Crossfit 108 – Germany

Marvin Stiebler and Andreas Handschuck, the box-owners of CrossFit 108, are giving us a little insight into what happens at their BOX! Enjoy another episode of our Europewide BOX interviews.

Short Facts:

Name: CrossFit 108
Address / Location: Liebknechstrasse 79, 39108 Magdeburg
BOX-Owner: Marvin Stiebler & Andreas Handschuck
Open since: January 2012

Info:

HOW did you come to CrossFit?

My (Marvin) first experience with CrossFit was in June of 2010 when I was finishing my Master in Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany. I met a group of CrossFitters that were working out regularly at a park led by Florian Haseloff, now owner of CrossFit Werk . I was hooked. Two months later I was off to my Level 1 Cert. Back in Magdeburg I started my own WODs in the park and got my school friend Andreas involved.

WHY did you open your own box?

If I see something good, I stick to it. And, since I like helping people (for the better, I hope) it was obvious that opening my own box was a perfect fit. Besides, we did not mind that our own box also meant having the perfect place for our own CrossFit ambitions in our hands.

Why exactly should I join YOUR box? What makes it standout from others?

We take pride in what we do and our coaching doesn’t end with the WOD. We all help each other out no matter what the situation.

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How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old, Athlete/Amateur)

We currently have 81 members with a slight majority towards males. Most of our athletes fit in the age group 25-40 with some being younger and few older ones. On top of our courses we regularly work with sports teams and have active cooperations with Magdeburgs major soccer and handball youth clubs.

Do you have additional training possibilities (Yoga, Gymnastics etc.) ?

We offer a separate Olympic lifting course led by the European Champion Sven Elspaß in the masters +105kg division. Currently, we are trying to offer Yoga classes as well.

Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?

Yes, whether they are asking for it or not.

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If I start as a beginner – how does my training in the first month look like?

For beginners we offer a trail month at a reduced rate after they complete a two-part introductory seminar. Then, we integrate them into our regular classes so that they can grow into our community.

Do you organize any internal or open competitions?

We have not had any open competitions, yet. But we regularly do smaller events amongst our members.

Can I drop in if I am passing your city? Who do I have to contact?

Anytime. Contact us via Facebook or our webpage.

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What’s your take on Fitness?

I believe it is the key to be able to take on life’s challenges and to be happy. Strong people are harder to kill.


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