May 072015

Hi friends! Today I’m coming at you with my latest Fit Crasher review! In case you’re new around here, I am a contributing writer to the blog The Fit Crasher, where I join a couple of other fitness fanatics in reviewing various fitness studios around DC. 

Today I’m sharing my review of CrossFit Key Bridge, which I briefly mentioned on Friday. Here’s my review! (Read the full post here.)

CrossFit Key Bridge DC

Crash Course: Located right along the Georgetown waterfront, CrossFit Key Bridge offers intense workouts that are sure to get your muscles burning and your heart pumping. This class is great for those who are in shape and familiar with the fitness scene. CrossFit knowledge is not required!

where: 3401 K St NW | Georgetown
bring: water bottle and sweat towel
perks: welcoming
sweat score: 8 out of 10
wear: what you’d wear to the gym
instructor: Jordan
class: CrossFit
cost*: First class free / $7 – $20 per class depending on membership / Classpass
*Updated to add: Because CrossFit Key Bridge is celebrating its one-year anniversary, they have two deals going on this month:
  1. Anyone can come in for a free week of unlimited classes
  2. Anyone who signs up for a four-month enrollment gets the rest of May for free (payments wouldn’t start until June 1)

Here’s a quick warning for all you hard-core CrossFitters out there: I’m very new to your sport, and this post is probably going to sound like it was written by a total newb (um…that’s because it was). Even though I’m not all that familiar with CrossFit (I’ve taken one intro class before, which you can read about here), it’s always been something that’s intrigued me.

In fact, if CrossFit weren’t so expensive, I probably would have joined a box (that’s what it’s called, right?) long ago. Luckily for me, I’m a member of Classpass, and I’ve recently noticed a ton of new CrossFit boxes pop up on my Classpass account. Sweet!

Last week, I signed up for a class with CrossFit Key Bridge, and crossed my fingers that I wasn’t going to look like a total idiot among a bunch of hard-core CFers.

CrossFit Key Bridge is located – you guessed it – right next to Key Bridge. In fact, if you’ve ever been to Key Bridge boathouse, then you’ve probably passed right by this place without even knowing it.

CrossFit Key Bridge DCThe exterior of the building is very unassuming, but a sign on the door made it pretty easy to spot. Parking was very easy (and free!) at 6:00 am, but I bet if you went on a Saturday it would be next to impossible. Consider this your warning!

Upon arriving inside, I immediately saw two helpful signs showing me that the CrossFit box was located up some stairs and down a short hallway. It wasn’t the prettiest entryway I’d ever seen, but at least it was well marked!

CrossFit Key Bridge DC

CrossFit Key Bridge DC

The space itself was entirely no frills and exactly what I would expect of a CrossFit box: warehousey with high ceilings and lots of intimating equipment. Yikes!

CrossFit Key Bridge DC

As soon as I got there, I dropped off my gear in a cubby, and introduced myself to the coach to let him know that I was a total CrossFit beginner. Since I signed up for this class through Classpass, I was sort of expecting (hoping for?) and open introductory class, but after talking with the coach I realized this was the real deal.

Luckily Jordan was very nice and offered to explain any terms I wasn’t familiar with, and of course said he would help ensure I had good form, thus preventing an injury.

Before long the rest of the class arrived, and at 6:00 am on the dot it was time to get started! FYI – my class was very small with just two guys plus me, but it was also early on a Friday morning. My classmates assured me that the box is usually much more crowded, and this was a somewhat rare occurrence (methinks thirsty Thursday may have prevented additional attendees?).

CrossFit Key Bridge DCAnyway! Our instructor got the music pumping, and then proceeded to explain our warm-up: 5 shoulder lifts (not sure what these were technically called; it was a drill to help with pull ups), 5 burpees, and one minute of double-unders (jump roping and getting the rope under your feet twice before you land).

This warm-up was pretty challenging, and definitely had me sweating and breathing hard from the get-go. Phew!

After the warm-up we played a little “pizza delivery” game. Say what? Yes. For this activity we were told to balance an incline ab mat on one hand (like a pizza) and try to knock the other person’s mat off with your other hand. It was really hard, and so much fun! I felt like we were in middle school gym class, in the best possible way. ;)

CrossFit Key Bridge DCAfter our game, we cooled down a bit with some stretching exercises, and then got down to the WOD (workout of the day).

On the agenda was four rounds of the following as fast as possible:

  • 15 ring rows
  • 10 dumbbell snatches
  • 400 meter sprint

CrossFit Key Bridge DC


For the sprints, they had us running behind the building along the canal, which was really nice.

I found the WOD be tough but not impossible, and I finished in 19:55. Of course the guys finished way before me, but at least I finished! Those ring rows were hard!

CrossFit Key Bridge DC


After the WOD we all stretched and chatted a bit, and then my workout was done for the day. Phew! Such a great workout!

Although I came prepared to feel super intimidated by the class and all the CF lingo that came with it, I actually found Jordan and the other classmates to be very welcoming and willing to explain things to a total beginner.

It was a lot of fun, and I’m definitely planning to go back!

CrossFit Key Bridge DC

Read the full post on The Fit Crasher here.

Question of the day: Have you tried CrossFit?

 Posted by on May 7, 2015

  5 Responses to “Fit Crasher Feature: CrossFit Key Bridge”

  1. I tried CF for about 2 months. There were DEFINITELY aspects of it I liked. In particular the idea of not having to “think” about what to do since they already have a work out for you. However, I realized that I dreaded going almost every time and would guilt myself into it. I’ve tried a lot of different types of work outs and nearly all have developed into a guilt-induced one. I only go when I force myself to or feel bad about myself. Since January, however, I’ve begun to regularly practice vinyasa yoga (hot and not hot). I can honestly say it’s the only workout regime I’ve found so far that I genuinely enjoy and look forward to. I really hope this feeling sticks!!!

  2. The place where I teach is basically Crossfit-lite. It is the same style and movements of Crossfit without the Olympic lifting. I love it because the workout is always different every day and we still do enough things with weights to make it challenging. If you are ever in Chicago, come take a class!

  3. I did crossfit for about a year and a half and loved it! The only downside for me was that I was not a huge fan of trying to lift super heavy weights as fast as I possibly could. Being a small person trying to PR workouts was very difficult. The coaches at my gym were also very pushy on going heavier which I was not ready for. Eventually I had to give it up due to work and school. Working full time with night classes was draining the energy I was using for the gym and that is something you definitely need if you are going to be doing crossfit safely! If I could afford it now I would definitely go back and worry less this time about lifting heavy weights.

  4. I have always wanted to try CrossFit, but sadly there wasn’t really a box close to me. Once recently opened up, but of course being pregnant, I didn’t want to jump into something that I hadn’t been doing pre-pregnancy. But I’m REALLY hoping that in a few months (and once we move to Atlanta where there will hopefully be a LOT more options), I’ll be able to try one out! Sounds like a lot of fun, and definitely the kind of workout that will keep you from getting bored!

  5. I’m just like you – intimidated, but want to try it so bad! I think I’ll go to my friends box and use the free one time try pass 🙂 xoxo, ganeeban

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