Top 10 Best 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
1 Outlaw CrossFit - Alexandria, Virginia

I've been going to NW CrossFit for almost 2 years. The progress I have made is simply amazing! When I first started I could barely do a push up, let alone a renegade row. Now I'm easily doing renegade rows with 20# Barbells! At 50+ years of age I am in the best shape of my life! The community aspect is awesome! Everyone is very encouraging and supportive and the coaches are oustanding!

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.

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.

The outlaw way programming is the reason I started CrossFit. As an exercise science major I interpreted "constantly varied" as "random." This was the first CrossFit gym I came across that utilized a periodized strength and conditioning template.

2 810 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

This gym does not have the biggest space or best equipment, but they boast an incredible coaching staff! Owner Joe Degain is a flow master for CrossFit HQ and leads a talented staff, which includes 3 other CrossFit staff members and other highly qualified staff. Besides this, they have sent a team to regionals the past 2 years and sent 3 individuals as well.

3 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.

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!

Expert coaches, smart programming!

Greatest box in the nation!

4 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.

I am so grateful that I (and my family) have become a part of the IAmCrossfit UpperKeys family! We love this "BOX" and the coaches!

5 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.

I'm a longtime Mainsite WOD guy who only recently (about 3 months ago) joined a box. I've got friends who directed me to NWCF for the coaching, collaborative atmosphere and add-on services (like nutrition coaching from a certified dietician who specializes in Paleo). I'm pleased to report that every expectation that I had has been exceeded - I've found a good community at their Green Lake gym, have made leaps and bounds in physical improvements, and have gotten to know some of the most truly excellent coaches in the field. I'm planning on being a long-time member of this box.

As a newbie to the CF phenom. I couldn't have asked for a better setting to start my journey. From the coaches to my classmates, I always feel encouraged and capable. As a consistent last place finisher I get my strength from the people and my newly strengthened body. On more than one occasion, coaches have asked me to stay after class to talk about form or my progress and have even reached out via email to encourage me and congratulate me for keeping with it. NWCF is top notch when it comes to knowledge, skill, service, and passion.

6 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...

7 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.

I went there for two years (and still go there) with my dad!

8 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.

9 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 was an athlete of College Hill CrossFit for almost a year and unfortunately had to move to a different state. I have since joined a CrossFit box and it doesn't even come close to how awesome College Hill CrossFit is. The dedication the staff puts into each athlete is like none other. They are there to help each athlete reach their goals. Congrats on making the top 10 Pam! You deserve it!

CHC is an amazing place with amazing people. As a newbie to serious exercise, they've taken me in like one of their own and taught me well. Any criticism is constructive and they've shown me I can do things that I doubted I was even capable of. And as someone who just moved to the area, they've welcomed me to the community and made it feel like home. I would reccomend this place to anyone and everyone.

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!

10 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!

Great gym! The coaches are awesome; the are always furthering their education and it shows in how they lead the athletes. They help even when they aren't coaching the class; they'll assist when they are working out alongside of you. Thanks CFLoDo!

Giving the members a variety of classes to choose from (including 3 different WODs each day), their coaches are top-notch. They also have an open gym all day so you don't have to schedule around classes when you want to get your own workout in.

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.

The Contenders
11 Titan CrossFit - Cockeysville, Maryland

Huge faculty equipped with high quality equipment and excellent coaches who constantly work to improve their training through OPT and other programs. There's also a special olympic weightlifting room with tailored programming by a dedicated coach that fits every athletes lifestyle and goals. Titan holds local competitions like Gemini games and Atlas games that attracts latge crowds and various athletes from the DC/MD/VA area. Most importantly, the Titan staff makes the gym a place where people WANT to spend hours of their free time simply because they are awesome people who love what they do. Titan is a great community and I'm so lucky to be a part of it!

I've been a member of Titan Crossfit now for 3 years and I can honestly say that it is THE best box around. The community of members at the gym is second to none and heartfeltly referred to as the Titan Family. The coaching staff at Titan Crossfit are all incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and make the box a safe place for everyone to enjoy their pursuit of fitness and wellness. The gym has a lot of square footage for hosting local and Tri-state CF tournaments, and is also outfitted with a full use Olympic Lifting room equipped with platroms and blocks. I can't say enough good about this Box and believe it to be the best around!

Amazing gym that promotes a great community within CrossFit. The owners and coaches are truly dedicated to making all the individuals better and more confident, not just trying to run a business model.
The athletes at the gym are a lot of fun, with great attitudes, and they are some of the best representatives of the sport of CrossFit.
Five Stars!
-Tom P.

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.

12 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.

13 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 use to be the best CrossFit Box in Austin. That is until they forgot about their values and community which resulted in most of the coaches that made Central what it is leaving to start their own box based on the values that should have been upheld.

14 Barbell Brigade - Los Angeles, California

Strong family.. Enough said

15 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!

Awesome coaches and programming, build some of the best lifters and crossfitters on the east coast!

16 CrossFit 580 - Livermore, California
17 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

18 Vintage CrossFit - Houston, Texas
19 Plymouth CrossFit - Canton, Michigan

This is the best crossfit gym hands down! Amazing community very large and everyone supports each other. They have extremely knowledgable staff all very skilled in their crafts! The best olympic lifting, running, and crossfit competition training around. They also make sure to spend lots of time going over proper nutrition!

20 CrossFit Marysville - Marysville, Washington
21 CFP the Pitt - Pittsfield, Massachusetts
22 CrossFit StoneAgeFuel - Reno, Nevada
23 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.

24 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 have seen amazing changes both physically and mentally in less than a year. This is not your typical box... the coaches are knowledgeable, inspirational and top notch. The athletes I lift with are so motivating that I want to push for myself and each of them. I have always been encouraged to work to my abilities (scaling when necessary) and strive for my best effort. I have also changed my eating habits as a result of box education and special challenges. I can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life and I owe it to those who inspire me. If you have not tried CF, this is a great box to check out... we truly have a unique offering! Stacey

Roanoke Valley CrossFit was named one of the Top 17 Boxes in the country bye Shape Magazine. RVCF is a gym that offers a rare degree of expert instruction and personal attention from experienced and uniquely qualified coaches and trainers. These qualities and our commitment to excellence have earned us a reputation of quality, leadership, and honesty making us the source for trainer and coach education in addition to local client service in the Roanoke Valley and South West Virginia.

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.

25 CrossFit Wicked - Middleton, Massachusetts
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