Box Tour: District CrossFit Southwest

By Noah Gabriel-Landis

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January 26, 2013

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Securing more than 8,000 square feet in downtown Washington, D.C., is no small feat. But that’s just what District CrossFit Southwest has done.

“We’re really lucky to have this area because warehouses like this do not exist in metropolitan D.C.,” explains head coach Noah Gabriel-Landis. “We’re really fortunate to have this. And we’re right downtown.”

The gym is actually one block from Washington Nationals Park, to be specific, and it’s outfitted with a 100-foot rig for pull-ups and other gymnastics movements, as well as a dedicated strength-and-conditioning area available to a separate membership solely interested in Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting.

“As we continue to grow, different athletes want different things, so we try to accommodate that the best that we can,” Gabriel-Landis says.

Likewise, District CrossFit Southwest has three tiers of group classes: fitness, performance and competition. Some CrossFit athletes have goals of winning the CrossFit Games, while others just want to be fitter than they’ve ever been before—and CrossFit works for both groups.

“Those different tiers,” Gabriel-Landis says, “are just aimed at what you want to get out of CrossFit.”

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Additional reading: My Tribe by Jeremy Striffler, published Feb. 16, 2012

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4 Comments on “Box Tour: District CrossFit Southwest”


wrote …

Looks like an amazing atmosphere! I most def going to try swinging down there next time I'm in DC. Keep up the good work!


Olly Goddard wrote …

Awesome. I'd definitely like to visit one day. Really like the 3 tiers approach - we've been looking into something like that at our gym but couldn't figure out how to communicate it to members. Thanks!


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

Nice space man. But even more important, I like how you understand how CrossFit can be used in different ways. Competition CrossFit is different than regular CrossFit. Also, great idea to impliment a screening for the competition class. Not everyone is ready for the volume of training it takes to compete and that's a great way to increase safety.


wrote …

If oly lifting is a crucial part of Crossfit then why charge your memebers extra fees to do powerlifting ,oly lifting etc. ?

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