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Where to WOD: 17 San Diego CrossFit Gyms You Should Know

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This article originally appeared on fitness website, Fitt.co

CrossFit has made its mark on the fitness world, and it’s certainly making its mark on America’s Finest City with dozens of gyms (aka “boxes,” in the CrossFit world) opening around town. We’ve rounded up our San Diego favorites so you can get your WOD in before you hit the waves.

CrossFit ATR

CrossFit ATR was voted “San Diego’s Best CrossFit Gym” two years in a row for a reason. While the gym has all the usual CrossFit staples (barbells, gymnastic rings, and pull-up bars galore), the gym goes beyond the workout and emphasizes community and culture. Did we mention that the entire gym is decked out in bright, graffiti-style murals. Friends, art, and sweat? Sign us up.

CrossFit Invictus

Looking to compete? Looking to get back into shape? Looking to understand how to use the equipment? CrossFit Invictus has all your needs covered with eight different goal-based programs, nutrition coaching, and a paleo meal pick-up service. With three different locations (Point Loma, Sorrento Valley, and downtown) to fit members’ needs, CrossFit Invictus’ members are geared up to hit their target goals. Fitt Tip: CrossFit Invictus also offers a kids’ areas. No excuses for skipping your sweat session now!

CrossFit 858

Friday Night Lights is more than just a TV show at CrossFit 858. CrossFit 858 hosts “FNL” events to get members working out and celebrating together with potlucks, competitions, cookouts, and CrossFit Open viewings. The community vibes at this Mission Gorge box are almost as strong as the members.

CrossFit Humanity

Grow your muscles and your business at CrossFit Humanity in Mission Hills. CrossFit Humanity offers typical CrossFit training, but puts a heavy lift towards its community, offering after-hours events and a business directory to list members’ local businesses. Don’t just take our word for the strong community vibe — test it out yourself at their weekly free Saturday morning community class.

Bear Republic

Bear Republic is a rare beast in the wild in San Diego: a gym downtown! The gym offers a variety of classes, including functional fitness, bootcamp, mobility and conditioning, and weightlifting. Can’t beat traffic to make it to the a class? Bear Republic has you covered with open gym hours all day.

Stay Classy CrossFit

Out-of-town visitor to San Diego? Head to Stay Classy CrossFit in Barrio Logan. Conveniently throwin’ down near the San Diego Convention Center, Stay Classy is the perfect place to get your sweat in while you scope out the city. Don’t worry, though. Contrary to the gym’s name, Stay Classy’s killer workouts are pretty wicked.

CrossFit Windansea

Carry your surfboard to the barbells with this box in the heart of Pacific Beach. CrossFit Windansea takes advantage of its beachy location with tons of natural outdoor light and the breezy air from Mission Bay. We won’t tell if you head into Pacific Beach for some post-WOD fish tacos.

CrossFit Fortius 

CrossFit Fortius is new to the San Diego fitness scene, but quickly making an impression with three large locations across Linda Vista, Miramar, and downtown. The gym offers a variety of classes on top of CrossFit, including powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, yoga, and gymnastics, so members get a well-rounded fit experience. Fitt Tip: CrossFit Fortius extends a one-week free trial to San Diego locals.

CrossFit Flood

Give FitFam a whole new meaning with CrossFit Flood’s unique CrossFit Kids program. Set up in Kearny Mesa, CrossFit Flood offers CF Kids programming on the weekends to build proper movement patterns and teach the importance of physical activity at a young age. CrossFit Kids overlaps with CrossFit Flood’s adult programming, so parents can finish their WOD in the same gym. Win-win.

KDA Athletics

Started from a garage, now we here. Based in Miramar, Knuckle Down Athletics (KDA) CrossFit had its humble beginnings in a La Jolla home garage. Between experienced competitive athletes and beginners, the gym outgrew the space and moved to its current location. Don’t worry — WODs that bring participants of every level were not lost in the move.

CrossFit Coronado 

CrossFit Coronado is a product of the gym’s proximity to the naval base. This box is founded by two Navy SEALs who created programming uniting gymnastics, bodyweight movements, strength training, and endurance exercises. Muscle & Fitness named this gym one of the toughest workouts in America — for good reason! Fitt Tip: CrossFit Coronado offers free trial classes every Saturday.

CrossFit Del Mar

Head north to CrossFit Del Mar, a box that offers CrossFit Kids, gymnastics, and bootcamp next to CrossFit classes and open gym time. Not only does the gym vary its programming, it welcomes in youth, high school, collegiate, and professional sports teams to boost strength, flexibility, speed, and endurance.

CrossFit Ocean Beach

CrossFit Ocean Beach brings the box to the beach. Just three blocks from the beach in Ocean Beach, this gym takes advantage of sunny San Diego and brings WODs to their outdoor training area or to the beach, weather permitting. But, trust us — staying inside isn’t so bad either. The large gym offers a huge Olympic weightlifting floor, Rogue infinity racks, and a sled-pull area in the downstairs garage. Feeling overwhelmed? CrossFit Ocean Beach can help you there, offering personal training and fundamentals courses to get you on track.

CrossFit East County

Head east to CrossFit East County for a workout that’s anything but easy. CrossFit East County breaks down workouts between L1 (tough) and L2 (tougher) depending on participant experience, but also offers kids classes and masters conditioning for individuals 55+. Fitness for all; what could be better?

Performance360 

Does the CrossFit name intimidate you? Head to Performance360: the perfect spot for CrossFit beginners. While Performance360 is not a full-fledged CrossFit box (CF loyalists are probably screaming), the Pacific Beach gym offers Olympic lifting, barbell strength training, and conditioning influenced by traditional CrossFit workouts. The gym also throws in kettlebell training, athletic plyometrics, and weekend flow yoga to round it out. And, while the gym isn’t a affiliate CrossFit gym, trust us when we say the daily workout is killer.

San Diego Athletics

This is not your average CrossFit box. Sure, this gym in the heart of the business district has classic CrossFit classes, but what they also have is a Competitors Class (for those who need a little Olympic and powerlifting in their lives) and STRONG, that focuses on strength training and aesthetics. And CrossFit aside, they also offer yoga classes for when you need to slow things down and stretch it out. Fitt Tip: this gym is three blocks from the beach, so after you sweat you can soak up some rays, or take a dip to cool off.

Outlier CrossFit

At this 6,000-square-foot CrossFit facility in Grantville, community is key — and you’re in good hands. The expert trainers will have your back through every box jump, power snatch, and double under. And you better believe they’re going to stick around after class to chat and make sure you feel good about your workout. Can’t get enough of Outlier CrossFit? They regularly host community events so you can hang with your fit fam outside the gym, too.

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