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CrossFit Rosslyn Now Open

by Katie Pyzyk February 2, 2012 at 10:45 am 8,578 122 Comments

Arlington is now home to another exercise facility, with yesterday’s opening of CrossFit Rosslyn (1100 Wilson Blvd).

The training center is connected to Verve Health & Fitness near the Rosslyn metro. Verve Co-owner Michael Lin explained that part of the existing facility was partitioned off to add CrossFit. Lin believes offering both CrossFit style workouts and more traditional exercise options benefits customers.

“I believe the balance is very important to keep a person as healthy and capable as physically possible,” said Lin.

Lin said there are pluses and minuses to setting up shop in an area that already has a number of CrossFit options, such as the new one coming to Ballston or the one that just closed in Clarendon. But he’s not interested in the competition.

“We’re not doing this to dominate the CrossFit business,” Lin said. “We’re doing this to expand the service to our clients and customers. I think it’s a move in a positive direction for everyone.”

Unlike many other CrossFit facilities which can’t provide showers due to space restrictions, customers can purchase a membership to use Verve’s showers. The facility also touts a unique training program for people of all fitness levels that will build relationships as well as bodies.

“People who are just average Joes are really gonna benefit from CrossFit,” said Lin.

Lin likes the idea of the dual purpose facility so much, that if the decision is ever made to add additional Verve locations, they will also be split facilities to include CrossFit. But for now, he’s content to just stick with the Rosslyn location.

“We’re happy to be a part of the community,” Lin said. “Rosslyn is a funny city where most people go home after work, so I think it will help to have more hang out places for people to go after work. Whether it’s for happy hour or places to eat or places to work out together.”

As part of the grand opening, CrossFit Rosslyn will hold an open house next month. On March 3 from 12:00-3:00 p.m., visitors can try free workouts and yoga classes.

  • SoMuchForSubtlety

    Awesome! Get fit everyone!!

  • charlie

    will they have valet parking?

    • MichaelL

      We validate parking before 8am and after 5pm on weekdays, and all day on Sat and Sun.

  • Runner

    this is not listed as an affiliate on corssfit’s site. what gives?

    • Rebecca

      I don’t see how this can be a true crossfit box because it has mirrors. I think they are faking the funk.

      • agreed

        Yeah agreeed plus:
        “People who are just average Joes are really gonna benefit from CrossFit,” said Lin.
        From that previous crossfit discussion an average joe couldn’t handle what they do – so it must be a fake 🙂

        • MichaelL

          We are affiliated with CrossFit.

    • CW

      RUH ROHHHH!!!!!

      Let’s hope for their sake that it is a mistake and they just haven’t been listed, or Mr. His Holiness Coach Reebok Glassman is going to unleash the fury of a thousand squat-cleans on poor Mr. Lin via his well-metabolically-conditioned legal team

      • JamesE

        He will be forced to do 100 dead lifts at 45 lbs with poor form.

        • Rebecca

          JamesE: Have you been to a real crossfit before? Obviously you haven’t. You can’t just show up to crossfit and start doing deadlifts and clean presses, snatches, etc. You have to go through a foundations training and after you test out, can you start doing the regular stuff. There’s no bad form with crossfit and no bad attitudes (yet another reason why I know you haven’t been)

          • CW

            That is not true at all. One of the most longstanding criticisms of crossfit WODs is that the volume is such that form breaks down, especially in exercises where form is traditionally imperative. Look at Grace, the most talked-about offender. Originally 30 C&J for time, now interpreted to be 30 floor-to-lockout any way you want. No oly lifting coach in his right mind would dream of 30 reps of C&J. It is a power movement designed for a few explosive reps at max.

          • Rich Froning

            CW- Looks like you’ve got it all figured out. Good for you.

          • CW

            How’s the weather down in TN?

          • JamesE

            high volume power lifts is just asking for injury. I find my sets x reps dwindling as I age. The combination of increased weights + aging is not working out to well for me.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Rebecca, I can’t tell if your comment back to JamesE is meant to be sarcastic or not. If so, brilliant work. If not, then I don’t know what to say…

          • Maria

            I really don’t think it was.

          • Sherley

            yeah, sadly, it seemed non-sarcastic but could be a tough call

      • rosslyn

        They are on the affiliate map.

        • CW

          Ok, cool. They’re not on the drop-down list on the left hand side of the mainsite. Maybe that’s only for boxes with websites.

  • Steamboat Willie

    I’ll condense the next 50 comments into a single entry and save everyone the time:

    CrossFit is the best. It’s a family, not a cult. If you criticize CrossFit you don’t understand it and you can’t handle the intensity. CrossFit members shout because they love what they are doing and if you criticize that, then you can’t handle the workouts and you’re jealous of the bonds of loyalty. CrossFit rules, and it is better than any workout you are doing, have ever done, or could possibly dream of doing. But you can’t handle it and a CrossFit workout would make you puke and crawl home crying to Momma.

    • JamesE
    • A runner

      Steamboat – Don’t forget part II of that response:

      “Also, you seriously need to get on the paleo diet! What’s that? You’ve never heard of Paleo?!?!?”

      • Andrew

        I thought it was all about the zone diet? Are we doing paleo now?

        • A runner

          Definitely bro! Bring out your inner hunter/gatherer!

        • Sherley

          I gathered a while back that there was somewhat of a rift in the community. Glassman likes the Zone (clearly doesn’t follow it himself) but a lot of members are into Paleo. All that matters now is what Reebok thinks.

    • Maria

      I didn’t think it was a cult until I read some of these comments….

      (kidding… kind of ;))

    • Ted

      Hate to break it to you “Steamboat”, Rebecca and other CF purists. Not everyone is interested in CF, nor is it the only and or toughest workout around And yes, I’ve been to a few boxes

  • nunya

    are there officially more crossfit boxes than starbucks in arlington now?

    • Sherley

      +1

    • dancer

      Points awarded.

  • rosslyn

    If they were really opening CrossFit Rosslyn to benefit Verve members (and they’re not interested in competition), they’d lower the prices instead of charging the same as the other crossfit gyms in the area.

    • CW

      Now there’s a comment i can get behind!

      • rosslyn

        It’s true.

        • CW

          No, I agree. Sadly, it’s just the price of floor space that keeps the costs so high. I love the workouts and the exercise program (not all the other baggage, though), and would join if it weren’t so expensive, but I figure I get 80% of the results using the crossfit mainsite, my $40 a month globo gym for strength/bodyweight/rowing, and the W-L track for circuits.

          • nunya

            +1

          • rosslyn

            I’m with ya. 200/month, plus the hassle of figuring out parking, or metroing…

          • rosslyn

            About a year ago, there was a trainer and client in the little park (Freedom Park/the skywalk area) next to/on top of the building Verve is in. Client was doing squats..with horrible, horrible form, and the trainer wasn’t correcting the form at all. Although, maybe it was before the trainers did any CrossFit certification…but still, shouldn’t they have known how to correct a client’s squat form? (Maybe that’s not something you learn as a regular non-cf trainer? I have no idea.)

          • bob

            I would hope any certified fitness trainer would know proper squat form. Probably just not paying attention, as a lot of them seem to do. I was at WSC in Alexandria the other day, and noticed one of the trainers texting on his phone while training a client and not really paying attention at all.

          • Suzie

            CW, which globo gym do you use? Fitness First in Courthouse has all the equipment and space needed to do WODs and is cheaper than $40/month. Also, the W-L track IS perfect for circuits, thank God we’ve had a mild winter.

          • CW

            If they’ve got rings and a lot of bumper plates I might seriously look into dropping my current globo. Do they?

          • rosslyn

            one set of rings in one workout area..there used to be a second set of rings but i think they’re not locking so not useful. they have 2 oly platforms with bumper plates in the main area, and then some more bumper plates in another room. much better than other gyms around here, but people get in the way SO often…

          • CW

            Wow, I had no idea they were at that level. Might switch. I doubt people are any more in the way than at my current place. I’d love a good oly platform and some ring muscle-ups.

  • Cry me a river.

    Waaaaahhhh.. Too many crossfits boxes in the area. I’m so sad. So sad people are getting in shape and feeling good about themselves. Waaaaahhhh…. these suck. I want more cupcake shops and burger shops. Waaaahhhh… crossfit is expensive and overpriced, how will I afford my $6 miller lites at happy hour? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • Andrew

      What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I’ve ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      • Awesome

        +100 Nice reference 🙂

      • actually…

        you made my point. complain complain complain about something you know nothing about. like everything else on this website. people complain.

        • Awesome

          He made your point? How? He quoted a movie, and it was funny. Lighten up.

  • Rebecca

    Dear Crossfitters: Let the people hate. Seriously. Think of the community you belong to and how encouraging and awesome everyone is. Now think if you had some douchebag in there complaining all the time with a bad attitude, not caring… do you want that? I don’t.

    • Andrew

      Awesome, so people who don’t care for Crossfit are douchebags? That’s awesome and encouraging!

      • rosslyn

        Yep, that is exactly what Rebecca was trying to say. Point made.

        • Steamboat Willie

          Awesome and Encouraging. YEAH!!! We’re the best, and by best, I mean better than you. CrossFit Love 4evah!!!!

          • agreed

            I would pay 200 a month just to have friends as awesome as youze

        • Rebecca

          Actually, Rossly, you didn’t get my point at all. I don’t want people crossfitting with me who don’t want to be there. I want people there that are encouraging and motivated. Not people there slumming it hoping to drop a few pounds. It’s forging elite fitness, not forging half @$$ attempts at a workout.

          • Quoth the Raven

            I didn’t know that “elite fitness” could be “forged”!! That’s awesome! Maybe I’ll just wander in there one day and give it a shot.

          • Steamboat Willie

            Forging elite fitness! Bwahahahaaaaa! The CrossFit zombies never disappoint with the unintentional comedy. What a cult.

          • rosslyn

            Rebecca, my comment was sarcastic, I totally agree to you and I was saying that Andrew’s comment made your point.

          • Not your bro

            You need a sense of humor . . . or something.

    • Your Mom

      Crossfit is a cross between aerobics with weights and chearleading. 30+ reps of powerlifts is asking for injury.

  • rosslyn

    Wait, if you join you have to purchase a separate membership to use the showers?

  • CrossFitnewbie

    It’s exciting to see so many CrossFit gyms in Arlington. I just started Foundations at Ballston CrossFit and love it! If you haven’t tried CrossFit before – recommend you check out a free class.

  • CrossFitnewbie Spam

    Oh really CrossFitNewbie? Facility hasn’t even opened yet. Thanks for the SPAM!

    • Well Actually

      I work in that office complex. The CrossFit gym in Ballston opened for their intro classes on Monday this week.

      • Maria

        Zing!

  • YutYut

    Sweet, showers for time. 3…2…1…Go! What a great way to “build relationships as well as bodies.” Super hot.

    • Sherley

      You should be careful, CrossFit trademarked 3…2…1..go!

  • I’m pretty sure Verve Fitness tried, or has their own version of functional training which was similar to CrossFit, I guess they decided it would be easier to join the boom.

    Coming soon to a Gold’s Near You GoldFit…

  • nunya

    today’s punxie phil wod:

    3x for time
    10 ground hog swings
    20 weighted pullups with ground hog
    30 farmers ground hog walks
    40 sweaty ground hog squats

    • Runner

      hahahaha

  • WingMan

    Save your $200 month and do the WOD thats on the website.

  • Great

    Great. We already have enough ugly women in this area, now all these women doing Crossfit are going to look even more mannish on top of being ugly.

    • Courthouse Res

      You’re ignorant. Lifting weights tones a woman’s body and doesn’t make it look more “mannish.”

      • Great

        Umm obviously you haven’t seen some of the Crossfit women I have. I am not into women with shoulders and trapezius muscles that look like a guy.

        • rosslyn
        • JamesE

          They are very toned but no where near body builder status, those women are just scary they actually do have man traps and probably shrug more than I do.

      • Andrew

        There is no such thing as “toning”. You either have muscle and low enough body fat to see it or you don’t.

        • Rebecca

          AMEN.

          • Andrew

            Glad we could agree on something.

  • WingMan

    $200 +/month and ugly women? NO Thanks!!!

    • Rebecca

      for realzzzz.. it’s bad enough we have a county filled will 90% of the men under 5’8. Sheesh! How will we procreate?!

      • JamesE

        Us shorter men can lift more due to our stubby limbs, it’s science!

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    • Runner

      coming soon spam-made simple

      • Richard Cranium

        You could possibly be in great shape – you obviously don’t watch enough TV to get the joke reference to the annoying John Basedow home workout video infomercial scam.

        • JamesE

          All I remember was his head was far too large for his body.

  • Your Mom

    When will this fad go away?????? The average Jane or Joe doesn’t know how to clean, jerk or snatch. I see lots of injuries in the future. Crossfit is a cross between a beefed up version of an aerobics class and cheerleading tryouts. Cupcakes, burger joints and crossfit….that’s what Arlington does.

    • Back

      You said jerk and snatch.

      • agreed

        I clean both of mine

    • we also have…

      Arlington also has the biggest bunch of complainers in the state. This website is a prime example. I think people get shot in other parts of the country to crying so much about pointless crap. Cupcakes: cry. Burger joints: Cry. Too many BWMs: Cry.

      Get over it. It’s a frigging gym.

      • Your Mom

        Nerds, nerds, nerds

      • Andrew

        Calm down…its all in good fun…most of it anyway.

    • rosslyn

      Clearly you know a lot about crossfit.

      (I don’t disagree that Arlington = cupcakes, burger joints, and crossfit though. But you forgot the overpriced happy hours and froyo places.)

      • nunya

        and starbucks. and brown flipflops.

        • Andrew

          Yeah, but everywhere has a lot of starbucks. Arlington needed something else and crossfit is filling the void.

  • Pot, meet my friend, Kettle…

    I come on this web site to complain about how much you all complain…

    Haha… really??

    • Pot, meet my friend, Kettle…

      Sorry, intended for “We also have…” didn’t hit reply.

  • JS

    There’s some crucial troll-age going on with this article.

    Bottom line:

    1. CrossFit is a great program, if the program is done correctly. If a little skepticism is displayed about some of the .com programming is reflected in an affiliates program, the workouts are amazingly effective.

    2. CrossFit is a strong community. It’s got a lot of good people in it who work hard and look to truly better their knowledge of working out, even if it goes against what Glassman has said. Glassman is a genius, but not all of what genius say are correct or at least not 100% correct. I’ve been involved with the CrossFit community for 2 1/2 years now and have met amazingly smart people and really good people as well.

    3. For those who bash it, give it a go and see if you can actually compete with a gyms fittest athlete… I have a feeling most of you couldn’t hang.

    I don’t even know why I felt compelled to write this because everyone knows:

    http://strangebeaver.com/gallery/albums/uploads/memes/hater/hgh-pink-pinp.jpg

    • not your bro

      “3. For those who bash it, give it a go and see if you can actually compete with a gyms fittest athlete… I have a feeling most of you couldn’t hang.”

      This kind of thing seems unnecessary.

      • agreed

        but it’s forging elite fitness….and awesomeness!

        • not your bro

          please stop the “crucial troll-age,” bro.

      • JS

        I probably should have phrased that differently. I didn’t mean to sound “elitest”… but then again… I’m on an internet commentary board…

        • yup

          and you ARE an elitist! congrats bro! will you friend me for $200? That’d be AWESOME

          • JS

            I don’t even go to a CrossFit gym currently, brah.

          • not your bro

            Can you explain what is “crucial troll-age”? “Brah”?

    • Your Mom

      What is your definition of an “fittest athlete”? Is it someone who is strong, runs fast, runs far, hits a baseball the best, scores the most goals? Depends on what you are trying to do. Crossfit has a lot of hype right now, but you can get the same sort of outcomes if you strength train and maintain a good cardio routine.

  • not your bro

    I don’t get what the big deal is about CF — many gyms have all the same equipment, and a lot of trainers I’ve worked with structure routines at least partially along CF lines. The bile spewed by some CF supporters in these comments and in the other thread about the one in Clarendon is a real turn-off. I do most of the same stuff they do, but now I’m glad I’m not doing it with them, anyway.

    • not your average bro

      That’s fine because you couldn’t hang anyway.

      • not your bro

        Bring it, brah.

        • u mad

          bro?

          • smarter than the average bro

            brah, he is so mad, bro

          • yup

            He needs to forge an elite bro-ness

  • Back

    What I don’t understand is why these Crossfitters pay over $200 a month when they can pay less than 1/3 of that and go to a normal gym and do the same workouts. Is it the fraternity aspect of it? Is it that they want to meet and pay for new friends?
    Any person could go to the Crossfit website and get the workout of the day info and then do that in a regular gym.
    Maybe it’s that these Crossfitters don’t have the will power to do it on their own so they need the community to push them to workout.
    Crossfit is fine I guess but the cost of it seems outrages when you could do the same thing on your own for a fraction of the cost.
    Think how many flip flops and burgers you could buy with the extra money, oh wait, are burgers not Paleo?

    • Andrew

      Because friends are cheap

      • Andrew

        I meant aren’t cheap…

        • doodle

          Mine are,,:(

    • jinushaun

      It is the community aspect. If working out by oneself was so easy, everyone would be doing it and be extremely fit, but they don’t. People find excuses and gradually stop going to the gym altogether. Or they go to the gym and lounge around barely doing anything. Same is true for marathon or triathlon training, yoga, swimming and cycling/spin. You can do all this stuff by yourself, it’s simply easier in a group with a trainer. You’re right. It is about will power. Psychologically, I think it’s a lot harder to skip a regularly scheduled class that you’ve paid for, than some random evening you decided to work out on.

      • dancer

        +1

  • It’s going to be ending of mine day, but before end I am reading this enormous paragraph to increase my know-how.

    • Richard Cranium

      Your random word generator appears to be misfiring.

      • not your bro

        very funny.

        Reminded me what a great thread this was . . .

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