Since 2006 CrossFit Spokane has been serving the Spokane area. Over the years we have grown despite all the ups and downs of owning and running a small business. Back then there was maybe 300 CrossFit gyms around the world; just to give you a reference, today there is almost 6000 CrossFit gyms (currently 5 in the Spokane area). Trying to explain to people what we do and why it’s sssooooo much better than what they were doing was a challenge to say the least. On a good day we would have 15 people come in to train with us now if there isn’t at least 15 people per training time we are like “Where is everyone”.
We had originally started out of our garage for a few months then moved to an 800 sqft facility. From the start I was passionate about this business and would make it work despite being full time active duty Air Force with the goal and dream of having (in my mind) the perfect gym. Today we have an almost 6500 sqft facility with a full turf area and enough space and equipment to run 2 full gyms, 3 restrooms and 2 shower areas in addition every training time we have a least 2 coaches to ensure the client is getting enough coaching and attention. Everything we do is to bring the best possible service, experience and coaching to our clients. We are not perfect yet, but each day we learn get better by reinvesting time, money and man hours back into the gym, so we can get closer to the “Perfect ” Gym.
I am blessed enough to have realized my passion and do what love. This is not something that one day I woke up and said “You know what, I want to own a gym”. I have been in this industry and working towards my dream gym/business for close to 20yrs. During this time I have had literally thousands of contact hours with actual people in various training environments. Over the years I have learned from many coaches and trainers and to this day continue to learn in order to bring the best service possible to our clients. Unfortunately no other background really prepares you to be a great coach and trainer other than experience. Unfortunately, there isn’t a 2 day affiliation or training certification that will trump that.
Because of the ease of opening a CrossFit Gym (2 day course and an essay) and the lack of continuity across the affiliates, if you visit 10 CrossFit gyms (or knock off gyms) you most likely have 10 different experiences, some good and some bad. I like to say all have the best intentions, but some may not have the best practices. Your best bet is to visit and workout at each one in your area, ask a lot of questions and see what their training philosophies are, how they deal with modifying movements and how they introduce the exercises and workouts. We have some good CrossFit gyms in the area, Get out and find yours.