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October 08, 2011

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CrossFit Del Mar recently celebrated its grand opening. Co-owner Chrisanna Northrup shares her story of how she opened her box.

Despite feeling like she had no time to work out, the mother of three and full-time worker managed to make time for CrossFit. When she first started, she says she was shocked at her lack of fitness and sought a change. CrossFit provided her with results.

“It slowly just changed my body, changed my energy, changed my relationship, just changed everything about me,” she says.

Northrup’s decision to open her own box came from the desire “to share it with other families and other people, and (I) wanted to create a gym where the whole family can come,” she says.

She found the other owners of CrossFit Del Mar when she looked into opening a box in her community. Her partners, Kim Bono and Mark Marek, were already affiliated and trying to find a space to start their own box. The trio immediately clicked and decided to go into the endeavor together.

“I’m a busy person, but I was able to make this work. I want to do this for other families,” Northrup says.

7min 19sec

Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 89 by Justin Judkins, published Oct. 15, 2009.

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5 Comments on “Making CrossFit a Priority: Opening CrossFit Del Mar”


wrote …

Contemplating my own leap of faith...thanks for sharing your story!


wrote …

planning starting last week. no luck only good training and hard work. thanks for the story.


wrote …

Congrats Kim!

For all of you that plan on making that leap, feel free to contact box owners for advice. You will be amazed at how helpful the Affiliate community can be. I received a bunch of help from other affiliates and neighboring boxes when I got started. It really is as simple as, "All you have to do is ask!" Start off with the message boards.

After doing a little bit of research, you will have a better understanding about the process of opening up your own box. Then you won't have to leap blind!


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Just saw this! Love it!!! We are now 3 months in and our membership has grown by leaps and bounds! We opened the doors and people came...Kim Bono, Mark Marek, Esther Marek (my partners/co-owners), couldn't happier! We are having a lot of fun with CrossFit Del Mar! Lovin' life! Chrisanna Northrup


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We are also in the process of sharing this new way of life with others. Let me tell you, as you probably already know, this is a bit scary and exciting all at the same time. From finding the time, location, money and hoping not to make too many mistakes, it can be overwhelm you. Even to the point of thinking will I ever get there? Looking at this article gives me energy to continue with my vision and dream. Slowly but surely we will get there. Thank you.

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