Last week I review CrossFit Durango and this week I review the first box I visited in Grand Junction: CrossFit WestCo.
Apparently fate loves CrossFit because when we pulled into town we had a few hours to spare before we could check into our hotel. We decided to go downtown and shop and find something to eat and as I pulled into the parking space my wife noticed a CrossFit just a few store fronts down from where I parked. I walked in and asked about getting a workout in the next morning and the owner, Kristin, was very pleasant and, as expected, she didn’t have an issue with me coming in and buying a t-shirt in trade for a workout (it’s pretty common in CrossFit to do this for drop-ins and I am getting a nice collection of cool CrossFit t-shirts).
When we sat down for lunch I Google’d CrossFit on my phone and saw that CrossFit Red was like a half of a mile from our hotel and thought about going there for my first WOD rather than WestCo. The other box in Grand Junction is CrossFit Junction and I have heard of them before (I think some LoDo’ers went there for a competition last year) so I was going to hit that box for sure. While Kristen was very nice the convenience of going to a box almost right around the corner would win.
I tried looking for the CrossFit Red website: no luck. Tried calling them when I got to the hotel: number disconnected. We even drove by where it was supposedly located: nothing. The CrossFit Affiliate Locator showed it active but didn’t show CrossFit WestCo. Same with Google. That night I finally went to the CrossFit WestCo website and got my answer: read here. In talking to the coach the following morning it sounded like the CrossFit Red folks weren’t the best business people as they were letting a lot of folks workout for free.
Anyway, I am glad it worked out the way it did. David Weaver is the head coach at CrossFit WestCo and he is hilarious. During the warmup he had everyone laughing and I quickly realized why this was by far the biggest early AM class I had ever seen. There were at least 15 people there. Maybe 20. It was a really big 5am class.
We did “Annie” for the WOD and I could feel my abs for a few days after (mainly because my workout at CrossFit Junction the next morning would obliterate my already wounded abs with weighted planks). After the WOD we went outside and did max effort 40 yard dashes 10 times which added to the fun of the class. Everyone was having a good time trying to time when Weaver would call “GO!” to start the run, racing each other and just plain having fun. It was great.
It was so awesome that I almost went there again the next morning as opposed to going to Junction. If you live in the area you MUST give WestCo a try. Great people.
Weaver also showed how much he loves to coach as he gave me a pretty good coaching on muscle-ups. I am always curious how the coaches will interact with me when I drop-in. They could easily just give me little to no attention other than to make sure I don’t hurt myself or they could really invest some time and provide pointers or in David’s case, really spend some extra time with me on a movement that wasn’t even part of the class.
You can tell the box is new. There isn’t much on the walls and I think they are still trying to figure out how to sort their weights. There is a lot of floor space and I think they could put some of their weights along the walls and still have plenty of room. Even with a class as big as the one I attended there was plenty of room for everyone to perform “Annie”. Pay the looks no mind, they will get better and if all of the coaching is half as good as David, well, that is truly what matters.
Along with Bold City CrossFit in Jacksonville, CrossFit WestCo has been my favorite box to workout at to date.