Top Ten CrossFit Gyms In the US

CrossFit in its current form began in 2000. Since then, it has grown and grown with no end in sight. In 2005 there were just 13 CrossFit affiliated gyms. Now there are over 7,000. In fact, opening a CrossFit gym is a potentially sound business venture considering that you have a 98% chance of success when you open one.

With the number of participants growing day by day, and the number of gyms (or "boxes" as they are called in the CrossFit world) also increasing, you might find yourself in a situation where you can pick and choose which gym to workout in. In fact, in some towns there is a question of oversaturation, causing gyms to compete with each other for clients.

Below is a list of the top ten CrossFit boxes, or gyms, in the United States. This list is based on quality of training, variety of equipment and services, and the overall culture of the members. The format is the name of the gym, then the city, state it is located in. Be sure to say why the gym is the best...

The Top Ten

Outlaw CrossFit – Alexandria, Virginia

One of the first 100 CrossFit boxes in the world, this gym has it all. Classes 5 days a week and specializes in a hybrid CrossFit and Westside Barbell style of training to get you strong fast. Discounts also available.

Challenged every day in a new way. This place changed the way I workout for life. I haven't gone to this gym for almost 2 yrs because of a move but I still follow their weekly blog that's published and still feel connected to the Outlaw family there. The lifting emphasis is key and makes such a difference in overall health.

Dirty, loud and heavy. Great people and the coaches know their stuff.

Never been to outlaw but have been following the programming for a year and a half. Constant gains in both strength and capacity since starting. Rudy Can't Fail!

I Am CrossFit - Miami, Florida

Upper keys location is so friendly with a great community and so much support from everyone not just the coaches. However Melissa, Jonathan and Ryan are the best. But all the I am Crossfit locations deserve a round of applause! Open 7 days a week and everybody is welcome and feels welcomed the minute they walk in the door!

I love the Upper Keys CrossFit. The coaches (Ryan, Melissa and Elves) are excellent at teaching and motivating. Everyone roots for each other, and there is a feeling of closeness between all members and coaches. It is a difficult workout, but I love it, and that is why I am there 5 days a week.

Nutrition, yoga, boxing, kids classes, this gym has it all. Boasting the largest membership is south Florida, this gym has everything - including their own competition series for the members. They also participate in charity work to give back to the community.

Great culture! Informed and professional coaches!

Northwest CrossFit - Seattle, Washington

With four locations and many, many members, it would be easy to lose the sense of community that draws people into CrossFit and keeps them coming back. The coaches and members at this box (these boxes) put their heart and soul into creating a tight-knit community and ensuring each member is engaged in it. The programming is diverse and allows elite athletes to push themselves in special clinics and competition programs while allowing beginners to learn and grow at a safe, comfortable pace. The coaches are awesome at teaching and stressing proper form and range-of-motion on every rep of every set.

With up to a dozen classes a day at each location there's always a class that fits my life schedule. Other commenters have captured the supportive and knowledgeable nature of the coaching and community but it goes well beyond that. Northwest CrossFit has an event staff that constantly comes up with fun and engaging events outside the box that include friendly competitions, specialty clinics, health and nutrition seminars and activities like scavenger hunts. It's a great community and a great box. I'm in, for life.

Super popular for good reasons. This box boasts one of the best layouts in the land. Tons of equipment and room to breathe. They take care of their employees with full health and medical insurance and ongoing education. The love gets returned to the members.

I love the social, team atmosphere. Everyone is friendly and accepting. The coaches really care that beginners learn the correct form because they don't want them to get hurt.

Windy City CrossFit - Chicago, Illinois

This gym offers a unique Athlete's Development program designed to help you prep for competitions like the CrossFit Games. Hosting 80 classes each week, they also make an effort to profile their individual members on their website to help motivate you to get your gains. Lots of space and lots to do.

Expert coaches, smart programming!

Greatest box in the nation!

The box has a great energy and so many classes. Regular WODs, Oly, strength and condition classes. The offer speciality traing training traxs. One the most popular traxs is a woman fitness. The coaches are all awesome, various styles and all engaging. It's huge!

College Hill CrossFit - Greensboro, North Carolina

I LOVE College Hill SO much! I recently moved to another state and literally tried over 20 boxes, and still didn't find anyone who compared to CHC, or even came close. My first month there (I had just moved to the area) I participated in a big competition, and there was this HUGE outpouring of support and encouragement, cheering me on as if I had been there for years. It really touched my heart and meant so much to me. The coaches are truly passionate about CrossFit and about coaching. They are knowledgeable and know each athlete and how to help each athlete as an individual. The community is the epitome of what a CrossFit community is supposed to be. They are family that truly care about each other and want the best for each other. From the first day I walked in and every day after I literally felt so happy inside because the gym radiates a strong positive energy. There is a strong atmosphere and spirit of unity and acceptance and just fun. Pam, the owner, is OUTSTANDING and quite ...more

I've been at this box since opening day! They helped me develop into a better athlete than I ever thought possible. Great coaches, Great members, Great facility, Great class time options. Cannot imagine my life without this place!

Exceptional coaching; inspiring, loving, welcoming community; organized, professional owner. I cannot say enough good things about College Hill Crossfit!

Exceptionally run by extremely knowledge staff. High class coaching and unbeatable community!

810 CrossFit - Grand Blanc, Michigan

The coaches at 810 are world class. They have also consistently placed coaches and members into the Crossfit Regionals. JOe and Liz are exceptional people, focusing programming on elite fitness but doing so with a flexibility to allow newcomers and those who are not "crossfit games" level to really improve their strength and conditioning. As a testament, there are more than a few members who drive up to an hour to work out with there. The community at 810 is fantastic that rolls over into everyday life where many members organize socially with each other too.

I left my original gym where I had a rather disappointing experience- mentally unhealthy community, subpar coaching, etc etc- and I found this magical happy place in 810 CrossFit. From the first day I felt welcomed and supported and enjoyed crossfit training so much more. The coaches are exceptional, the community is amazing- I no longer work out at 810 because the drive from where I love was just too far (hey guys this is Trish ;)), but I miss it dearly! 810

Such an amazing all around gym! Supportive and knowledgeable coaches. Always watching for and teaching good technique. The 810 community is wonderful! Wherever you are in your fitness journey you are welcomed. I have gained a confidence I never had before and a supportive helpful family. So proud to be a part of 810! Love 810

The coaches are amazing! They have helped me to get out of my comfort zone, that has given me so much confidence in all areas of my life. The members are very encouraging, I've never felt that in any other gym I've belonged to. I'm a member of 810 for life!

Santa Cruz CrossFit – Santa Cruz, California

Not only is this gym run by a brother and sister team who were coached by Greg Glassman (the founder of CrossFit), but they cater to all sorts of people from the working professionals to the professional athletes. They also offer discounts for students, military, and first responders.

San Francisco CrossFit - San Francisco, California

One of the very first affiliated gyms, this one has gained fame due to Kelly Starrett and his Mobility WOD YouTube channel. And his books. If you want to get the best training about the bio-mechanics of your body, this is the place to go. The box also offers CrossFit for kids and teens, as well as programs for running, gymnastics, weightlifting, movement/mobility, and CrossFit endurance.

Carl Paoli is there that's all you need to know!

Titan CrossFit - Cockeysville, Maryland

I absolutely love this place! I have been a member for 3 years and am in the best shape of my life! The coaches are incredibly knowledgeable. The equipment is top notch. The members are friendly and encouraging. Whether you are looking to get fit or rock the competitive world, Titan will help you get there.

Titan CrossFit is amazing! This place really makes you feel like you are a part of a family! The coaches are awesome! I love Titan and am so happy I joined! Thank you Nick, Jaime and all the other coaches for making Titan so Great!

Awesome coaches and great community. Lots of classes to choose from! The owners created a great workout environment but also encourage socializing with fellow athletes. My favorite place to be!

What can I say! The coaches, the owners, the gym and the Titan athletes are AMAZING! There are 3 gyms walking distance from my home and I drive 30 minutes to Titan! Life changing experience. It's a family!

Reebok CrossFit 5th Ave - New York, New York

10,000 square feet of CrossFit pain. All the equipment you could ever want and specialty classes to keep your body guessing. They even have Yoga. Don't forget that there's a Reebok Fit-Hub store attached to the gym...

The Contenders

CrossFit Central - Austin, Texas

Crossfit Central was the first box I ever had the pleasure of working out at. Since then, I've tried several boxes over the last several years and always find myself comparing those to Crossfit Central. Their coaches, facility, and energy are amazing. From the second you walk in and are greeted by the always smiling front desk person, to the coaches and class. It truly is an excellent gym. I would recommend this gym over any other in the Austin, Texas area.

I tried other Crossfit gyms in Austin, and none could compare to Crossfit Central. Their coaches are truly top notch. The programming is stellar. And most importantly, they make sure you stay committed by belonging to a home room class that you must attend or otherwise notify your coach... Talk about holding you accountable! I've never wanted to come back for more pain so badly than after joining crossfit central.

CrossFit Central is hands down the best CrossFit box I have been to. They have phenomenal facilities, top of the line coaches and great programming. They also have programs for every range of athletes and are genuinely interested in you meeting your goals! Glad I was able to train there for awhile.

Crossfit Central has amazing coaches and a lot of classes to choose from. They have great community events and have added flex classes in addition to your scheduled classes. The owners are awesome are always available to help.

CrossFit LoDo - Denver Colorado

What a great place - location, atmosphere and membership! A fun group of coaches, who continually guide, instruct, push the members all the while keeping us safe! The membership is pretty awesome as well. We have a great time while pushing ourselves and each other to success. When in Denver, you have to try this place out!

Fitness isn't one thing, it is everything, and this gym allows members and drop ins to seek their own fitness goals while providing advanced programming and coaching to help.

I've been to many Crossfit gyms, but the coaches here are very educated and by far the best to work with. It's a great family.

Love this place! Been going for over a year, strong community, great coaches, and excellent programming.

CrossFit F3 - Winter Springs, Florida
CrossFit Fenway - Boston, Massachusetts

They max their classes out at 10 people to make sure you get the specialized coaching you need. They offer all levels of classes including competitor training and endurance training. Space and options galore.

Fantastic box. Great coaches, equipment, and location (in the shadow of Fenway Park). Small classes and super-friendly environment. There is a reason it is near of the top of everyone's list of boxes to drop in for a WOD.

BOOM! Eric is the man

12 Labours - Baltimore, Maryland

They greet you like you are a family member, with open arms, and a smiling face. Extremely well trained to provide for each and every client, from the absolute beginner to the advanced, competitive athlete to satisfy their needs/goals.

Incredible coaching staff, warm open community, and thoughtful programming. There is something for everyone here, regardless of whether a top notch athlete or someone just getting into fitness.

Experienced and attentive coaches, and a friendly and supportive community. A great space for the timid novice up to and including the games competitor!

Amazing coaches and the best community out there!

Flagship CrossFit - San Francisco, California

Awesome space in San Francisco with amazing coaches

CrossFit StoneAgeFuel - Reno, Nevada

Professionalism in coaching | Focus on movement mechanics and consistency | Creating a love of fitness for the entire family |

CrossFit Reborn - Bowie, Maryland

Emphasizing the importance of comradery or each one help/teach one, Reborn has made it possible for most athletes who walk through its doors to realize his or her inner and physical strength. With dynamic and knowledgeable coaching and athletes who yearn to learn and grow, whether it be to maintain or reach fitness goals or prepare for competition, we all bring our skills and talents to this Box. With that, we have positioned ourselves to set the bar high for local and national Crossfit facilities. Reborn stresses the importance of mobility first and then developing strength and endurance. #rebornstrong

Reborn forges an atmosphere where family/comradery takes precedent followed by mobility/functional movement, strength, and endurance. Many have walked through our doors gaining a sense of inner and physical strength. Though we are not the largest Box, Reborn has positioned itself to set the bar high for local and national Crossfit facilities. With dedicated knowledgeable coaches and athletes wanting to grow and learn along side each other, Reborn breaks the mold. #rebornstrong

The best this side of town with good beer

Great coaches! I'm the best me I've been in a long while! #rebornstrong

CrossFit 580 - Livermore, California
D3 CrossFit - Renton, Washington
CFP the Pitt - Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Roanoke Valley CrossFit - Roanoke, Virginia

Crossfit Roanoke Valley has been a life changer for me. I started at zero fitness level at age 50 and found a welcoming, nonjudgmental, and very encouraging atmosphere. The highly trained coaches and members are always ready to encourage, help and make working out fun. Even though we work hard the time goes by really fast because your completely engaged and having fun, the programming is ever changing, progressive and interesting. It is also scalable, so even though I work out with some uber athletes, I am always getting a great workout, making improvements and I can feel great about what my body can do too. Progress here is trackable and the improvements are impressive. I always leave Roanoke Valley Crossfit feeling better than I did when I got there. I have made leaps and bounds in my ability to function in the gym as well as in everyday life. I feel and function like I am 10+ years younger in just 6 months training here. The time commitment for the results is impressive! All I have ...more

I've been a member of RVCF since April 2012 and in that time I've learned that I am stronger than I thought I was and can do things I didn't think were possible. I am also having a lot of fun doing basic body weight movements and skill work that I haven't done successfully since I was in elementary school - climbing ropes, pull-ups, push-ups, jumping rope, etc... I have always been active and have competed in mostly endurance events, but I am much stronger since joining RVCF. As a middle-aged (ouch.. ) woman I know how important it is to remain active and do weight lifting so that I can remain vital and strong for another 50 years. As a professional I know how important exercise is to mental agility and confidence. The coaches at RVCF are awesome. Don't let anyone tell you that CrossFit is extreme exercise. Bull! We are doing basic mobility, body weight, and weight lifting exercises. No one has pushed me to do anything that has been dangerous for me or beyond my capabilities. I ...more

I am a new member at Roanoke Valley Crossfit as well as a first time Crossfitter. I feel welcomed by everyone I talk to in my time slot They are always willing to answer any questions that I may have. The coaches are knowledgeable and there is emphasis placed on proper form to avoid injury. If I need to scale a movement because I lack the strength to perform the real thing, the coach is always there to help me make modifications. I never feel like I am failing because I can not do a real pull up, muscle up or a dip yet. I am being taught moves that will progress me to being able to. It is an awesome feeling when you finish in the gym. I wish I had done this a decade ago. I have a lot further to travel on my road to fitness, but know that Tim and the other coaches will help me succeed. -Sara Arrington

If you were to limit your criteria to just the level of knowledge of the coaches... or just to the quality of the equipment... or just to the feeling of community among the members----Roanoke Valley Crossfit would still be in the top 10. But when you factor in the commitment to EACH and EVERY member by ALL the coaches... you have moved it into the top 5. Then when you factor in the willingness to help members beyond just the exercise routines... the nutrition, the less obvious known factors affecting your performance (amount of sleep, what time you're eating/working out, etc. ), the small nuances (slight change of grip/foot position/placement of hands on the bar/etc. ) you cannot help but place RVCF at the very top of any serious crossfit discussion.
This is a box that a small city like Roanoke VA is lucky to have. It could just as well belong in Atlanta, New York or some other large city.

CrossFit Wicked - Middleton, Massachusetts
CrossFit Southie - Boston, Massachusetts

I’ve been to boxes up and down the East Coast and this has been by far my favorite - not one but TWO side by side converted warehouses next to each other allows them to stagger classes every 30 Minutes during peak times. Tons of equipment, including separate Oly and Powerlifting areas. Super knowledgeable coaching staff thst caters to Games level competitors and beginners alike. Love this place.

CrossFit 248 - Farmington Hills, Michigan

CrossFit 248 is run by people who love CrossFit and love coaching others in CrossFit. The gym has great programming, quality equipment, a wide variety of classes and is run by exert coaches certified in many different areas of fitness. The gym has a ton of fun an has developed a tight knit community of athletes pursuing constant improvements in their health and fitness. CrossFit 248 was also recently voted one of the Top 5 CrossFit affiliates in Metro Detroit by CBS News!

The best coaches I've seen so far.

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