My home boxPosted 4 years ago by Kat P.
I say unfortunate because there is potential at this box. It will never be realized due to the following factors:
- the box is filthy, quite sure the bathroom has never been cleaned
- yes the neighborhood is scary to run in, and you have the added bonus of possibly getting run over by the service trucks that share the parking lot
- the coaches; they are very focused on their own goals, they are arrogant, rude, and put themselves first. They are often late or don't show for the WOD
-WODs are not well planned, there is no rhyme or reason. Little focus on skills or strength because the WOD is so long. Class rarely ends on time. Thier logo is "if you can make it here you can make it anywhere". You will survive any WOD, that's for sure. Your form and technique will be inadequate.
- there is a lot of quality equipment. Somewhat dirty.
There are plenty of boxes in the area that surpass this one by leaps and bounds. Find those boxes.
Not the box for me...
Posted 4 years ago by Also D.
My first impressions of this box are less than optimal. When I first showed up, one of the coaches was downright rude while the other was dismissive and pretended as if not to see me.
I try not to judge based on appearance, but when walking in, I was a little dismayed by the appearance. It was messy and... well, fits the bill as described alone.
I didn't particularly enjoy anything about my experience here. I would assume that coaches would at least be welcoming on potential new members - instead of being unkind, arrogant, and egotistical.
I would do crossfit alone, in my basement, with minimal equipment before I would even considering going back to this box.
Depends on the day
Posted 4 years ago by Disappointed C.
The previous review of this crossfit box, unfortunately, is accurate.
Yes, the facility is HUGE and the equipment is very nice and they pretty much have everything one would need and enough equipment to accommodate several athletes at a time.
The neighborhood is sketchy (definitely do not run alone). The WODS are long and brutal. Time is not set aside/devoted to skill or strength work as you are too busy trying to complete a 30 -45 minute WOD. However, once you do complete the WOD you do feel as though you could accomplish anything, because you were just able to survive the WOD!
The clientele of this box are absolutely amazing and extremely friendly/welcoming. Many members get together outside of the box for activities. The owners host several happy hour WODS which is great for camaraderie and generally a fun time.
The owners however lack in work ethic and respecting their athletes. The scheduling is a nightmare; class times are consistently changed or cancelled with very little notice. There have also been several occasions when the male or female owner/s do not show up in the mornings to coach. When the male owner does arrive to coach, he is often 10 - 15 minutes late. Depending on the kind of day the owner is having (particularly the male owner) will depend on how you will be treated; you will either receive a welcoming hello with a hug or you will be yelled at in front of your other box mates for unknown reasons. You will receive two coaching styles from the male owner, he can do an excellent job at continually encouraging the clientele as they battle through the WODS, but often times he will sit on a chair and play on his phone while you WOD. The female owner for the most part is pretty friendly, but if you are anywhere near her strength or crossfit ability, it would be very doubtful she will help you to continue to succeed; as she herself is extremely competitive and strives to be first in everything.
Posted 4 years ago by Ham W.
CrossFit Connex is a relatively new gym to the Madison area. They are at their second location.
The space is nice, the equipment is moderately new, and there are two showers. There is also a kids’ room.
The floors are filthy. Alcohol is stored out in the open on top of a dorm fridge. Finding a bar with dried blood on it is not uncommon.
The neighborhood is sketchy and parking is tight. Solo runs longer than 1 mile in the vicinity of the box are not safe, as you pass a $35.00 a night motel that looks as though it may also charge by the hour. Guests driving to and leaving this hotel are not focused on pedestrians.
Visitors, depending on the coach, will be greeted by either hostility or open arms. The community, however is very, very welcoming and friendly.
The warmups are very well thought out. The WODs are metcon intensive, sometimes consisting of up to 3 metcons in a session. There does not appear to be a rhyme or reason to the WODs. Some are programmed on the fly and others are pulled off other CFHQ coaches’ social media feeds while the class is running to the scary motel and back as a warmup.
Your engine, and your capacity to do light to moderate weight work will soar. Do not expect to deadlift heavy. 275-315lb deadlifts are unheard of here. Do not expect to rope climb. Skill work is on your own.
The hours are sporadic and change frequently. Early mornings are despised. If you WOD early, expect a 5% instructor no call, no show, or very late show.