How to find the best CrossFit near me

You typed “best Crossfit gym near me” into your search bar, and if your city is anything like Austin, there are probably 5 gyms (“boxes”) in a 5-mile radius of you. So how do you know which ones are good and which aren’t? Since every CrossFit gym is independently owned and operated, there can be huge differences in quality from one gym to another. Yelp and Google reviews don’t always tell the whole story, so here are a few clues to look for when you’re making a decision.

I strongly believe in offering the best quality coaching and training at the best value. If you’re not interested in the best coaching and training, then this post might not apply to you. I’d encourage you to choose based on a little more than price (which we’ll talk a little bit more about later) and distance from your house, so here goes.

How many of the coaches are fitness professionals?

Are you interested in being coached by someone who’s concern for your health and wellness is their full-time job? If the answer is no, then it probably doesn’t matter to you if your coach is a full-time fitness pro or not, and that’s fine.

For clarity, in our business, a full-time coach does somewhere between 15-20hrs of coaching each week, in addition to continuing education pursuits, personal training, nutrition counseling, and probably helping the business owner do some admin tasks. I would consider anyone under 10 hours per week part-time, although there are varying degrees of part-time coaches, as should be obvious. Someone who works in an unrelated sector, and coaches 2 hours a week in exchange for a free membership (very common practice at many gyms), is different than someone who works or studies in a related industry, and coaches more than 5 hours a week.

I fully understand that it’s difficult to staff a box with only fitness pros. Our approach is pretty radical, and I don’t expect every other gym to adopt it.  Many boxes will need a few part-timers on staff for scheduling flexibility. To fill in when someone gets sick, is on vacation etc. While most of us would probably assume that a gym with a ton of coaches is good, I’d argue the opposite. I think close to a 1:1 ratio of fitness pros to part-timers is ok, but the more pros the better.

Asking the owner how many coaches they have on staff who do less than 5 hours of coaching a week will give you a pretty good idea of what type of operation they’re running.

What is the level of certification and experience of the coaches?

Here’s a dirty little secret, you can open a CrossFit gym after getting a level 1 CrossFit certification. I doubt Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit intended for his gyms to be run by people with the minimum level of certification. I’m sure he intended for his coaches to continue their education. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen as often as it should.

Are the coaches certifications only from CrossFit? Or are they from a variety of respected strength and conditioning institutions? Do they have a degree in a related science? A varied educational background means that you’ll be getting the best of ALL the information out there in the strength and conditioning universe, not just from one source. The reason I feel this is especially important in CrossFit is that CrossFit itself is a blend of other disciplines.

As far as experience, just like anything else, the more we do something the better we get at it. The part-time coach who does two hours a week will take NINETY-SIX+ years to put in their 10,000 hours. A full-time coach working 20 hours a week will take 10 years to reach 10,000 hours. Interacting with people with different learning styles, with different goals and backgrounds is a skill that takes time to develop, just like anything else in life worth learning. A more experienced coach will be able to see more, and give you the best cues appropriate to your learning style to improve your movement.

How do they start with brand new clients?

Any gym that really believes in delivering the best service to new clients is going to start with some sort of one on one evaluation or assessment. One client, one coach.

Any gym that doesn’t do that, is either:

Not confident enough with their coaches’ skill set to charge for a higher level of service, or simply trying to get as many people through the door and into classes as possible, since they know that many of them will drop off quickly. In the business, this is what we call churn rate. We strive to keep ours as low as possible and that means taking more time up front with each new client. 

If everything else you’ve seen at a certain gym looks good, but they don’t offer a specific one on one intro plan, I’d approach the head coach or owner and ask if they can put one together for you. I’m sure they’d be thrilled to!


If you’ve read this far, you’re probably starting to understand that highly certified fitness professionals that provide the best service they can aren’t doing it at Groupon rates, but that doesn’t mean they have to be the most expensive gym in town. Our gym, for example, is competitively priced, despite the fact that we only hire full-time fitness professionals, and try to deliver the best gym experience possible.

Facility and website.

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Although I think someone who takes a lot of pride in other areas of their business would probably keep their facility clean, organized and up to date, and their website beautifully designed, this doesn’t mean that an ugly gym or a gym with an unattractive website is a bad gym. I’ve been in pristine facilities that had a horrible program and coaching, and in grungy gyms that had an awesome program and coaches. It can be easy to get caught up in the literal shiny objects, but the real difference at a CrossFit gym is the coaching. 

That’s the product we’re providing, and that’s why I started off this tip list talking about it. There are tons of big corporate gyms that are immaculate. There are also tons of online programs you can download, and it’s easier than ever to order equipment online. What can’t be replaced and undervalued, is the relationship and guidance you get from a real professional coaching staff. 

Best of luck with your fitness journey, we’ll see you in health!


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Matt began his journey into fitness playing football and rugby in high school. He truly fell in love with health and wellness after losing 150lbs and becoming a lifelong learner in all things movement. He pursued this love by going on to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Matt has experience in bodybuilding, powerlifting, athletic performance training, and yoga. He has also worked as a rehab technician in a Physical Therapy Clinic.Matt is excited to share his passion for living a healthy life and fitness with the CrossFit Rep community.


B.S. Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park (2016)
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Health Coach
Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
Functional Range Assessment (FRA)
200HR Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Ross Coskrey

Head Coach

Ross found CrossFit in 2017. After lifelong sports background, CrossFit was the perfect way to fill the competitive void that had been left in his life, and to feel like an athlete again!

Ross has been competing in CrossFit athlete the past few years but after an injury, he now finds himself enjoying just being active and building lifelong friendships through the fantastic community that CrossFit creates, epseically at REP!

Ross earned his Kinesiology degree from Texas State University and has been personal training and coaching for the last 7 years.

Jake Hill

Owner & Coach

Jake found CrossFit in Philadelphia in 2012, and immediately fell in love. He quickly began his internship at CrossFit Love, one of Philadelphia’s most esteemed gyms, and has been coaching for over 5 years now. He has a thirst for knowledge and truth that continues to drive the culture at REP.

Jake is Breakdancer of 15 years (also a Breakdance instructor), and has extensive gymnastics knowledge Jake believes that helping people improve their fitness and quality of life is his life’s work, and is thrilled to be doing so back in his hometown of Austin TX.


Box Programming General Manager
Box Programming Certified Coach
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
USAW Sports Performance
USAW Advanced Sports Performance
OPEX Assessment, Program Design, Nutrition, Lifestyle Coaching
CPR/AED Certified
StrongFit seminar – Julien Pineau
Freestyle Connection – Carl Paoli
Diploma Culinary Arts – Art Institute
B.A. Communications – Temple University


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