Helga Guðmundsdóttir, the box-owner of CrossFit Hafnarfjörður, is giving us a little insight into what happens at her BOX! Enjoy another episode of our Europewide BOX interviews.
Name: CrossFit Hafnarfjörður
Address / Location: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
BOX-Owner: Helga Guðmundsdóttir
Open since: May, 2010
How did you come to CrossFit?
I started a beginners class after giving birth to my 3rd baby in September 2010. I was very excited to start, my son was 3 months old.
Why did you open your own box?
I didn’t open it, I bought it a year after training there. The previous owner wanted out so I took over. I wasn’t working anyway, staying home with my kids. So it was the perfect job for me. Just finished Level 1 so I was ready.
Why exactly should I join YOUR box? What makes it standout from others?
We have a very nice atmosphere here in our gym, a lot of fun and everybody loves hanging out here. Great friendships have been made here. Also the Icelandic champion, Jakob Magnússon all this year is head coach here.
How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old, any competitive athletes?)
We have around 100-150 members. Kids from 5 years old, teens and grownups up to 65 years old. Probably we have more men than women.
Do you have additional training possibilities (Yoga, Gymnastics etc.)?
No, just CrossFit
Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?
Yes, we talk about Paleo and Zone and try to guide them in the right direction.
If I start as a beginner – how does my training in the first month look like?
You would do a 3 week course, 3x a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. After that you will have a whole month to train in the advanced classes.
Do you organize any internal or open competitions?
Yes, we have had a competition 1-2x a year, and many people do the OPEN each year for the regionals. And then there are national competitions that all Icelandic boxes join, and those are getting very popular.
Do you have links to other boxes?
We have connection to most of the boxes in Iceland. Iceland is a very small country and we are all starting to know one another. It is like a one big family. We are all happy to lend out gear for competitions or events. So it´s a community and all boxes are connected somehow.
Can I drop in if I am passing your city? Who do I have to contact?
Yes, every first time is free, and after that a drop in fee is 2000kr. I’m the one to contact.
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