Wednesday, April 24, 2013

LaLanne Fitness

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Last week I was in the city for a customer onsite.  Before heading back to the South Bay, I decided to stop by LaLanne Fitness, which was the closest CrossFit gym to where I was at.  I've been meaning to stop here a few times in the past, but plans fell through.  However, I do remember what was common across all visit attempts: they were all deadlift days!

I came in for a class last Thursday with Scott.  This is what we class did:
  • Warm-up: 3 rounds: 15 air squats, 8 cartwheels, 5 bridges.  Deadlift review.
  • Strength: Deadlift: 5x3
  • 3 rounds for time:
    • 20 Deadlifts 185#/115#
    • 20 Pull Ups
    • 20 Wall Ball Shots 20#/14# to 10'/9' target

Some things I really liked here:
  • Large, beautiful facility.  There are high ceilings and lots of skylights.  I think it is approximately 10,000sqft... which is large for a CrossFit gym, but HUGEEE for being located in the city.  Plenty of usable space.  There's even a set of large garage doors that open up to a back alley for running.  The only caveat here is the neighborhood can get a little sketchy.  You have to ring a doorbell to get in.
  • Loaded with a variety of equipment.  In addition to the typical set of CrossFit equipment, they also have: tires, reverse hypers, large mats, sleds, and even plates down to 0.25#.  Equipment is well organized.
  • Timely classes.  Classes start and end on time.  I also like how the class did the strength component of the workout together.  Scott also gave everyone some helpful suggestions during the class.
  • Great community.  Everyone treated me like one of the group. 
  • Monthly programming available in advance... and also easy access to previous months programming.
  • X's on the floor.  Great for ensuring safety in a crowded classes.
  • Paleo foods for sale, and StrongTable pickup location.
  • Clean bathrooms.

Some things that could use improvement:
  • $25 drop in fee.  No, you cannot waive the fee with a shirt or by purchasing a shirt.
  • No dropping weights... at least not until they fix the walls and/or floors to be more sound proof.
  • No water fountain.

Some pictures:
2. View of front.

3. View of opposite end.

4. Racks and benches.

5. PRs board & dumbbells.

6. Cubbies, mobility, food.

7. More. 

8. Pull up bars down the left side of the gym.

9. Skylight and rowers.

10. Rings.

11. WOD board.

Great gym, great vibe.  Check it out sometime.

Nearby Gyms: CrossFit SOMA/United Barbell | CrossFit Golden Gate | Arena Ready CrossFit (other side)


  1. Can't drop the weights?! Does that mean they can never do heavy snatches, presses, or jerks?

    Great post, Jes!

    1. thanks!!

      well, they have jerk boxes. heavy __ would be tough with the current rules. hopefully that changes soon.