June 6, 2012
CrossFit Mid Hudson (NY).
Affiliate Name: CrossFit Mid Hudson.
Affiliate Owner: Justin Stauss.
Affiliate Since: April 2011.
Location: Highland, NY.
Square Footage: 2,800 sf.
Number of Members? 70 and growing.
Number of Trainers? 3 male, 2 female.
Describe your gym culture in one word: Family.
Most used piece of gear in your gym? Barbells.
Advice you wish you had been given: The time that was need to be put in to run a successful box. A lot.
What question you would love to ask other affiliate owners: Ask about their programming.
Workout or movement that elicits the most groans in your affiliate: Murph.
Coolest WOD: Almost all of them.
Favorite CrossFit saying: "Get Some."
Complete the sentence: CrossFit should ... bring positive energy in to your life. Both mentally and physically.Posted by Lisbeth at June 6, 2012 12:05 AM
I joined CFMH on Feb 1 of this year and it has made a HUGE difference in my life. The trainers are awesome, the members are fantastic, energetic, and supportive.
It really is a family. I was scratching my head when, after only two weeks, a member (a kid still in high school) offered to watch my two young daughters in my house or at the box so I could WOD. I'm pretty sure he had better things to do but was willing to help out. What was stranger was that I felt totally comfortable with it. We have several high school kids at our box and they exhibit a great deal more maturity than their same-age peers. CFMH is the first environment I've been in where trust and camaraderie is the INITIAL impression, typically it takes time to build.
I've developed friendships with many of the members and I would go out of my way (as I would for other friends and family) for them, if they were in need.
Beyond the family aspect, CFMH's trainers are really top-notch and they seem to intuitively understand who needs/wants to be ridden like a Shetland pony and who needs gentle encouragement. I like that about them as I would expect to be cracked on the back of the legs if I gave up (without injury) in a WOD but my wife, when she joins in the fall, wouldn't appreciate being browbeaten -- the trainers get that and know how to push us so we can individually operate at our max output.
I was skeptical at first, given that it's way more expensive than a traditional gym membership but when I saw the benefits (physically as well as mentally/socially) I was getting, it was a no-brainer.
CFMH has recently started a CrossFit Kids program and although it is in its infancy (it started a month ago), my two young daughters both attend and enjoy the sessions.
I am sure there are many great boxes out there but I only have experience with one, CrossFit Mid Hudson, and that experience has been fantastic -- more than I expected or even could have hoped for!
There we go, a little love for CrossFit Mid Hudson. Been a member for a little over a month and everyone here is amazing. Been a great experience.
I've been CrossFitting for 2 months now at CrossFit Mid Hudson, and it has vastly improved my life both in a physical/activity sense and in a social sense. Owner Justin Strauss is absolutely right when he describes the box culture as family -- a welcoming, up-beat and supportive family. Everyone visibly enjoys each other's company. The positive energy doesn't create a lax environment -- instead, in the words of "The Six Million Dollar Man" it makes you stronger, faster, better -- it unleashes you to go for more than you might otherwise attempt anywhere else, to strive for progress without fear of failure. There's a lot of very strong, very happy people at this box, and it's a pleasure to be a part of.
I've been a member of CFMH for about 3 months now and I can't imagine ever going back to a "regular" gym. I've always been active, but cross fitting has kicked it up a notch, made me stronger and faster, and always has me talking about "the crazy WOD" when I'm hanging out with friends.
To put it quite simply...CrossFit Mid Hudson gave me back myself.
I have been a member of CFMH for the past 6 months and I don't think I could ever be part of a better community. The support you receive from not only your trainers but your peers as well, is what drives me to go.
Where else but CF can you throw 75lb balls of cement on your shoulder!
I love my CF family!
I have been a member since shortly after CFMH opened. Suffice it to say that when I joined I was a physically broken man. Surgeries had sidelined me for a number of years by doctors orders. CFMH and Justin have made me feel the better than I thought I would ever feel at 51. Did anyone mention the our Box is family. I'm not sure what I like more, the WOD's or the people. Without both it would be just another Box. No offense to other Box's in our area but we got it all at CFMH.