“As a “founding father” of Old City CrossFit, I might be biased, but watching Old City grow since it opened in the fall has been great. Not only are all the instructors incredibly personable (and competent), but so are all the other CrossFitters. Additionally, the gym has been growing by leaps and bounds — adding more classes, yoga, nutrition options, and fun outside activities as well. If you don’t know what CrossFit is but have an open mind, I definitely recommend stopping in for a class at Old City. My fiance and I were pretty anti-CrossFit for a long time, mostly because we have a friend who is OBSESSED. Seriously, it runs his life. The nice thing about Old City though is that although there are a few people more dedicated (and experienced) than us, most of the people seem to be beginner CrossFitters just trying to get a really good workout. Because of it’s location, there are a lot of young professionals, but there is also diversity representing pretty much all demographics. Friendships are made along the way, so social activities are frequent — however, they’re certainly not mandatory. We haven’t actually gone to any just due to scheduling difficulties!
The best part about CrossFit is the coaching — you can come in with no plan, no idea what you’re doing, and they will teach you. My fiance and I are still usually among the last to finish workouts and we’re still learning new lifts and movements every week — however, there’s no judgement and plenty of patience. Also, even though we only tend to make it to 2 (maybe 3) workouts a week, we have definitely noticed that we’re in better shape (a lot better). None of the coaches at Old City are too hardcore, but they are all certified and they all know what they’re doing. Usually the same coaches teach the same days/times, so you do get consistency; however, it’s also nice to switch it up sometimes just because a different coach might have different ways to help you.
Erin and Sean, the Old City owners, are doing this because they love it and they want to help people. That is clear through everything they do. Yes, CrossFit is more expensive than a regular gym (although not much more compared to some around Capitol Hill) — but you get your money’s worth in personal attention and workout programming that really works to help you improve. Because the gym is doing well, they’ve added yoga on Saturdays, kids classes, new equipment, 8PM classes, and they’re working on finishing the upstairs level (can’t wait to see what they’ll do with that)! They also have a paleo “neighborhood” for those that are interested in learning more about living a paleo lifestyle, and they have a meal delivery system for paleo meals — like I said earlier though, they don’t push it and it’s really just a personal decision if you want to participate.
My fiance and I have gone from CrossFit-haters to regular gym members — we like not having to plan out a workout, instead just planning out the time that we’re going to go to class. We show up and they tell us what to do, so we don’t have to think much at all. And in the end, we do it to be more fit, which is definitely what we’ve noticed happening!”
– Jess G.