Michael and I are falling hard for a certain city in Northern California. Every time we find ourselves in the city we marvel at its hills, scenery and nice people. We love its proximity to the ocean, great wine and great skiing. Now, we have another reason to like (who am I kidding – LOVE) San Fran, we found a great CrossFit box to drop-in to when visiting!
You would think that all the hills we walked up and down would count as workouts for us. Truth – they probably would have if weren’t for the fact that Mike and I like to eat (a lot) while on vacation. So, a few too many lattes, platters of cheese and a few glasses of wine later, we found ourselves at the doorstep of Arena Ready CrossFit.
If you’ve dropped in, you know the feeling before walking in; you get a little nervous. Will the people be nice? Will the coaching be up to par (especially when you love your own gym so much!)? Will the workout be a nice mix of butt-kicking and I-can-do-this movements? Luckily, the answer to all three of these questions for Arena Ready CrossFit was “yes.” Here’s the full review:
Drop fees are $30 per person per wod. While it’s not the highest, it’s certainly not the best we’ve paid.Prices are posted here; check before you go as prices are subject to change over the course of months and years. Quality coaching and facilities are not cheap. I can’t fault Arena Ready for charging what they feel they’re worth.
Depth of Knowledge and Quality of Coaching: A+
Absolutely no quips with the coaching. The class was a mixture of old and young, experienced and kind-of beginners and the coach scaffolded movements and made modifications as needed for each athlete. Our coach, Rob, explained the reason and purpose for a lot of the warm-up movements (Education is key if you want to stay safe in CrossFit.) and gave me some great tips for my double-unders. Who else hates those? Jumping rope is supposed to be easy! Rob is one of the head coaches, and if he leads by example, I’m sure the rest of the staff is stellar as well!
Intensity of the WOD: A+
Every 90 Seconds for 6 Rounds:
2 Front Squat (at a “moderately heavy” weight)
50 Wall Ball @ 20/14 lbs to 10/9 ft
Oh wall balls! How I hate thee. Heaving a 14 pound ball nine feet into the air and catching it, with a tad bit of grace, is just so frustratingly difficult! But, I still loved the wod. Walking up and down those stupid hills in San Francisco afterwards? No so much!
Appearance and Function of the Facility: A+
Real estate in San Fran comes at a premium, so I am impressed with how much space Arena Ready CrossFit has. True to form in San Fran, their property goes up, as in, there are two stories. The bottom floor is the work out area, which is well equipped and clean. The upstairs is home to their offices and a really great locker room (minus the gym sock smell) and a cool hang out area.
If I’m honest, Mike and I originally wanted to drop in at a different, very large and well-known CrossFit gym in the area. But, ultimately, we did not want to drive from San Fran to San José for a workout. I am so happy with our choice to stay in the city limits. Arena Ready CrossFit seems like a really great community of people who love to workout and have fun. I’d absolutely recommend joining this box if you live in San Francisco and definitely suggest you drop-in when you are in the area for work or fun!
Psst! By the way – they did not have any shirts available for purchase when we dropped in. So when you make it in, pick me up an Arena Ready CrossFit shirt, size XS. I’ll pay you back in Twitter mentions and brownies. Paleo brownies of course! 😉