Crossfit Lakewood Ranch is my “home base” box, and where I both began and continue my Crossfit journey. Located in their own stand- alone facility in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, this box boasts an impressive array of equipment and exceptional coaching.
The new facility opened officially in August of 2013, moving the box from their previous home off of SR 70 into the new state of the art facility just before the two year anniversary of the business.
At Crossfit LWR you will find a playground for Crossfit. With rowers, air dynes, climbing ropes, endless wall balls, slam balls, bars, fat bars, mobility tools and a custom pull up cage spanning the entire length of the building with built in wall ball targets and monkey bars, this facility is pretty much every crossfitters dream.
Owed by husband and wife Aaron and Alexis Weedo, the facility offers a full schedule of classes daily. Classes include a group warm up, a strength or skill portion, mobility work and a group WOD.
The classes themselves vary in size, but typically have at least 10-15 participants. The busier evening classes have two coaches to ensure everyone gets adequate attention and critique.
Form during movements is extremely important at this location, and coaches will spend time working one on one with individuals needing extra assistance. They will also limit the amount of weight participants lift if their form is questionable.
The community at this box is second to none. Although I am biased in this regard, we as a whole make an effort to make any new participant feel very welcome. Before each class the coaches ask that we introduce ourselves to anyone we don’t already know, and often times will pair us off during strength allowing for interaction, cheering and friendships to form.
New members interested in Crossfit will enroll in an Elements program, walking them through the basics for each movement before entering into a general class setting.
The ages and abilities of the members of Crossfit LWR differ greatly, and the coaches are able to tailor their coaching and style to every level of athlete. Though I would remiss if I didn’t point out that there are some very serious athletes at this location, and as a beginner be prepared that it might be intimating to see some of these men and women workout.
The coaches are quick to remind us though that every movement is scalable. At Crossfit LWR expect to “leave your ego at the door and your sweat on the floor” and get a great workout.