Holy warehouse Batman!!! Very few boxes cause me to pause when I walk in, that's not the case with the 20,000+ sq ft I AM CROSSFIT. The place is so ridiculously big it short circuited my brain. And it’s not just a huge undeveloped open warehouse space, it's totally painted and has plenty of gear throughout. One section known simply as "Eastside" is 4000sq ft and is a complete box in and of itself. This area is used by members more as an open gym space where they can do their own wod/ programming (Outlaw, Wendler, etc..), separate from the daily wods. One unique feature in Eastside is a full size boxing ring.
A lot of props to Coach Danny and Coach DJ, they went out of their way to make me feel welcome in their house. I note this because unfortunately it's not a common occurrence at quite a few of the gyms I have visited. Affiliates, CrossFit is a worldwide community, not just in your neighborhood.
IACF is located a convenient 10 minutes south of Miami International Airport, in the Doral neighborhood. They have been in their current location for just a year and have built a membership of over 500 athletes. Make sure you confirm the address before you head there as I found two separate addresses online.
I Am CrossFit is part of a 5 gym network of boxes in the greater Miami area. Those gyms are I Am CrossFit, Gables CrossFit, CrossFit Vida Brickell (currently 6th in the SouthEast Regionals), CrossFit South Miami, and CrossFit Coconut Grove. Most of the gyms have a specialty offering as well, South Miami has CrossFit Kids, I Am CrossFit has boxing, Gables has yoga, etc. $150 buys you a monthly unlimited at one gym or $175 gets you into any one in the group. Heck of a deal. Programming is done by one person and wods are consistent across the network. A cool thing to keep the group of boxes connected is their annual Civil War Games. A Games like competition of individual throw downs and a team finals competition. The winning box takes home The Golden Hammer which is currently held by I Am CrossFit.
The wod today consisted of a 1 mile run (warm up) then 3X1 Front Squats followed by the metcon "Longhorn"; 5 rounds of 1 minute Max KB swings, 1 minute Max burpees, 1 minute rest. I swear I did enough burpees in 3 wods in FL to last me a couple months. Good wod. Tons of encouragement doled out by the coaches as well as the athletes. This place had a great "family" vibe and supports Coach Danny's opinion that the coolest thing about IACF is the athletes.
Every CrossFit gym should have this sign on their front door.