Fairfield County has no shortage of Crossfit boxes, but how do you pick which one to go to? It’s times like these when Groupons come in handy! A few months back, I purchased a Groupon for Kong Crossfit in Norwalk. I had heard about it and since it was so close to my office (at the time), it really was a no brainer. It was also nice to find out that an old college friend, Will was also a trainer (UCONN representin’!)
The Groupon terms included 6 on-ramp classes. Will suggested that I just meet with him to review the basics and see if I should just skip the on-ramp since I’ve done Crossfit in the past. I decided that since I had never officially been on-ramped at any box, I probaly should, especially since I was a little rusty. I’m a stickler for form and would rather be safe than sorry!
I signed up for the late morning on-ramp classes with trainer, TJ. The class format started with a warm up and a lot of stretching, something I admittedly rarely do. After that, we reviewed movements and practiced form and technique. Often, what we practice is included in the WOD (Workout of the Day). An example of an on-ramp workout we completed:
3 Rounds for Time
I didn’t list the length or reps because well… I forgot. It was a while ago and I can barely remember what I did yesterday. Actually, I’m quite surprised that I remembered this much!
Other on-ramp WOD exercises included push press, knees to elbow (variation on toes to bar), assisted pull ups, snatch, and others I’ve forgotten, but I loved them all!
After on-ramp it was time for the real deal! Lucky for me, I didn’t have to go it alone. My coworker, Nicole is already a member of Kong, so she and I were able to get to some classes together (and ditch work). I call that a win/win. This is Nicole and me post burpee/box jump WOD, thrilled that it was OVER.
So in short, here are all the things I liked about Kong Crossfit:
1. The schedule. Early morning, mid morning, late morning, afternoon, evening. Something for everyone. I really liked the late morning classes because it was a smaller group, and it really re-energized me while also breaking up my work day. I eat lunch at my desk anyway…
2. The trainers. They all kick ass, and didn’t mind my foul language during WODs. Their focus on technique and form was remarkable and something I really value in trainers.
3. The facility. The box itself is SO large, the equipment is always stored away neatly, it’s clean and the art work is pretty fancy.
4. The location.
Very easy to get to in Norwalk with plenty of parking. It’s also conveniently located across the street from Valencia, you know, if you’re into delicious food (guacamole) post WOD.
5. The people. The other members are extremely warm, welcoming, and most importantly, encouraging! When you’re battling through those tough workouts, encouragement from others plays a very large part in pushing through! They never once made me feel like a newbie.
Unfortunately for me, the end of my month was also when I found out I got a job in Cos Cob, which is not near Valencia or Kong. I was pretty bummed, but now I know I can enthusiastically recommend Kong for anyone looking for a top-class Crossfit box in Norwalk. Oh and imagine the odds…there is a Groupon currently running for 12 classes at $49, or $30 if you go into the deal with friends. Get the details here.
For more information about Kong Crossfit programs, visit their website - kongcrossfit.com
What is most important to you when trying out a new Crossfit box (or gym)?
If you had to choose, burpees or wall balls?