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Gym Guidelines and FAQs
Please check your ego at the door, it’s likely to get trounced if you don’t; no one cares how much you can lift, we care how well you can lift it. The coaches are there to help you improve now and long into the future.
Please introduce yourself to all newcomers (or someone you don’t recognize). Remember when you were the new guy or gal? A friendly introduction goes a long way. Plus, they may need to revive your unconscious body later on and “hey dude” is so impersonal.
At Meraki, no one breaks down their equipment until everyone has finished the workout. This is a common courtesy that you too will one day benefit from as everyone is last in the workout someday. You can cheer on others, grab a foam roller, or just sit and enjoy the down time, but don’t touch your equipment.
Yes, we know you’re cool and we know how empowering it is to drop a barbell from overhead. You know what’s not empowering? When you barbell drops to the floor and dances into someone else’s shin injuring them for weeks. Not sure what ghost-riding looks like? Ask your coach next time in class.
Would you drop your baby from two feet above the ground? We certainly hope not. We use an empty barbell a lot in class for drill and form work. When putting the barbell down, gently place in on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for the fine piece of equipment that is a barbell.
yes, we offer a free week trial to anyone who wants to try Meraki CrossFit for the first time, after they complete a No Sweat Consult and are eligible. Simply complete the Free Trial class form and book in a time to come in for your first class. After you have attended your free class we encourage you to become part of the community so you can make the most of what our gym has to offer.
The shop is not your oyster, it’s many people’s oyster. If you set up on one pull-up bar, don’t take someone else’s bar just because they’re not there. If your wallball is further away from the rest of your equipment than you would like, well then, run to the wallball, don’t use someone else’s just because it’s closer.
You have to clean-up after yourself. It’s your responsibility to get out and put away your equipment, count your own reps, get your own tissue, and clean off your bars. Plus, by carrying those huge boxes all the way across the shop you’ll gain a lot of fitness.
Headphones are for the big box gym and lead to eye contact avoidance and individuals living in their own world. At Meraki, we like to talk, connect, and suffer together. Sure, you may not like the music, but if you’re working out hard enough, that shouldn’t be on your mind.
Children who can sit on the couch while their parent works out are welcome to come to the Box with Mom or Dad. They are not allowed at any point to come onto the gym floor or training area. Sure we like kids, we even have a few; however, the safety of the children and quality of the athletes’ training environment demands this arrangement.
Every athlete pushes themselves in a different way. You can scream, cuss, cry, go to your happy place, bleed, or even rest…just don’t quit. The human body is capable of more than you can possibly comprehend; challenge it accordingly.
NO! CrossFit is for everyone!
CrossFit can be done by anyone with the desire to get into better shape. All ages and shapes are welcome in Crossfit, ESPECIALLY at MERAKI!
No more dangerous that any other athletic endeavor. In fact, since you are only competing against yourself, you are able to scale your workout to custom fit your needs and requirements!
Safety is the number one priority. You will have appropriate scaling for your workout under the supervision of a level one trainer and/or physical therapist. You will be taught proper form on each move before you can advance onto adding heavy weight. You will do a warm up, sometimes followed by a strength training, then a WOD.
Any clothes that you feel comfortable working out in. Wear the flattest tennis shoes you have – smaller the heel, the better. Many athletes use weightlifting gloves, knee sleeves, lifters, etc.
WOD stands for Workout of the Day. This typically runs between 5 and 20 mins of a variety of movements including cardio, gymnastics, and weightlifting.