is that you feel comfortable in the space. Is it clean? Is the equipment easily accessed? Is there room to move around in? Decide for yourself if it’s the environment for you. Trust your gut!
At most big box gyms there is no need or desire to get to know the people next to you. They’re probably too busy watching TV or reading US magazine. CrossFit, on the other hand, is one hundred percent all about the people you “throw down with” every day. As CrossFit increasingly becomes a bigger part of your life.