Dan Cerrillo, owner of CrossFit Bellevue, takes us on a tour of his large new facility located in Bellevue, Wash. He’s currently using 10,000 square feet of the 17,000 available.
Cerrillo says his inspiration for his set-up and equipment was the desire to make his gym a competition facility outfitted with the equipment used in CrossFit regionals and Games. His gym even includes an indoor track and is accumulating a collection of strongman equipment.
According to Cerrillo, his athletes have every opportunity to train for competitions and no excuses due to lack of equipment.
At CrossFit Bellevue, community is just as important as the workout. In addition to serving the front end of the business, the gym’s lobby is also a bar for their nightlife and includes a coffee station. Inside the gym, there’s a movie screen for getting together to watch sporting events.
Cerrillo says he caps his classes at 25 athletes and maintains a 10:1 athlete-to-instructor ratio. In addition to CrossFit classes, his gym offers CrossFit Kids classes and Fundamentals classes for new clients. Often, all three of these classes run at the same time, making full use of the large, well-equipped facility.
Additional reading: Garage Gym 101: How to Grow a Successful Garage Gym by Greg and Mallee Amundson, published Feb. 20, 2010.