Try to observe, or better yet, experience a class in person. Who is in class next to you? If you’re unfamiliar with CrossFit or just getting started, you should look for gyms where members come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, limber and perhaps having some physical limitation such as a bad knee, back, shoulder, etc. Do you see coaches modifying workouts individually for their members’ needs? Or does it appear to be a one size fits all class where everyone fends for themselves?
Does the gym integrate advanced members with those who are new without creating “class warfare” within the box? While competitive programming and advanced classes have their place, we think gyms who choose to integrate (vs. separate) their community and fitness levels are usually the ones delivering a more inclusive, supportive, non-judgmental and drama-free environment.