The building where you do CrossFit is called a “box”. It fits the definition of a box above and it’s also very different from a traditional “gym”, and thus, we need to have this distinction.
Our Box, the CrossFit North Vancouver Box, is a very special place. This is our story:
To build a culture within our box that shapes a community of people who will support and drive each other to surpass their goals and achieve things they would have never imagined possible.
I arrived at CrossFit North Vancouver in 2009 as an employee and started working with a group of roughly 12 people. The box, previously a martial arts club, was in transition and it was a good time for my arrival. Immediately we, my family, got to know each and every one of the members and their families because this is our goal; to create a gym driven by it’s community of members. We grew from within. People brought friends and family and our community was being formed.
Our Growing Community
In the spring 2010 we were able to purchase CrossFit North Vancouver and take ownership and full leadership of the forming community. We physically changed the place by getting new equipment and putting a splash of paint on the walls. However, it wasn’t the physical changes that made it different, it was the change in attitude at the gym. Our members, our community, were so happy to have us take ownership and they rallied behind us. We threw our first community appreciation BBQ and I will never forget it. One of our members gave us their home/pool for the day, others cooked, others organized, and the 70 or so members showed with their friends and families and we had an amazing day, an emotional day, we were flattered.
It was this day, after the party, that the CFNV you see now was born. We would dream of 30ft ceilings, drive by warehouses, think of square footage, equipment, colors on the walls, and most of all we would dream of the people we would raise our family with at the Box. We would continue to dream while we continued to grow at our original location. Our original location was small, poorly located at the back of a mall in the basement, and it was just plain awkward to run CrossFit classes. However, this small place was the place where our dream was born and most importantly where the community was born.
Being small forced coaches to be on their toes, members to have good technique, and the people to get to know each other. There was no way you could come to our small Box and be anonymous. We owe a lot to our roots in Deep Cove. One thing about where you are is that you could never have arrived at that place without the past. We simply out grew the space and needed to move to take the next steps in business. December 28th, 30-40 people met at the original gym and within 2 hours everything was transplanted to our new home. Excitement filled the air like someone moving out on their own for the first time.
Our new Box is a dream come true. The community finally has a space that matches it in quality. The competitive athletes have a place full of equipment to help them reach and surpass their goals. We have a box where we can raise our family with you and yours. We are CFNV and our Box is Community Driven.