Even a quick weekend away can wreak havoc on my diet and exercise routine. I am not fanatical, but I like eating a certain way and maintaining an active lifestyle because I feel better when I do. I sleep better. I have more energy. My skin is brighter. I’ll stop; you get it. And, if you’re reading this post, I’m likely preaching to the choir!
We spent this 4th of July with friends and family in St. Petersburg, Florida. We ate, drank, swam and laughed. Finley and I also worked up quite the sweat at CrossFit 9. He laid there, I did muscle ups and snatches and loved the whole vibe of the gym!
$15 dollars gets you a class here. Phenomenal value!
Depth of Knowledge and Quality of Coaching: A+
I, personally, love when a chick (ahem! lady) kicks ass as a coach. That was the case during the class at CrossFit 9. Despite being sore she walked us through a warm up, barbell movement specifics , technical movement requirements and modifications for a very varied class. Not many coaches can coach a muscle up or snatch, well. She did.
Intensity of the WOD: A+
I am not sure if it was the noon time July heat, but holy heck! CrossFit 9’s WOD kicked. my. butt. In the best possible way. I totally went for it and did RX … 3 rounds in I questioned my choice. But, I appreciated the weight and the toughness of the workout – especially as I downed my fair share of margaritas and chips later that weekend!
10 Minute EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute):
ODD: 5 Muscle-up (2:1 Dips)
EVEN: 20 Pistols (10/10)
12 Minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible):
30 Double Unders
5 Squat Snatch
Appearance and Function of the Facility: A+
As with most CrossFit gyms, from the outside they are nothing special. CrossFit 9 has a large sign outside, so you know you’re in the right place, but the real magic is inside. Lots of rigs, open space, and “toys” for everyone. There were over a dozen people in the class I attended, but we all seemed to have plenty of space. CrossFit 9 and their community take care of their space and equipment and it shows.
Overall Impressions: A+
Clearly with perfect scores across the board, you can tell that I am a fan of CrossFit 9. I think my favorite aspects of this gym are 1.) they are dog friendly and loved on Finley! and 2.) they are close to family, so returning for another workout in the future is a good possibility. I also recommended the gym to a fellow Gardens CrossFit member who will be in St. Pete for work. Not that I am the end-all-be-all for recommendations, but if you feel strongly enough to recommend a box, you must be impressed. And I am!