What I Look For When Referring Gyms (that I don’t personally know) To Others
- Up-to-date and smooth interface. A poor website doesn’t necessarily mean a bad gym, but I’ve never seen a bad gym with an impressive website
- Did they take time to write their own content or did they just link an old “What is CrossFit” video?
- What do their coaches look like?
- Does the gym have a introduction/foundations/0n-ramp classes? If not, there’s no way the gym as a whole moves with quality.
- Social Media
- I usually check Facebook and Instagram
- Social media is great to get a feel of the community. Are there pictures of social events? Does it seem fun?
- How frequent are the posts? Again, lack of social media doesn’t necessarily mean a bad gym, but I’ve never seen a bad gym with consistent social media posts.
- Unless the gym is new, I steer people away from gyms that charge on the lower end of market price.
- Lower price usually mean higher turnover and also a gym that is using price to try to drive up volume.
- If a gym is charging more and still able to stay in business, they are doing something to add enough value to get business.
- Once you look through a few reviews, you start getting an idea of what the gym is all about. The overall ratings matter, but if a gym has been around long enough, they are always going to get a few bad reviews from some dummies.
- Pros/Cons to look for: Coaching, cleanliness, equipment, atmosphere, customer service
- I usually check google+, Facebook and Yelp
Bottom Line: If you’ve never been a member at a CrossFit gym, try at least two to get a comparison. Never let the price or location be the main determining factor for signing up at a gym when another gym feels like a better fit. You won’t enjoy your experience, and you won’t get the value you were looking for anyways.