Wednesday, March 14, 2012


CrossFit Omaha

  I’ve had the opportunity to visit CF Omaha before and both times have been good experiences.  This particular time I had a chance to visit with co-owner and head coach Joe Westerlin.  Joe has an easy laid back demeanor with the confidence of an experienced coach.  He is able to analyze and appropriately cue athletes from the very inexperienced to the well-seasoned alike.  Coming across a coach like Joe makes me really appreciate good coaching.  One of the key factors I use when evaluating a gym is the quality of coaching.  With as many gyms as I've visited I've seen the entire range of coaching from Joe's attention to detail all the way to "the workout is on the whiteboard 3,2,1...Go". 

Joe and co-owner Ricky Frausto (both CrossFit Lvl II coaches) have strength and conditioning background, both as coaches and Div 1 athletes at the University Of Nebraska- Omaha.  They have carried that extensive amount of experience and knowledge over to CF Omaha and have developed great programming.  Joe believes what separates their box from others is the quality of service they provide to their customers.  "The results speak for themselves.  The success of our athletes speaks for itself."

CrossFit Omaha started in 2007 in the varsity weight room of the University of Nebraska- Omaha.  In 2008 they moved to their current 4000+ sq ft facility (with showers) located approximately 20 minutes SW of the Epply Airport. With the quality programming and 200+ members, CrossFit Omaha has consistently fielded a Games caliber team resulting in a 3rd place finish at the 2010 Games.  Their team is currently ranked 17th in the world for the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Class started w/ a few Snatch progressions to help everyone get  more focused on this technical movement, prior to the wod. Next the wod was a Snatch ladder (75/98/110/120/132/142/154/164/176/186/198)
every min on the min progress one bar, with only two attempts per bar, until you fail.  #SnatchesSuk.  I need a lot of work on this movement.  After a short break, we moved onto  3 x 30sec sets of Chest 2 Bar Pull ups w/ 90 sec rest between sets.  All in all, a great shoulder workout. 

The gym has a great relaxed feel to it with friendly coaches and athletes. There are plenty of t-shirts and other gear available for sale on site. Make sure you contact them prior to dropping in. If you're lucky maybe you'll be in town during one of their many social events like "Burpees and Beer" or an impromptu "Stink and Drink".
I definitely look forward to another visit in the future. 


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