Thursday, October 31, 2013

CrossFit Nordeast

CrossFit Nordeast

While searching for CrossFit gyms in Minneapolis and emailing owners, I noticed that a bunch of them were owned by the same people.  There are 4 chains I can think of to-date in the greater Minneapolis area.  My plan was to prioritize visits to the independent gyms.

I was debating between visiting CrossFit Nordeast and another gym so I sent an email to both gyms.  Logan's response was enthusiastic and welcoming, while the other gym responded with multiple emails requesting a payment to reserve a spot.  This made my decision easy!

I did the 6am class on Friday with Logan, the owner.  I didn't quite do the same workout, but this is what the rest of the class did:
  • Warm-up: leg swings, shoulder passes, overhead squat, snatch progression
  • Snatch, heavy single
  • Workout: 5 rounds for time:
    • 5 Hang Power Snatch 135#/95#
    • 10 Pull Ups
    • 15 Box Jumps 24"/20"
Some things I really liked here:
  • Homey atmosphere.  Even though they just opened recently in May, the overall vibe of the gym is like your old school CrossFit gym but with upgraded equipment. 
  • Tight community.  You know the community is legit when the members are active commenters on the blog.  At the gym, I had great conversations with every class attendee.  That's a first!  People love working out with each other and teaming up during class.  Also, when you finish a workout, you cheer you peers on and once everyone has completed the workout, you clean up.  No one is left behind.
  • Beautiful, clean gym.  High ceilings, leveled floor, and also well-lit.  Equipment is easy to find and is very organized.  They also have couches and an area for chiropractics.
  • Variety of equipment: kilo plates and fractional plates, sleds, ropes, tires, prowlers, etc.
  • Awesome trainers!  Logan's got a big heart and he knows what he's talking about.
  • Open gym
  • Visitor friendly :)

Some things that could use improvement:

Some pictures:
2. Entrance

3. Inside.

4. high rings & the rig

5. giant WOD board

6. equipment

7. rowers & rope

8. weights & chalk

9. PR board

10. back

I had a great time at CrossFit Nordeast!  If you're in the downtown Minneapolis area, check them out!

Nearby Gyms: CrossFit Minneapolis