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Our Elite Cleaning Crew!
Welcome to the new program. A few things to know:
We are in a state of ambiguity. There are outside agencies (like Oakland Fire) that we must satisfy. We will not know when we have met all requirements until we have. Therefore there is no grid. Once we have clarity there will be.
Meet at CrossFit East Bay, 66 Franklin St. Jack London Square at the appointed class time.
There are no showers and won’t be until later this week.
Sign-up is in Beta Test – please sign up if you can, but it is not required.
We are now doing three-tiered programming – pick the level you feel is appropriate. If you have no idea, pick fitness.
We stand at the threshold of a new era for our gym. CrossFit East Bay is about to open one of the finest training facilities on the planet. This next-level venture is only possible because of the support from the community, and especially the CrossFit community. We are making a quantum leap.
In 2006 Greg Glassman gave me the opportunity to become a CrossFit Affiliate. I had some 18 months of experience as an Intern and contractor at CrossFit Oakland, one of the first 30 CrossFit Gyms, and was originally listed as an Affiliate under their agreement in 2006.
That’s a very skinny Maximus seven plus years ago (2007) at CFO MK2 below, middle hanging.
My present venture started small in 2007, at Ironworks Climbing Gym in Berkeley, CA. Our first workout was “Fight Gone Bad” in their small but lovely yoga room with my Dynamax Balls (I had three!) rowers, Kettlebells, Iron weights and seriously dangerous metal jump boxes. 25% of the people who were with us in the early days are still with us! I would guess another 25% still CrossFit or do related activities.
BIW Yoga Room early 2008
BIW Parking Lot summer 2008
In early 2008 we expanded to Great Western Power Company Climbing Gym in Oakland, CA, making us the oldest CrossFit gym in Oakland (CFO long ago moved to Emeryville). We worked out on the roof for the entire winter (blessedly dry!), an unforgettable experience for those who were there, until a nosy neighbor got us kicked off of the roof and downstairs into the broom closet that is now the CrossFit area at Great Western Power Company.
GWPC Rooftop with “Fang” winter 2008
Emergency move to GWPC “broom closet” December 2008
Initial bulidout at GWPC early 2009
Later in 2009 we had our best-ever competition finish, Appolonia Helm, 34th Fittest Woman on Earth at the 2009 Games at Aromas. Polly will be returning to GWPC to be a Trainer at CrossFit V16.
In 2010 we competed in the CrossFit Open for the first time.
Max and Andrea’s Wedding Day at GWPC, October 1, 2011
We built out CFEB at GWPC bit by bit, until we had crammed a 300-person Affiliate into a relatively tiny space.
In late 2011, now joined by my wife and business partner, Andrea Lewin we suggested to Touchstone management expanding the program to the space next door to the climbing gym, but we were not on the same page, and we began the search for a new space. Many spaces were looked at and rejected or we were rejected by landlords, including Governor Jerry Brown (his loss). After many false starts, my business mentor and personal training client David Richmond (Client ZERO) made the introduction between us and Ellis Partners, lease holder of 450,000 sq. ft. of rentable in and around Jack London Square. They offered to lease us 4,000 square feet of prime ground floor retail on The Square. By this time 18 months had passed since the search began and I had wrapped my head around the fact that $10,000 a month rent and associated expenses did not matter if we created a space that was good for our clients, existing and potential, so we gladly signed the lease.
Today we find ourselves on the threshold of opening a world-class gym. There are logistical challenges, much as there were in our early days. The scale is different, but the philosophy is the same: give us a space in which to train, be it a park, yoga room, rooftop, broom closet, parking lot or a gym with plywood walls instead of windows, and we will strive to build a better and more functional space and program for our members. This gym will be honed like carbon steel, and polished until it gleams. It will be an adult playground second to none. We welcome all of you who will be a part of supporting, co-creating and participating in the program, community and philosophy of CrossFit East Bay. The journey continues!
The Church Of CrossFit at Jack London Square October 2013
Maximus Lewin L2
Founder, CrossFit East Bay
Starting this month, we’re going to recognize an “athlete of the month” on our blog. This athlete will be someone who has, throughout the previous month, demonstrated the resilience, dedication and fierceness that exemplifies CrossFit East Bay athletes. It might be someone who has hit PRs in several lifts that month, someone who’s done every single bit of extra work posted, or someone who has given their all in every WOD while also helping other CFEB members improve. It won’t necessarily be a fire-breather. But it could be. This is our way of acknowledging the hard work and amazing performances we see in class everyday. This is your way to get to know a little bit about another member of our community. And maybe enjoy 15 minutes of CFEB fame.
For October, we’ve named Nick Cartagena our athlete of the month. Nick has demonstrated an incredible amount of commitment and ambition over the past month, showing up every night, giving it his all, completing all of the extra work, and challenging more experienced CrossFitters at Weekend Warrior workouts. Nick has an awesome attitude and is always up for a challenge. Congrats, Nick, and keep up the good work!
How long have you been doing CrossFit? My On-Ramp started April 15th of this year, so I think I’m coming up on 6 months now.
Favorite WOD/movements: Wow, that’s a hard one. I don’t know if I have a favorite. I have movements I like because I’m strong at them, but then I also enjoy the other movements because there’s a lot for me to learn and a lot of room for improvement.
Least favorite WOD/movements: Same answer, but if I’m really pressed I’ll go with kipping. Ripped calluses are no fun.
Greatest CrossFit accomplishment: It’s hard to pick, but it’s been fun getting better and PRing in the clean.
Current CrossFit Goal: Get stronger while still being able to stay agile enough to dominate the soccer field. Also, in the next few months I’d like to put 20 lbs on my squat, same for my clean, and 10 lbs on my snatch and to be more consistent at it.
What do you like to do when you’re not doing CrossFit? I love playing soccer and usually play a couple times a week.
If you could only listen to one musical artist while you worked out, which one would it be? Lil’ Wayne
What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit East Bay? The WODs and the people.
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