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January 30, 2012

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Inside a 25-year-old family sports facility outside Pittsburgh is Integrated Fitness, a CrossFit box that does sport-specific training.

The Bethel Park, Pa., box is more than 3,000 square feet inside a building that includes a 4,000-square-foot court for basketball hockey, soccer and volleyball. Originally, Integrated Fitness worked out of a 1,100-square-foot space, says Jim Crowell, head trainer and one of the gym owners.

“We wanted to do some sport-specific training on top of CrossFit, and we really wanted to take our CrossFit classes to a much bigger level and do a lot more things that would help us train a lot more effectively,” he says.

Inside, the gym’s equipment includes many items typically used by powerlifters. With the variety of athletes training at Integrated Fitness—tennis players, football players, baseball players, mixed-martial-arts competitors, BMX racers—Crowell says the focus is on strengthening clients’ weaknesses.

“We do … a lot of different lifts and special-exercise work,” says Crowell, who played tennis at Pennsylvania State University.

5min 21sec

Additional reading: Sport-Specific Training Using CrossFit Fundamentals by Kevin W. Cann Jr., published May 14, 2011.

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8 Comments on “Box Tour: Integrated Fitness”

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This is a sick video! I love what these guys are doing! You can tell they are doing the work behind the scenes to product a badass experience for their athletes! Keep it up fellas!

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What a great video! I have had a fantastic experience (and many successes) as a client, and this is just the start. I can't wait to see what the future holds in store for me!

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Why is this video posted in this journal?

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I was able to drop in at IF for a couple WODs back in October and have nothing but nice things to say about the trainers and trainees at this place.

Thanks again for letting me drop in.
BrianG

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Jim, I have a question, how did you get the owners of the complex to allow you to take the space needed for your part of the facililty?
I think it a great idea with what you have done and are doing, I have a couple of complex's in my area and I was wondering how to approach them with a CrossFit Box.

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Awesome job on the video by Mike Koslap and CrossFit HQ Team it was great to have you out to our facility. Gary i'd be happy to chat with you about how we went about setting up the leasing with the family sports complex and how we approached them. Feel free to shoot me an email at Josh@if-fit.com.

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I get that this is a kind of "medium," so to speak, that is geared towards getting outsiders to learn about CF. Thats all good and well. The only thing that worries me is that I am seeing a trend in CF boxes where they are SORT of reverting back to the typical gym equipment that we as CFers tried to get away from. Not that the equipment is inherently bad, just that it seems to be trying to bridge the gap between meatheads and CFers... WHY?! 99% of us want nothing to do with the guys who stare in mirrors all day and talk to no one. When we explain CF to someone in the gym, we should never be able to say, "its not that different from what you're doing, really." There is a strong chance that I am nit-picking and off base, but thats just my .02

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Hey Gary,

I tried to respond to your email, but it said that I couldn't send to your address... What is your email address?

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