You may believe that there's really only two fields that apply to this topic: if a fitness facility is a CrossFit box, or a regular gym. However, as CrossFit continues to expand and become a more and more popular fitness program, there have become two different types of boxes: a competitor box, and a recreational box. This isn't set up to serve our community best. We can and should do better.
What is a competitor box?
Competitor boxes are those which cater specifically to the athlete who wishes to compete in the SPORT of CrossFit. These boxes usually have a lot of people concerned with being on top of the leaderboard at the end of the day. Their athletes are amped up for the CrossFit Open even more than other boxes. They strive for making the Games and Regionals, and most of the emphasis is on improving all measurable numbers.
What is a recreational box?
In contrast to the competitor box, a recreational CrossFit box is focused more on the mechanics, consistency, and intensity. They also have an extensive OnRamp program. The coaches and athletes here are concerned with getting a good workout, moving well, and staying healthy above pure performance goals.
Can you have the best of both worlds?
Why can't your box include both sets of athletes? We argue it should. Competitive CrossFit athletes lift the intensity of the box, and give people someone to chase. Meanwhile, those athletes who are more focused on getting a good workout rather than competing, keep everyone remembering at the end of the day YOU do this for fun. By programming for BOTH athletes in your box, you can ensure everyone enjoys the experience, and you serve your community best.
At Summit, we're the best of both worlds. How is your box? We'd love to hear your comments.