Arri Leino, Kim Nyström and Jukka-Pekka Peltonen, the box-owners of Crossfit 8000, are giving us a little insight into what happens at their BOX! Enjoy another episode of our Europewide BOX interviews.
Name: CrossFit 8000
Address / Location: Espoo, Finland
BOX-Owner: Arri Leino, Kim Nyström, Jukka-Pekka Peltonen
Open since: March 2013
How did you come to CrossFit?
I have lived abroad for a number of years (US, Brazil, Kenya) doing my own crosstraining and other sports such as for instance triathlon. Crossfit came into my life when we moved back to Finland and I realized that there was a Crossfit box in the neighbourhood.
Why did you open your own box?
Had been planning it for a while with a couple of friends as we wanted to see what we could create on our own. Plus it’s also cool to be able to train whenever you want and to be a box owner.
Why exactly should I join YOUR box? What makes it standout from others?
We care about the coaching and the well-being of our members and actively listen to what they need. I also think we have very successfully managed to create a unique and very strong community that will be hard to beat anywhere else. Right now our 850 m2 indoors with yoga, massage, kitchen, lounge and kids area plus the huge parking/outdoors training area supports our current needs. We also have some extracurricular activities – for instance the first mountaineering expedition is just being organized, with more to come! Lastly, but not least, we have the best coaches in the world!
How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old, any competitive athletes?)
Ca 120 members, more women than men. Majority 20-35 yrs old, but also quite a few masters members.
Do you have additional training possibilities (Yoga, Gymnastics etc.)?
We offer Yoga and massage as well as weekly mobility classes, plus regular specialty seminars.
Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?
Only high level advice, no formal consultation at the moment.
If I start as a beginner – how does my training in the first month look like?
After the 4-week OnRamp course that we call Base Camp you are welcome to attend the regular WODs. We also offer weekly Easy WOD classes for those who for some reason are not comfortable yet with the basic movements.
Do you organize any internal or open competitions?
Internal “not so serious” competitions and events, as well as friendly box-to-box competitions.
Do you have links to other boxes?
Finland is a small country with an exceptionally open crossfit community and the boxes are on a very friendly and supporting level with each other. We also have regular get-togethers with the other box owners.
Can I drop in if I am passing your city? Who do I have to contact?
Don’t even think about coming here without visiting us!
P.S If you bring a T-shirt from your box we will trade you one of ours. We are reachable at info(at)crossfit8000.com
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