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Crossfit Meppel – Netherlands

Sierk Rijkeboer, the box-owner of Crossfit Meppel, is giving us a little insight into what happens at his BOX! Enjoy another episode of our Europewide BOX interviews.


Short Facts

Name: CrossFit Meppel
Address / Location: Scherpemaat 6, Meppel, Netherlands
BOX-Owner: Sierk Rijkeboer
Open since: February 2010



How did you come to CrossFit?

At a fitness convention by EFAA. There was this lecture and this guy was talking about CrossFit. Afterwards I heard from Charles Verschuren (owner of CrossFit Gymert) he used CrossFit illegally. CrossFit was so nice to pay my ticket for this convention if I send them the information this guy was talking about. So yeah, I really liked Crossfit from that moment on.

Why did you open your own box?

CrossFit became our (my wife and mine) life, and I knew/felt I had to do this. Like an intervention from above.

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

I am CrossFit and will do everything in my power to improve you. I’m willing to teach a squat 10 million times, and do so with a smile. At our box you will not find ego’s walking around but a community that supports itself. And we’re probably one off the smallest boxes out there (65m2 of trainingspace).

How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old,  any competitive athletes?)

We got 132 members, I would say 60% female 40% male, most of our members are between 20 and 40 years old. And we got some competitive athletes, that like to join the Open and the Lowlands Throwdown.

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


Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?

Yes we do. We have a closed group on Facebook, which is controlled by our members themselves. I would say that around 80% of our members are Paleo/Caveman eaters.

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

We have 3 technique classes that you have to follow first. Once you finished that you become a level 1, this means you are allowed (only if the coach says so) to use up to 50% of the Rx weight. As a starter, you stay level 1 for the first 2 months no matter what. Focus on technique and posture before speed and time.

Every 2 weeks we have the opportunity for our members to do a level test. We have levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Do you organize any internal or open competitions?

We have our yearly gym championships. And we’re about to organize a Mini Cooper pull/push competition. But hush hush this is still in the making…….

Do you have links to other boxes?

Yes we have. But thanks for reminding me to update the list.

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

Everybody is more then welcome to our box.

Mail: info@crossfitmeppel.nl or call +31644045508.

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