Crossfit 941 is a new box that opened recently in Bradenton, FL. Located just off of SR 64 in an industrial park, this storefront location is pretty much the epitome of what you would expect a new box to be. The modest indoor space has 10 lifting platforms, a pull up cage, and an array of barbells, kettle bells, slam balls and weight plates.
I attended a 5:30 p.m. class on a Monday evening that had 8 people in it, all ranging in ages and abilities. I arrived around 10 minutes early and filled out a waiver, and was shown the foam rollers and LX balls should I want to do any mobility.
Two things struck me most about this box.
First off, the coaching was pretty exceptional. The coach leading my class, Kevin, was meticulous and thorough. Demonstrating every exercise in detail himself before having the class execute the reps. He and Chris then worked individually with everyone in class, giving coaching to those who needed it most to correct form, but always making sure that everyone had attention.
Secondly, this class was very small and very quiet compared to what I’m accustomed to. Granted, I am close friends with many of the members at my box, but even without it our classes are generally chatty, encouraging and all around loud. In this group, it was usually only the coaches who spoke.
All in all, I would say that I had a great experience at Crossfit 941. I see this box being a great fit for someone of any ability due to the quality of the coaching, but I can especially see beginners exceling here. While I didn’t experience much of a competitive environment or motivation between class members, that’s not to say it doesn’t exist on days where there is less technique or a partner WOD.