The top of the west coast is approaching fast. Vancouver will be our last stop before we head east to make our new home in Baltimore, Maryland. We stayed with friends about an hour outside of the city in Vancouver and enjoyed our first home cooked meal in 10 days. The next day we woke up guzzling the CrossFit Kool-Aid after taking two rest days.
We made our way into the city and found CrossFit BC. As always our eyes were wide open and filled with excitement as we walked into the facility. Unlike the majority of warehouse style boxes this was also a Karv Maga studio. It had fully matted floors with mirrors and was long and narrow. We were greeted at a front desk and charged $44.00 for the WOD. To their defense, it was a receptionist at the front desk; the owner did not know who we were. It was the first time all trip we were charged a drop in fee. As an affiliate owner, well, former affiliate owner, I respect the need to run your facility and charge what you are worth, but we should give each other a free pass right?
Troy the owner greeted us as we walked past the front desk and every single person who walked in also introduced themselves. It was welcoming and refreshing to meet everyone before the workout started. Troy, who is a games competitor and qualified again this year led an awesome warm up and gave us some great insight for the snatch, OHS, muscle up WOD that was about to rain down on us. We squeezed in to the tight space nicely and kicked off an awesome workout. Troy and an intern coach were both there to watch, correct and encourage.
Just prior to the workout one of the members introduced himself and said “I know a Geo who CrossFits.” I thought it was funny and it only took us another five seconds to make the connection. It was Ryan S. the co founder of Social WOD. I had his business partner Kareem on Fitrilla for an interview a few months back. It was the first time I was semi recognized for my work on Fitrilla; my fan total is now up to three including my fiance’! It was great to connect with Ryan, he hooked me up with a free T-shirt and encouraged me to have Troy the owner of CrossFit BC on the show.
Troy affiliated about six years ago and has since opened up three CrossFit locations. He sold one and currently owns CrossFit BC and Crossfit West Vancouver. He has managed to build an amazing community at CF BC, which I experienced first hand. I hope to have him on the show in a few weeks to share all he has learned about expanding his business.
We are now 12 days in about 2,500 miles away from our original staring point of San Diego, CA. In the next post I will reflect on the journey overall; including the experience, the constant soreness and the valuable information I took away that will directly impact your CrossFit gym.