There aren’t many CrossFit affiliates with a bar inside. Friendship CrossFit is one of them.
After 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open Workout 12.3, the Dublin, Ohio, box hosted an event that ended with margaritas made by owner Jeff Binek’s dad.
The space is a far cry from Friendship CrossFit’s original space, which was 850 square feet. The new gym is 10,000 square feet and also includes a kitchen, a pool table, a shower, a massage room and a lounge.
“It used to be an art studio, so when we first walked in there was like a fake house and they were shootin’ commercials, and there was all this make-up and fake hair everywhere,” Binek says.
Friendship CrossFit hosts yoga twice a week—afterward, members remain gathered around the bar—as well as cleaning parties. Plus, there are themed family-style dinners once a month. The affiliate also dedicates a wall to pictures of the three dozen or so members who have been around since the beginning.
“This is kind of our tribute to them,” Binek says.
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Additional reading: My Tribe by Jeremy Striffler, published Feb. 16, 2012.