Austria’s very own Adread Diwald of CrossFit Salzburg gives us an insight into what exactly goes on in his BOX.
Name: CrossFit Salzburg
Address / Location: Innsbrucker Bundesstrasse 79B, 5020 Salzburg
BOX-Owner: Andreas Diwald
Open since: May 2012
How did you come to CrossFit?
I was introduced to CrossFit by a teammate (Thanks Chris, you changed my life) during my active American Football Career back in 2009. We were at Training Camp that day when I looked up the Mainpage, skipped lunch and went straight to a local Globo Gym for the WOD instead. I got “sacked” by “CINDY” and fell in love with CrossFit immediately.
Why did you open your own box?
We wanted to spread the word of CrossFit in Salzburg and ran out of space in my garage gym pretty quick.
Why exactly should I join YOUR box? What makes it standout from others?
Well I don’t think a CrossFit Box must standout from others. If there is CrossFit in it it will make you change for the better and that’s what affiliates should strive for. We definitely live that “Commitment to Excellence” inside and outside the gym.
How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old, any competitive athletes?)
We are now at 120 members (11/2013), pretty well balanced female and male. Our Youngster athlete aged 11 whereas our Master athlete turns 78 this year. We do have competitive athletes, that compete in local and international competitions such as the Battle of London or Italian Throwdown. We do not have a Regionals athlete yet, still working on that.
Do you have additional training possibilities (Yoga, Gymnastics etc.)?
Yes we offer Yoga, Flexibility and Gymnastics Classes. Also we do run a kids Program.
Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?
We do Paleo Challenges 3 times a year and offer private nutrition consulting.
If I start as a beginner – how does my training in the first month look like?
We offer a “Try Out Month” to our beginners. You get instructed to fundamental movements of CrossFit by our trainers in Skill Sessions. You are participating in regular classes and WOD with the group. I want beginners to be part of our CrossFit Salzburg Community straight from the beginning. At the end of the month you hopefully earn your right of becoming a CrossFit Salzburg member
Do you organize any internal or open competitions?
Yes, we host open Competitions aka “CHAMPIONS DAYS” at CrossFit Salzburg. 60 athletes get invited to prove their Fitness in 2 Categories. An rx Cat. “Competition” and a scaled Cat. “Fitness”, as well as Masters 50+.
In 2014 we are moving in a bigger location the“Salzburg Convention Center” to invite 120 Athletes to prove their Fitness in “CHAMPIONS DAY SALZBURG 2014”, a two day event with online qualification. We are pretty excited about it already.
Do you have links to other boxes?
Yes we are close with our Austrian Boxes of course and do have friends internationally at CrossFit Kingspoint, Florida or CrossFit Mallorca in Spain to name a few.
Can I drop in if I am passing your city? Who do I have to contact?
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