Today I made my way for the well-known Noon Class at San Francisco CrossFit. What a time it was! San Francisco CrossFit has situated itself as one of the more well-known affiliates and this is for a few different reasons. I found each of them stood out noticeably during my time there.
First off, location an feel:
Yeah, for those of you who don't know about where this place is, you are missing out like crazy! Head down to the Presidio and to the awesome sporting goods store The Sports Basement. Now, find your way to the back of the crazy store, right next to the incredibly scenic view of the water flowing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Walk through the gate to what would be a loading dock/storage area of the store and you'll see a big old tent and a couple trailers in the corner. That's it, that's San Francisco CrossFit. There's a row of equipment leading up to the gym/tent, some tires, GHD's a port-a-john, and more, all resting up against a trailer that houses the master of mobility Kelly Starrett's work space. Then there's the huge tent. They have rubber flooring spread underneath it, a handful of racks, and one of the most rugged, thrown-together pull racks I have ever seen. Pressed right up to the flooring is an old truck trailer where they house all the equipment. Plates, bars, KB;s and all that galore stacked inside the trailer, along with a little desk as the main office.
All I know is that these guys prove that it has absolutely nothing to do with your set up, your equipment, your gym location and so on; it is completely the level of coaching and programming that make the gym. Sure it's great to have fancy bars and platforms and racks, but hell man, those are not NEEDED. What's truly needed is a program and a coach that gets you in the damn best shape of your life. And when a place does that, it brings in people. And when a place does that as well as San Francisco CrossFit, it brings in people by the truckloads!
Looking through their list of coaches, it is basically a who's-who in the CrossFit world. Kelly Starrett and is insanely popular and ingenious Mobility WOD leads the team in an effort to offer top-tier training to anyone who cares to embrace it. Angel, Carl, John, Kimarie, Roop, Corrine, Tonya and Robert, all of them top of the line! And for the noon class, we had Diane, an extremely well-educated and motivating coach. She had us get warmed up, split up into groups and then wandered amongst us as we all went for our 1 Rep Max thurster. She was very approachable, laid back and welcoming. This personality was clearly something all the coaches there go for, and when the entire class stated off with making sure everyone met each other, you know you have just stepped into a very, very awesome community.
Holy crap, these guys practically define the perfect fitness community. Kelly told me when I strolled in there that they print out waivers by the 500, and go through them faster than he can imagine. Basically, San Francisco CrossFit is THE go-to CrossFit in the Bay area, people will go out of their way to come check it out. I would say there was about 20 people there and besides me, I think I counted 6 or so other first-timers. So, there's a place that is practically thrown together, rusty equipment, barely any protection from the rain (oh yeah, it was raining pretty hard for our entire workout, nobody seemed to mind at all, so cool!) and it still stands out as one of the most attractive places to get a workout in. For sure, this is hands down the best example of "it's not the gym, it's the coaches" I have ever seen.
Establish a 1 rep max Thruster
5 rounds of max reps of:
push ups / pull ups
I was feeling a little tight, and wearing my pants and sweatshirt I felt a little constricted, but I ended up throwing 225# overhead with ease and was pumped up! I went ahead with 235# and missed it. Well shoot, I missed it three times before calling it a day. I was a bit frustrated especially with how easy 225# felt, but I'll take it. Not totally sure if that's a PR for me, but the fact the bar felt so light, I'm happy.
The pull ups and push ups were fun. Their pull ups rig shacks and wobbles like crazy but we all just took our tuns and went all out. I was able to bang out sets of 40/36, 30/27, 24/20, 17/13, 18/15. I felt like a body builder with the pump from that workout, and my right hand is missing a fair amount of skin, but I was very happy with those numbers.
All in all I enjoyed my tine with the Noon group very much. I really hope to get back there a few more times over the coming months, and I really suggest checking it out if yo are ever in the city. There is nothing like throwing around heavy weights in the great outdoors. And having the Golden Gate Bridge looming in the distance is an inspirational backdrop. An all around cool place. Tons of support no matter who you are, great (and I mean GREAT) coaching and programming, friendly faces and cool surrounding, what more do you need?!
San Francisco CrossFit
610 Old Mason Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
I re-scheduled Mad Dawg Fitness to next week, needed a little recovery. Tomorrow I have an epic showdown at LaLanne Fitness!
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