December 01, 2011
Hilary Achauer explores what happens when your CrossFit box is surrounded by bars, tattoo parlors and tanning salons.
Like most boxes, the warm-up at CrossFit Pacific Beach (CFPB) starts out with a 400-meter run. What you’ll encounter on that run is a bit unusual.
Smack dab in the middle of one of the highest concentrations of bars per capita in San Diego, CFPB opened in June 2010, replacing a defunct record store. After a few months, the owners installed sliding garage doors that open out onto the sidewalk. CFPB embraces the urban environment, rather than blocking it out. Passersby get a heavy dose of angry music, clanging weights and painful-sounding grunts on their afternoon stroll.
“The first time I did a warm-up lap, I was really skeptical,” said Quinn Myers, a member who has done CrossFit all over the world. “I didn’t think it would work. I thought I wouldn’t like it. I was used to doing CrossFit in a warehouse, with not much else around.”
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