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WHERE TO WOD: 13 ATX CROSSFIT GYMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Kelly Weimert

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Whether you’re training for a competition or you just want to tackle everyday activities with more energy, CrossFit is a great way to get it done. Need proof? Just take a look around Austin — any doubts about its effectiveness are dispelled by all of the outrageously fit crew at your local CrossFit box.

And if you’re thinking about getting in on the action, you’re probably wondering where to start. Well, we scanned the city to bring you the cream of the CrossFit crop. The coaches are supportive, the communities are incredible, and the locations are everywhere. That means all of you Austinites, no matter which part of the city you call home, can find the right CrossFit family for you.

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CrossFit Central

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As one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates in the world, CrossFit Central is an authority here in the Austin fitness scene. This family-operated business has two different locations off Burnet and downtown, so all Austinites can easily jump in and master their skills in strength and endurance. With exclusive competitions for members, monthly nutrition meetings, and free body composition assessments, there’s no shortage of incentives to become a part of this tight-knit community.

Westlake is home to beautiful estates, eye-catching scenery, and a great place to get your workout on. Offering small group classes, yoga, private training, and nutrition counseling, West Austin Strength & Conditioning (home of Westlake CrossFit) has it all. Still unsure? No problem. The people here are so confident you’ll fall in love that they offer free weekly classes so you can test the waters without commitment.

Calling all SoCo dwellers! We found your home gym. CrossFit Austin makes a point of being well-rounded — in addition to honing your body, they want your mind and spirit to get fit, too. Their coaches are friendly, knowledgeable, and well-equipped to meet you where you are. So, whether you’ve been doing WODs for years or have no idea what that means, this gym has you covered. Fitt Tip: there’s nothing quite like the sound of their “PR Gong”, especially when it’s struck for you.

The folks here know that with tough workouts can come even tougher injuries, so Fortitude Strength & Conditioning makes safety their number one priority. Coming into a clean + jerk or box jump cold can be frightening. That’s why they have a leveling system designed to make sure no one is asked to perform exercises beyond their body’s capability; you can be confident that you’re in safe hands. If you’re a northeast Austinite (or reside just southeast in Bastrop) looking to see if CrossFit is the right workout for you, this is the place to explore it.

So you like warehouse workouts, huh? A place where it feels like they welded the Rogue rigs on site? Well, you might want to stop by CrossFit Jääkarhu, where they’re in the business of building athletes out of their South Congress warehouse. And let’s just say their coaching and programming are pretty great — they have a community that will pull you in and knowledgeable coaches that will lift you up, no matter if you’re looking to train for fitness, sport, weightlifting, or a spot on the podium at the CrossFit Games.

CrossFit Lumos, over off East Riverside, delivers your daily dose of intense WODs, snatches, burpees, and plenty of community camaraderie. If you’re a newbie, try one of their group class as a FREE intro class. They also offer community partner workouts every Saturday that are great for all levels and a fun opportunity to get to know a new friendly face. Be sure to pop on over to their Facebook page for plenty of pics, free WODs, and listings of fun events!

CrossFit SoChac, formerly CrossFit Bulletproof, is one of South Austin’s best boxes, filled with supportive and encouraging coaches and members. You get all the best of CrossFit here, with a little bit of gymnastics, weightlifting, and metabolic conditioning in each workout. Aside from training, members here are down to take on different challenges together — groups train for races, obstacle courses, and CrossFit competitions. So, if you’re ready to take it to the next level, this is your spot.

An Oak Hill favorite, Built Gym ATX is home to CrossFit Python and a ton more strength and agility-focused fun. They offer tons of programs for all levels designed to push your limits and get you in shape fast. FYI: You can try an unlimited week here for just $40, so go on and get your money’s worth. And Built Gym is not your average box — it has A/C! So, if you’re looking to escape the Texas heat but still sweat your butt off, this is the place for you.

Brodie Park CrossFit is functional fitness at its best. Right off Brodie Lane, BPC offers some pretty cool stuff other than your go-to snatches and deadlifts. Try a yoga class, endurance class, or strength-based or mobilities classes. The community is diverse and the whole family is always welcome!

Having a rough day? Overwhelmed? Live in North Austin? Voodoo CrossFit 512 is just the place to forget about the day’s troubles while getting in a super powerful workout. When you enter the magical Voodoo Box, you enter a special kind of sanctuary with a full-on party atmosphere where everyone knows your name. Folks here want to know you, and they want to help you be the best version of yourself you can be. So, if you’re looking for a family that emphasizes fun, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Powerlift your way to an enviable bod at this North Lamar studio. Proclaiming itself “the most social gym” in Austin, community is king at CrossFit City Limits. Not only will you satisfy your most intense workout craving, but becoming a member also means happy hours, community service events, and intra-gym competitions. If you want to adopt a group of like-minded friends along with your healthy lifestyle, this is the place to do it.

The guys and gals at CrossFit and Fearless want you to be better and, well… fearless. Emphasizing physical and mental strength, community, and teamwork, the coaches at this South Austin box are committed to supporting you during every step of your fitness journey. They have classes all day and drop-ins are welcome, so you have every opportunity to fit it into your schedule — no excuses allowed!

The coaches at CrossFit South Lamar design their workouts to be broad, general, and all-inclusive. They believe that specialization is the enemy, and instead want to prepare you for any and all obstacles that might get in your way. Try out their standard CrossFit class if you want to test yourself, or compete with others on the online leaderboard. But SOLA also offers an Olympic lifting class called RAWW Barbell or a conditioning-based class that’ll torch calories. So, whether you’re a cage fighter who wants to perfect your moves or a senior looking to up your strength and reduce pain, these workouts are scaled to meet every need.

 

**Updated by Ryan Deer, January 2019