Over in Austria, Stefan Pecnik, the box-owner of CrossFit Graz is bringing us inside his box to show how he runs things.
Name: CrossFit Graz
Address / Location: Griesplatz 5, 8020 Graz, Austria
BOX-Owner: Stefan Pecnik
Open since: March 2012
How did you come to CrossFit?
I came across CrossFit working in Health Prevention and Care as a Sport Scientist almost 3 Years ago and was instantly hooked. I knew from the beginning that this is the thing I want to do.
Why did you open your own box?
Because I wanted to create a place where I could intodruce people to what I believe in. CrossFit ist something that works for every each single person. No matter how old or how fit your are! So I wanted to give others the opportunity to become better and fitter. And because there was no Box or official Affiliate in town it was the only option to open the very first Box in Graz (and third nationalwide).
Why exactly should I join YOUR box? What makes it standout from others?
We are one of the Affiliates, that are the longest in this business in Austria. Our biggest focus is on the quality of training we are serving our members. People should feel welcome at our place, should have fun and should enjoy themselves doing CrossFit. And of course the are getting stronger, fitter and healthier! As soon as you make a step in our Box you will know what we are talking about. CrossFit Graz is truly a unique Box, with a unique community that is supporting each other and we are doing the best we can to make you better!
How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old, any competitive athletes?)
We have around 100 members and we are a very mixed community. We have at least 1/3 female members. We do have a bunch of firebreathers and competitive guys. But since we are a quite young box, the biggest focus is on learning how to move properly. We are built to move and we teach you how to move better!
Do you have additional training possibilities (Yoga, Gymnastics etc.)?
We offer Open Gym Classes as wall as so called “Power and Strength” Classes for our more advanced Athletes. We will also intodruce a Olympic Weightlifting Club in near future. Every now and then we have some speciality Classes like Gymnastics etc. and do a lot of things with our members outside the Box aswell.
Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?
Yes we do! Nutrition is a very important part of your training and a healthy life. So we do a lot of things towards this direction. If you want to be fit and if you want to live a healthy lifestyle you have to take care about your nutrition!
If I start as a beginner – how does my training in the first month look like?
Every newbie starts with a free trial session. After that you start with a so called Basic Course, that consists of 6 Sessions where you get introduced to all the basic and foundational Movements of CrossFit. Once you passed all 6 classes you are ready to hit the entire program of CrossFitGraz.
Do you organize any internal or open competitions?
We do organize competitions every half a year where we invite Boxes from all over Austria and beyond the borders. Our last Competition, “The Early Autumn Games” were held in October 5th where 40 Athletes from Austria, Slovenia, Germany and the USA where competing in 4 Categories for the title.
Do you have links to other boxes?
Community is a very important thing in our opinion so we are connected to a bunch of boxes all over Europe.
Can I drop in if I am passing your city? Who do I have to contact?
Of course you can! We would love to having you in our box and to hit a WOD together. Just write us a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org and you get the chance to have a WOD at CrossFitGraz!
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