Roundup: CrossFit Locations Near Boston
The popular fitness movement has locations all over the city. Here’s where to go.
If you prefer your gym to look like a spa, then CrossFit might not be for you. If you don’t mind getting dirty, and working out until you are on the floor in a ball of sweat, then you found the right place. Many CrossFit “boxes” look like warehouses and garages (some actually are). Many won’t have air conditioning and there’s usually grime and sweat on the floor. (CrossFit Back Bay devotees, your box is the exception, not the rule.)
You’ll do push-ups in the parking lot, burpees on concrete, and if your hands aren’t torn up from kipping pull-ups then you haven’t earned your badge of honor yet. In the past, women stayed away from Olympic lifting due to the fear of becoming bulky and looking like a bodybuilder. But new research shows that women should lift weights.
In 2010, Canton-based Reebok signed an extensive 10-year deal with CrossFit. In 2011, Forbes called CrossFit “one of the fastest growing sports in America.” ESPN even broadcasts the CrossFit Games. But CrossFit is not without controversy. Some say that amateurs lifting heavy weights is not safe and too harsh on the body. But, the critics are clearly outnumbered because CrossFit started its ascent into the mainstream back in 2010 and is now not only popular with bodybuilders, elite athletes, military, police, and firemen (and women), but it’s also a hit with seniors, suburbanites, and even teens.
If you are curious, here nine CrossFit locations near Boston:
CrossFit Boston: 133 Federal St.; 617-426-0875; crossfitboston.com
Reebok CrossFit Back Bay: 31 Saint James Avenue (1); 209 Columbus Avenue (2); reebokcrossfitbackbay.com
CrossFit Southie: 385 Dorchester Ave.; 617-269-0003; crossfitsouthie.com
CrossFit Fenway: 100 Brookline Ave., 617-266-7700; crossfitfenway.com
Avalon Crossfit: 545 Medford St., Charlestown; 617-580-3120; avaloncrossfit.com
Commonwealth CrossFit: 630 Somerville Ave., Somerville; 617-871-9571; commonwealthcrossfit.com
Rugged CrossFit: 8 Rugg Rd., Allston; 585-733-3970; ruggedcrossfit.com
CrossFit Newton: 166B Riverview Ave., Waltham; 617-833-0340; crossfitnewton.com
AE CrossFit: 78B Olympia Ave., Woburn; 781-935-7701; aecrossfit.com
CrossFit Medusa: 1957 Massachusetts Ave, Porter Square, Cambridge; 617-997-5124; crossfitmedusa.com
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