The first thing you notice when you arrive at CrossFit Clintonville is the sense of community you feel as soon as you walk through the door. We noticed big groups of people talking, not just small cliquey groups. Patrick, the owner and lead instructor for our Saturday workout introduced himself and made sure we had a handle on some of the basic CrossFit movements, then went over to a big chalkboard to write down the day’s three-person team workout. All Saturday’s at 9am are team workouts, and then the 10am class is a free class that is ideal for people who are new and want to learn more about CrossFit.
As Patrick began writing, people slowly started to crowd around to see what was in store for them that day -- anyone who has been a part of a CrossFit team WOD (workout of the day) knows that you have to mentally take stock of which movements will give you trouble and which ones you’ll crush! As Patrick continued to write, a bunch of unfamiliar faces came up to us and introduced themselves. Again, the sense of community here was fantastic!
As he finished, Patrick went through the workout and as we broke into our groups, the chaos of setting up spots began to occur. People were moving rowing machines, getting barbells and weights, and setting up ab mats for handstand pushups. Our workout consisted of four mini-workouts that each involved 3-4 movements. Most followed a 21-15-9 (number of reps per exercise) pattern and we had to complete all movements as a team before moving on to the next set of workouts.
Our team finished before most other teams were done, mostly due to our third partner being a machine on some of the heavier-weighted exercises. As we finished and took in the scene, we again felt that tremendous sense of community. Patrick came over and asked how we liked everything, while our partner was over to another group cheering them on as they completed their last few reps. People were clapping, cheering, and continuing to introduce themselves until the final group finished and the clock stopped.
As far as a CrossFit box is concerned, CrossFit Clintonville has to be one of the best. After the class ended, Patrick was helping some members on some movements that we didn’t get to in class, and you get the sense that he really does care about each person’s personal journey through CrossFit.
After our early class, the CrossFit Beginners class was starting to fill in. It was refreshing to see some people you wouldn’t expect to see in a CrossFit gym giving it a chance. This kind of low-pressure environment is unusual for this kind of gym, and anyone who is either new or looking for a community-based CrossFit gym that wants to see you succeed should check out CrossFit Clintonville.