Harry Werz and Lutz Heyden, the box-owners of Hauptstadt Crossfit, are giving us a little insight into what happens at their BOX! Enjoy another episode of our Europewide BOX interviews.
Name: Hauptstadt CrossFit
Address / Location: Berliner Straße 30 in 10715 Berlin
BOX-Owner: Harry Werz & Lutz Heyden
Open since: December 2012
How did you come to CrossFit?
Before I really did CrossFit my strength and conditioning training as a mixed martial artist didn´t really differ from the core aspects of the CrossFit training philosophy. I first got in touch with it watching a video of the CrossFit Games 2011, shown by my trainer and co-owner Lutz. Recognizing that it is not only fitness but also a competitive sport including well organized events really fired me up.
Why did you open your own box?
As sport scientists it is really easy for us to stand behind the idea of CrossFit. We knew that it is functional, high intensive, constantly varied and thus effective. But what really led us to the step opening the Hauptstadt CrossFit Box was to provide a different, more senseful, way of fitness for the people, which finally makes it possible for them to achieve their goals.
Why exactly should I join YOUR box? What makes it standout from others?
It´s simple: Do the most effective and efficient strength and conditioning training (CrossFit), exclusively taught by sport scientists or physiotherapists, who can perfectly guide you all the way to your personal goals by having more direct access to you, because of small group sizes not bigger than eight crossfitter. No trainer should be responsible for your fitness and wellbeing, when he is a semiprofessional. Our Box is is workout atmosphere at its best. Concentration, no excuses.
How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old, any competitive athletes?)
Business runs extremely well and we are growing fast. We have all ages represented in our member structure, but the majority is students aged 20-30
Do you have additional training possibilities (Yoga, Gymnastics etc.)?
We are cooperating with the martial arts school Randori-Pro. Thus our crossfitters can attend yoga classes or martial arts classes, as well.
Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?
Yes, of course we do! Nutrition is always an important issue for us. In order to improve performance and wellbeing of our members, we consult them according to their personal needs and goals. Because of that we do not recommend for example Paleo as the only way to be successful. For improving performance, we focus on more scientific approaches in nutrition.
If I start as a beginner – how does my training in the first month look like?
As a beginner you attend our intro-classes, in which all CrossFit elements are teached, till a transition into the normal classes is recommended by your trainer.
Do you organize any internal or open competitions?
Yes we do, and it´s a lot of fun. Because of the friendly and competitive atmosphere, our Hauptstadt CrossFit-Nights are very well received by our members. It is a strong institution in their calenders.
Do you have links to other boxes?
CrossFit Centrum (Norway), CrossFit Heart and Soul (Tokyo), Grapen CrossFit (Sweden), Reebock CrossFit 5th Ave. (USA, NYC), CrossFit NYC (USA)
Can I drop in if I am passing your city? Who do I have to contact?
Of course you are always welcome. Write us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to see you!
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