Our architects are putting the finishing touches on our plans and will be filing them with the Building Department this week. By end of the month, we should be able to begin construction on our space at 44 W. 28th St., 2nd floor. Our plan includes five main components:
Locker Rooms: Both the Men’s and Women’s Rooms will be expanded to make room for four to five showers in each, plus a changing area. We’ve been putting a lot of thought into the logistics of that build, because we cannot afford to shut down either bathroom during construction.
Flooring: In parallel, we’re finalizing our flooring plan. We are currently looking at two options, one which involves building a grid of steel I-beams (see the ring setup) just above the current floor and then laying down a second floor on top of this structure, so that the impact from drops is transferred to the steel columns and not to the ceiling below; the other involves a framed floor suspended on a grid of shock-absorbent elastomer pucks. Either way, we hope to start installing flooring in sections within the next few weeks, and are aiming for a solution that allows us to drop weights, jump around, and generally CrossFit at full steam without (literally) bringing down the house.
Lighting: We will be putting top-quality lighting throughout the space.
Private Entrance and Staircase: The building has a service entrance located closer to Sixth Avenue (50 West 28th Street). This will ultimately become our private entrance. We will be installing stairs to the gym that will be running friendly. At the top of the stairs will be the Front Desk and cubbies. During the middle of a running WOD, athletes will be able to easily enter and exit the gym (no buzzing at the Front Door) and people first entering the gym will be able to check their belongings behind the Front Desk.
Equipment: Our goal is to have uniform equipment throughout the gym. (All medicine balls of the same weight will be the same color, etc.) We want everyone to know at a glance exactly what they are working with (e.g., no 35-lb plates, no kettlebells labeled in pounds, etc.) We also intend to have enough equipment for everyone to be easily able to do the WOD without having to move or wait for equipment, except in rare instances. We expect to have up to 96 pull-up stations and 40 ring/rope stations.
Some of this (like more pullup bars and the start of flooring) should begin happening within the week; the rest will roll in over time. Our hope is for the entirety of construction to be completed by July 1.
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If you missed last Thursday’s major SCHEDULING ANNOUNCEMENT, please READ IT NOW. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE HAD BEEN AN ERROR IN THAT ANNOUNCEMENT: We had said there was a 9am WOD class on Sundays but that was incorrect. The original post has been corrected. Thanks for your understanding!
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A: Back squat 21-15-9 (not for time)
B: Complete the following for time:
20 Handstand push-ups
40 Kettlebell swings, 24kg/16kg
NOTES: Tonight’s NYC Endurance running class meets at 6:30pm at 25 W. 26th St. Tonight’s Mobility Class meets at 8pm (NEW TIME!) at 44 W. 28th St.
CFNYC demos JT on the CrossFit.com main site!
Waterlogged: Interview with Tim Noakes
Lift like a girl, part 2
Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness
The real Manhattan diet
Why Monsanto thought weeds would never defeat Roundup
Taste 1,000 Fruits, No. 97: Mountain Rose Apple
Thanks to member Kyle J. Smith for making this video of Coach Kevin telling us 3 things he wants us to know about the snatch. Look for more in-house coaching videos coming very soon!
CAPTION CONTEST! What’s up with Michael W. and Sean M.? (Thx, Eric, for the pic.)
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Here’s what’s on tap for Tuesday’s WOD classes: