July 29, 2009
San Francisco CrossFit is basically a parking lot, a canopy and two shipping containers. It’s also San Francisco’s best fitness facility, according to readers of SF Weekly. Mike Warkentin explains why.
Behold the modern fitness center.
Its selectorized machines gleam under spotlights. Someone triumphantly breaks the 150-pound mark on the torso-rotation machine as another person gives the hip flexors a proper thrashing during a set of biceps curls. A spin class begins in an air-conditioned studio where Top 40 hits are pumped out of an expensive stereo.
All that’s missing is a plaque from SF Weekly proclaiming the facility San Francisco’s Best Fitness Gym. That plaque, however, will not be forthcoming.
The title actually belongs to San Francisco CrossFit, which was awarded the accolade on May 20, 2009, as part of the readers’ poll portion of SF Weekly’s Best of 2009.
“If they had a category for best place to train under a canopy in a parking lot, we would have definitely taken that title, too,” jokes SFCF founder Kelly Starrett.
Canopy or no canopy, the fact remains that the rugged CrossFit affiliate managed to beat out a host of high-tech fitness. At CFSF, the equipment isn’t pretty. In fact, some of it looks positively post-apocalyptic—but it works.
“This experiment has been replicated a thousand times across the United States and across the world, and I think we showed that you don’t need a fancy gym. You need the quality core equipment and programming that is CrossFit. You may not even have walls, and yet this is good place to train in the city.”