Your gym doesn’t need to look like the Taj Mahal but it better be cleaned daily, organized, and well kept. Aside from protecting you from bacteria, a clean gym is often indicative of a well managed business. Practices and routines are put in place and executed daily to provide a consistent service to the clientele. The organization of the gym allows for classes and experiences to flow properly. The old school CrossFit warehouse with holes in the wall and no paint may have been a novelty in the early 2000’s, but that is long since gone.
2) Coaches Descriptions Match their Experience.
Businesses need to sell to make money, but make sure they aren’t selling you lies. Coaching CrossFit for 18 months does not make you an “expert”, and that term is insulting to coaches who have actually spent over a decade coaching full time. Whether you are seeking a CrossFit gym or a regular globo gym, there are an overwhelming amount of coaches who will be sporting a weekend certification like a badge of honor. While everyone has to start somewhere, be weary of facilities that will put ANYONE with a weekend certification on their coaching staff. Look for a gym who has proven themselves by providing sustainable change within their community, and maintains a rigorous process for becoming a coach at their facility. Your coach should not look like they need a personal trainer, they should exemplify all of the qualities you wish to attain. A strong background in gymnastics and weightlifting provide the best understanding of biomechanics, injury prevention, joint strengthening, and mobility.
3) Optimal Class Schedule.
Hours of operation shouldn’t force you into only being able to work out twice a week because your schedule doesn’t work with your gym’s schedule. Gyms should be accommodating to ensure that everyone is able to get their workouts in when they want. CrossFit gyms should provide a variety of class times from early morning to late in the evening and offer open gym time slots as well. Why pay for a premium product with less than premium hours?
4) Multiple Programs to Fit Your Needs.
I wholeheartedly believe in CrossFit’s methodologies, but there should be more than just class options available to you. One size does not fit all and it is important to seek a gym that is multifaceted. Seminars are provided often, extra programming is available to focus on specific areas of your fitness, and the coaching staff has the knowledge to fulfill those needs. While bringing in outside sources to improve the experience for members is noble, it is much more comforting for members to know that they are ALREADY in the best of hands at their facility. Gym’s that keep everything in house are confident in their programming, nutrition, gymnastics, weightlifting, and CrossFit coaching.