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I often tell our first time CrossFitters.. once you go CrossFit, there is no going back to globo gyms.. and certainly not hotel gyms. There are currently over 7,000 affiliates worldwide, making it easier than ever to get your WOD on while on the road. With the holidays approaching, I wanted to share a few tips on dropping in to other boxes during travels.
The first thing you'll want to do is pull up the affiliate finder map. Just type in your destination, and you'll be able to see your closest options. Once you've narrowed things down, you'll want to visit their websites to see their class times, and hopefully find some information on dropping in. Expect to pay around $15-25 per class. If you're visiting for an extended stay, it doesn't hurt to politely ask if they offer any multiple visit discounts. Some boxes may even waive the guest fee if you buy a t-shirt, and some may be interested in trading shirts from your home box.
CrossFit boxes are notorious for not answering the phone, so email is always the way to go. It's best to write at least a few days ahead of time if possible. Let them know your experience level with CrossFit, where you currently train, how many visits you're interested in, and what class times to expect you. Also, this is the time to ask about shirt trades etc. (be sure to get their size if they're interested).
Many CrossFit boxes are a bit tricky to find. Typically, you're looking for an industrial type location, often there may not be a clear sign for what you're looking for. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find the location, and always arrive early so there is time to fill out any waiver forms, and to pay before the workout.
Once you're getting settled in, remember, you are now representing your home box, city, state, or even country. Introduce yourself, smile, listen to your coach, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Know your fitness level, and don't go too crazy. Your coach doesn't know exactly what you're capable of, they want to ensure that you're safe, and that you have a good experience. Always be sure to leave the facility cleaner than before you arrived.