Rugged Elite describes our incredible community … And our answer may surprise you.
We serve locally-brewed coffee from Middle Fork Roasters.
At the Columbia City location, it’s in the Clubhouse. At the SODO location, it’s next to the sign-in kiosk. Ask a coach if you need help brewing a pot. The coffee is complimentary.
The Clubhouse is our location 2.5. If you’re standing on Rainier Ave facing the Columbia City building, the Clubhouse is to the right. There is a code to get in, which you’ll be given when you become a member.
The most exciting thing about the Clubhouse is 24/7 access for our members, through a reservation system. (You’ll be given those instructions when you sign up for a membership.) Come in at any hour to make up a class or work on your own programming.
Having 24-hour access is awesome, but the primary reason the Clubhouse exists is to provide a gathering place for our community.
It includes a space to hang out, relax, and drink coffee (very popular after the 5:30 a.m. class!). It includes a GIANT work table (the top of which was lovingly made by Darrick, BeckyJo, and a bunch of our members). There are plenty of stools and outlets for you to have an office away from the office (or just get a little extra work done before class).
There is patio off the Clubhouse, where we love to gather in the summer. And we’ve been known to show “viewing parties” for sporting events! Basically we’ll take any excuse we have to throw a party. 😉
And finally, the Clubhouse is available to rent. Members get a special rate, of course. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
We offer a few different programs for beginners, so you can learn how to perform movements safely and build confidence!
If you have previous CrossFit experience, sign up for our 3 class free trial to see if we’re a good fit for you!
Sometimes it feels like CrossFit has its own language! Here are some common acronyms you’ll see at the gym and online:
1RM – One Rep Max: The weight at which you can only perform one repetition of a movement (e.g., “My back squat 1RM is 180lbs)
AMRAP – As Many Reps (or Rounds) As Possible in a specified amount of time
EMOM – Every Minute on the Minute
PR – Personal Record
Rep – Repetition: One performance of an exercise
Rx – As prescribed
“Rx” means doing the workout (1) at the prescribed weight/height, (2) for the prescribed number of reps, (3) to the full standards of each movement.
Please know it is okay and expected that many of our members do not perform the WODs Rx. If you’re ever unsure, your coach is always the best resource for you to determine whether or not the WOD should be attempted Rx.
On our whiteboard you’ll see recommendations for Level 1, Level 2, Rx, and Comp. You can mix-and-match levels, and there is a modification available for EVERY movement! Chat with you coach before the workout to find your best scales.
TABATA – Not an acronym! A TABATA is 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest (4 minutes total)
WOD – Workout of the Day
CrossFit Unlimited gives you access to everything!
CrossFit Deconstructed gives you access to specialty classes that focus on specific elements used in CrossFit, including MetCon (metabolic conditioning), Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, and Mobility.
We offer discounts for students and additional family members.
If you cancel your membership contract, you will pay 50% of the remaining amount owed. If you move more than 10 miles from the gym, or you have a serious illness or injury, we will cancel your membership at no cost.
The are multiple reasons for contracts:
1.) It helps us anticipate our monthly and yearly income.
2.) It keeps you committed to fitness and gives us an opportunity to check in with you consistently.
3.) It locks in your rate for the specified amount of time. We do raise rates occasionally, but you’ll be able to finish out your contract before your rate is affected.
4.) You won’t ever hold onto a membership you don’t use, just so you don’t lose your “grandfathered” rate.
We’ll put your contract on hold for a minimum of 2 weeks, and up to 2 months.
SODO: You can park in any spot in the lot.
Columbia City: There is 4-hour parking on Rainier in front of the building, and 2-hour parking on the Genesee hill. You can also park on Lucile (the street just above the gym).
Note you’ll want to approach the gym from the north. If you’re coming from the south, we recommend taking a left on Alaska, a quick right onto 35th, and then follow the “jog” onto Letitia. This will have you approach the gym from behind. (Much better than taking a u-turn on Rainier!)
Nope! Just workout clothes you feel comfortable in and a waterbottle. (Don’t worry, we have cups in case you forget one!)
Eventually you may want to invest in a pair of specialized shoes; a jump rope you can customize, and other accessories. But you don’t need any of that to get started.
We love guests! All Seattleites get 3 free classes. They are welcome to sign up on the kiosk when they come in, or they can sign up early here:
Don’t worry if you sign up at the “wrong” spot. Your punches are good at both Columbia City and SODO, so feel free to check out both locations!
Nope! Just show up! Please sign in for every class, using the iPad kiosk or the Triib app. It helps us track who’s coming to class, and helps you track your progress.
Join our Facebook group! This is where we post info, reminders, funny memes that no one else gets, etc. 😉
We do! Our rules exist for the sake of your safety, the culture of our community, and the care of our space. This is a special place to be, and we ask that all members respect these rules to maintain that feeling.
When you are using the Clubhouse, you can play anything you want. In class, we use a specific service. You can ask a coach to skip or adjust the music if you just can’t stand it.
Easiest for us (and for you) is to buy through the kiosk in the gym. To cut down on accounting, we’ll add products to your invoice. We’ll charge you for these items weekly … or if it’s a small amount, it will get charged with your monthly membership fee.
Cash is great as well – just give it to the coach and select “paid cash” when you check out on the kiosk!
We carry RxBar, FitAid, Driven Nutrition, SFH, and Equip. We also carry apparel and accessories.
To purchase on the kiosk, you’ll enter the Store, select your items, and then check out using your name and a custom 4-digit code you created (either using the app, or by logging into your Triib profile on a desktop).
Crossfit Open/Friday Night Lights (Feb/March) – Every year, CrossFit HQ puts together a series of workouts called the CrossFit Open. The workouts are scaled for various levels of athlete. It’s a great way to track your progress year over year, compare yourself to others your age and level of experience, and build up gym morale. Our gym hosts a “Friday Night Lights” for each open workout, where you can complete the workout with a group, get cheered on, and celebrate after. The last Open Workout is always a big party, food truck included!
Competitions we host:
Cornucopia Cup @ Columbia City (fall)
MFGT Throwdown @ SODO (summer)
Our competitions are so much fun, and very well-organized. We also offer sweet prizes. 😉
Stay tuned for more info!