When I begin speech therapy with a kiddo I start by taking baseline data. Baselines are crucial to comparing where a client starts and where they end up; they help to quantify the rate and scope of progress. So, if I’m writing reviews of other CrossFit gyms, I think it would be helpful for you to know what my baseline is. What my “normal” is. What my expectations are. (And believe me, they are high!)
So, here you are – Gardens CrossFit, our baseline, our homebox. This post is a cross between drop-in information for you, the reader, and my thoughts and opinions on each area I consider when writing reviews of other gyms.
$20 for one class or the purchase of a Gardens CrossFit shirt is well worth your money! Plus, if you are in town longer than one day, they’ll drop the fee to $10 per class. Another awesome perk for you CrossFit box owners: your drop-in fees are completely waived! Talk about community! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to let them know when you are coming!
Depth of Knowledge and Quality of Coaching: A+
As their Instagram profile boasts Gardens CrossFit owners and coaches are “certified, educated and experienced.” I can’t stress the importance to certification, training, knowledge and experience when it comes to CrossFit. It is one of those non-negotiable features of any gym we work out at, and I am sure you are no different. One of our gym rules is “Our workouts are tough. The weight is heavy. If you need to pull back, or aren’t comfortable, tell the coach, and do so. This is being smart, not weak.” They’ll push you to your limits, but never passed them. Isn’t that what all good coaches do?
Intensity of the WOD: A+
The programming is varied and smart. I do not say this as someone who understands programming (but you know my curious-self asks about the rationale of certain cycles or workouts every once in a while). Instead, I say this because the coaches are (as I said above) “certified, educated and experienced.” They’re trainers, nurses and athletes who understand the body and fitness. Mobility, cardio, Olympic Lifting, strength, gymnastics, speed and agility – they always mix it up!
Appearance and Function of the Facility: A+
Bring a towel because there is no air conditioner. This probably does not surprise you though. Just know that it is South Florida and it is hot 99.9% of the time. There is plenty of room to stretch, lift and even shower and change, if you need to. But you know you will just head to the beach after you drop-in anyway – so who cares!
One of my favorite things that GCF coaches do at the beginning of class is point out any new athletes or those that are dropping in. I, personally, love this because it is a way to make that person feel welcomed. And you will be. Come see for yourself!