In 2005, Bryan St. Andrews helped found one of the earliest CrossFit affiliates, CrossFit SouthWest, in Tempe, Ariz., not far from Arizona State University. Five years later, he moved back to his hometown and opened CrossFit Nittany near Penn State University.
“Demographically, State College made a lot of sense,” he says of the college town in Pennsylvania. The town has a population of roughly 40,000, but you need much less than that to make a box work, St. Andrews adds.
“If you know what you’re doing, 100 people will follow you.”
In this video, we hear members’ CrossFit stories—from college students to a mom and a retired firefighter.
“The best part of it would be that the community just kind of becomes more united by their interests,” St. Andrews says. “They’re united more by what they have in common—and that’s just that they’re working out and trying to work hard, and they enjoy it and they’re having fun.”
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Additional reading: My Tribe by Jeremy Striffler, published Feb. 16, 2012.