Quite possibly one of the most important posts ever.

23 Jan

Coach Chris and Sammy and Avener checking out plans in the new space.

There are a number of very big changes that are taking place soon at CFCC – and this post is meant to inform you all, the wonderful collection of folks that make up this great place we call CrossFit Center City, of everything that will be going down in the next few months.

As many of you know, we sent a survey out to members about a month ago and since then, all the Coaches and I, Erin, have been taking a lot of your responses to heart. We love what we do and we earnestly want to do it better. Your encouragement, comments, and critiques are much appreciated and always taken into consideration. All that to say, while we won’t be getting any slip n’slides yet (yes, that was requested by at least two members of the gym) – the changes below are a direct reflection of your honest answers. Thank you for helping us!

1. We’re moving.  

Yup.  So many of you asked for more space that we just went on ahead and decided it would be a good idea to get some.  🙂  Actually in all honesty, the sound test for this current space was just not cutting it with the institution of potential residents in the apartments above us.  No one lives there now, but if they did, we’d definitely have to go quiet and get REALLY good at walking on our hands, pullups, and jumping and landing SUPER silently.  So far, no one’s moved in, but when/if the day comes, the Programming will reflect that.  With any luck, we’ll be out before this happens.

What else will the new space have?

The new space will be at 13th and Chestnut and will be 8 thousand contiguous feet, or 4x more than the size of the ground floor of our current space.  The re-opening will be April Fools’ Day (ha!) but the new space will be finished before then so expect us to move somewhere around mid-March.

Men’s and Women’s Locker rooms, with lots more showers.  I’m looking at you, Tess and Eileen, and the rest of the 8am crew.  We’ll have to rig some sweet radios in there so y’all can sing for joy and take all the time you want.

Room enough for Wallballs but shorter rope space (height).

The potential for holding LOTS of new equipment – many of you asked for Strongman stuff, don’t worry – your time is coming!

Separate spaces for concurrent classes (Yoga, Kid’s Classes, Elements, Endurance, and Olympic Lifting) and offices separate from workout space (no more worrying about dumping a bar on Tim’s computer).

A better sound system – for seamless samba music for you to WOD to – heh heh.

ALL OF YOU – at the same rate that you have always been at EVEN with all these great new features – but RAISED prices for potential new members – $200/mth, but still $150/mth for those eligible for discounts.

Now for the more ABSOLUTELY AMAZING elements that are changing at CFCC…

2. Avener is here!

By now, if you haven’t seen her than you really haven’t been here – Emily Avener is back to CFCC as Gym Manager.

3. The Gym is now being cleaned offically three more times a week than it was.

Also, we have a backpack vac.  Yeah, I know you’re jealous.

4. New Classes

MOBILITY – Now in 1/2 hour increments Wednesday after the noon and on Saturdays at 11am.
GYMNASTICS – A Skill Session every Saturday at 1pm and 9am and 2pm on Sunday.
Later CROSSFIT Class on the Weekend – 2pm on Saturday and the later Gymnastics Classes.
MORE OLYMPIC LIFTING – An INTRO class on Wednesday night during the week – and more soon after CFCC BCCC ends. And 3 more Advanced Classes focusing on this a week.
INJURY PREVENTION CLASSES – Coming soon… an entire segment of classes tailored toward people who have movement deficits, in this case, we will be taking roughly three classes a week to concentrate on people who struggle with shoulder issues.  This class will be open to all members but capped for participation as with all specialty classes.  The emphasis will be on corrective exercise and measurable postural progress – also, on pulling a LOT of stuff in different directions to buttress the shoulder joint from all sides.  Both strength work AND metabolic conditioning work will be a part of every session.

5. Scheduling Classes

We are aware the at the Google Calendar is not always the MOST reliable way to sign up for things.  We are working on this and come mid-February the entire gym will be switching over to a new way of signing up for classes through a system called MINDBODY – yup, with keytags and everythang.  

And, if you DO delete sessions on the Google Calendar before this time, Pukie the CrossFit clown will visit you in your nightmares and make you do Fran after eating a Big Mac and a Milkshake…and a Pizza… covered in Anchovies and Licorice.

6. Dogs in the Gym

So many of you are so kind and mentioned in the survey that Maddox (and friends) is absolutely your favorite part of the gym – he thinks that’s just great.  I told the coaches we should work on our dopey cuteness a little because he’s clearly showing us up.  In all seriousness though, a lot of you also expressed your concerns with things like allergies and cleanliness in the gym as a result of having Maddox, etc. around.

Rest easy.  I know what it’s like to have some pretty massively bad dog allergies – trust me, like, showers and loads and laundry don’t cure it, and Walgreens runs out of tissue boxes.  Therefore, the new rule is, Maddox is allowed in the gym but ONLY behind the desk.  Please don’t tempt him from behind it even though I know he makes some pretty darn cute faces.  Also, all other dogs are not allowed in the gym.  Your cooperation in making this happen is greatly appreciated.  Dog dates are allowed.  And we will definitely organize some CFCC dog park days as EVERYONE knows that when dogs AREN’T making you sneeze, they’re still really awesome.  Cats on the other hand… 😉

7. Programming

Lots of suggestions were made and were definitely taken to heart.  Expect to see some pretty exciting things changing when we move and until then more thorough explanations of how programming works (like this post).  Remember, if you have a question – please ALWAYS ask!  We want to hear what you are thinking!

8. What is the Elements Class?

The Elements Class is our new version of On Ramp.  It is a six course class that takes place every 3 weeks and is arranged according to the schedules of those interested in joining CFCC.  If 3 people get together and request a specific hour we will find someone to coach it!  The cost to take this class is $75 and involves very personalized training (in classes of 6 people or less) that is cumulative in nature, i.e. you must attend all classes to make it to the last one and understand what’s going on AND in order to enter into normal classes at CFCC.

That’s right… there are NO MORE FREE SESSIONS at CFCC. If you have a friend who is interested in trying out CrossFit this class is not a huge financial commitment but still involves top-notch instruction and some kind of commitment from them so they will be able to give CrossFit more than just a passing glance.  This class also means that new members will have gained proficiency in virtually ALL of the major movements of CrossFit – this will help classes to move along smoothly and will decrease the rate of injury among new members.

If you would like to GIFT the Elements class to someone, the cost is always $50 (two thirds of the normal price).

If you have any questions about this change, please just let us know!

9. A new Coach in training at CFCC: Cassie Haynes Grassia.

That’s right, the notorious C.H.G. has joined our ranks and is now taking on some small sessions/clients.  More information on Cassie’s role at CFCC will surface as she dives into shadowing and seeing our home from the perspective of a Coach and not a member.  Please give her encouragement as she works her way into filling out this position.  We love her and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her at CFCC!

Cassie, rowing in a competition at CrossFit Hoboken.

 10. Capped Classes.

As many of you might have noticed, we’ve capped a lot of our specialty classes.  The cap for a class will almost always be on the website or on the Google Calendar when there is one.  Please respect the cap, and also be sure to let people on the list know if you do not plan to attend – or, ATTEND STUFF YOU SIGN UP FOR.  We still haven’t placed a cap on normal classes but from now on, during all evening classes there will be an assistant Coach for whenever the class is over 10 people. 


11 Responses to “Quite possibly one of the most important posts ever.”

  1. Hunter Blackmore January 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Exciting post Erin. All sounds great, look forward to the future. Great work.

  2. KD January 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Wonderful post, glad to hear about CFCC’s latest growth spurts. But Avener is NOT BORING!!! 🙂

  3. Anna January 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    it’s all so exciting.

  4. Andy Yang January 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    some pretty exciting changes, sounds great!

  5. Elie January 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    yeeess!!! love this all!!

  6. jordan January 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    doin’ a happy dance. Well done E!

  7. jpap January 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm #


  8. arrus January 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm #


  9. avener January 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    WTF, why am I listed directly under “boring changes”?


    • crossfitcentercity January 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

      because the other change is that we are moving to an old night club. 🙂


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