Halim Msellemi, Kevin Naarden and Leroy Naarden, the box-owners of CrossFit Zuid, show us how the Netherlands get down and dirty in the box.
Name: CrossFit Zuid
Address / Location: Spoorstraat 7, 4702 VV Roosendaal, Netherlands
BOX-Owner: Halim Msellemi, Kevin Naarden, Leroy Naarden
Open since: January 2012
How did you come to CrossFit?
We started following and exploring CrossFit after seeing ‘the making of 300’ in 2007. They explained that their training was CrossFit based and we got very curious. Started our research online, visiting seminars and workshops. We were even at the very first European Sectionals in Milan.
Why did you open your own box?
To be able to help people create a better quality of life. To be able to share our passion with others. To be able do what we love day in, day out.
Why exactly should I join YOUR box? What makes it standout from others?
Because we combine the best programming we have experienced over the years (CrossFit, Ido Portal, Overload) and apply that to our members.
How does your member structure look like? (Number of members, Male/Female, Young/Old, any competitive athletes?)
150 members, ratio M/F is 55/45%, ages vary from 17 to 55. We have a small competitive group which compete in mostly regional competitions (for example: Lowlands Throwdown).
Do you have additional training possibilities (Yoga, Gymnastics etc.)?
We have 3 areas in our box, which consist of an Open area, a Lift area and a Gymnastics area. There are gymnastic rings, ropes and bridges available.
Do you consult your members in nutrition questions?
During our On Ramp course we cover nutrition and advise our members. We ask them to experiment to see what fits their needs best. In addition we have a closed FB group for our members for all of their nutrition questions/recipes/shares.
If I start as a beginner – how does my training in the first month look like?
All our beginners start in a separate On Ramp group which consists of 8 trainings over the duration of 4 weeks. There they will get acquainted with all movements, skills, nutrition, our programming and our gym dynamics.
Do you organize any internal or open competitions?
Every year we are participating with a larger group of athletes during the CrossFit Open and the Qualifier for the Lowlands Throwdown. Now we already have a few competing in the Battle of London. This will only grow as our box grows.
Do you have links to other boxes?
We have an excellent relationship with CrossFit Gymert, CrossFit Amsterdam, CrossFit Antwerpen and Breda Strength & Conditioning.
Can I drop in if I am passing your city? Who do I have to contact?
You are most certainly welcome to visit our box and train with us! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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