We opened CrossFit Roots with the belief that everyone – young, old, beginner, elite, recreational outdoor enthusiast, stay-at-home parent, artist, doctor, writer, executive, overweight, injured, pregnant, black, white, gay, straight – deserved world-class fitness.
We are the home for fitness misfits – those who believe in the CrossFit methodology, hard work, dedication, responsibility, and the power of community. We turn our heads to gimmicks, quick fixes, and fancy facades.
These are the ties that bind.
We look forward to working out. We embrace challenges knowing that we’re in an environment of people who each face their own challenges every day. We train hard and together. We eat clean because it’s our way of life. We celebrate one another’s accomplishments out of a genuine desire to see everyone succeed. We don’t go to the gym to burn calories but to challenge our body, be with our community, and feed our souls.
To us, CrossFit is organic health and fitness. It is pure and back to fitness basics, back to the roots. Trees have roots and trees are strong; they grow, adapt, survive, bloom, reseed, and outlast. This embodies the athletes we want to develop and coach at our shop.
CrossFit Roots is a return to the heart of athleticism.
It’s easy to say you have experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable coaches – to deliver on that is what sets CrossFit Roots apart.
At CrossFit Roots, our team is made up of individuals who have made coaching their full-time profession. They hold numerous fitness certifications, including CrossFit Level 1, 2, 3, and 4, USAW, and CSCS. They make up the only coaching staff in the world with seven CrossFit Level-4 and Level-3 trainers.
What makes them stand out from the rest is the application of this knowledge and a track record of helping athletes of every ability level grow, succeed, and develop day in and day out over many years.
We believe that every athlete has untapped human potential and that everyone deserves world-class coaching.
In order to deliver on a promise of world class coaching we had to commit to an environment that enabled the intimate athlete/coach interactions that allow for this.
Therefore, while the shop has grown in members over the years, we have kept our class size capped at 12 athletes. We experimented with a 2 coaches to 24 athletes model and found the relationship was not linear.
Both our athletes and coaches feel that the coaching, instruction, and group interaction are all optimized in a 1:12 class size.
Our coaching and application is layered on a foundation that is 100% CrossFit.
At Roots, we believe in the CrossFit programming methodology. We don’t sacrifice constantly varied programming because of workout complexity, equipment, movement difficulty, or class logistics. We make it work and our athletes are fitter for it.
There are so many things that make CrossFit Roots unique – the community of athletes, the training space, the coaches, the environment, and the many many success stories.
We cover a lot in class and utilize every minute. No, we won’t lock the doors five minutes after class starts; however, if you’re late, please assimilate into class by mimicking what you see going on!
Please check your ego at the door, it’s likely to get trounced if you don’t; no one cares how much you can lift, we only care how well you can lift it. The coaches are there to help you improve now and long into the future.
Please introduce yourself to all newcomers (or someone you don’t recognize). Remember when you were the new guy or gal? A friendly introduction goes a long way. Plus, they may need to revive your unconscious body later on and “hey dude” is so impersonal.
At Roots, no one breaks down their equipment until everyone has finished the workout. This is a common courtesy that you too will one day benefit from as everyone is last in the workout someday. You can cheer on others, grab a foam roller, or just sit and enjoy the down time, but don’t touch your equipment.
Yes, we know you’re cool and we know how empowering it is to drop a barbell from overhead. You know what’s not empowering? When you barbell drops to the floor and dances into someone else’s shin injuring them for weeks. Not sure what ghost-riding looks like? Ask your coach next time in class.
Would you drop your baby from two feet above the ground? We certainly hope not. We use an empty barbell a lot in class for drill and form work. When putting the barbell down, gently place in on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for the fine piece of equipment that is a barbell.
The shop is not your oyster, it’s many people’s oyster. If you set up on one pull-up bar, don’t take someone else’s bar just because they’re not there. If your wallball is further away from the rest of your equipment than you would like, well then, run to the wallball, don’t use someone else’s just because it’s closer.
You have to clean-up after yourself. It’s your responsbility to get out and put away your equipment, count your own reps, get your own tissue, and clean off your bars. Plus, by carrying those huge Rogue boxes all the way across the shop you’ll gain a lot of fitness.
Headphones are for the big box gym and lead to eye contact avoidance and individuals living in their own world. At Roots, we like to talk, connect, and suffer together. Sure, you may not like the music, but if you’re working out hard enough, that shouldn’t be on your mind.
Children who can sit on the couch or at the white desk while their parents workout are welcome to come to the shop with Mom or Dad. They are not allowed at any point to come onto the shop floor or training area. Sure we like kids, we even have one; however, the safety of the children and quality of the athletes’ training environment demands this arrangement.
Every athlete pushes themselves in a different way. You can scream, cuss, cry, go to your happy place, bleed, or even rest…just don’t quit. The human body is capable of more than you can possibly comprehend; challenge it accordingly.