Sunday, March 25, 2012

St Charles, MO.....the burbs!

After visiting the folks and a few friends back home in Cincinnati, I headed west to surprise my friend Rochelle Thayer.  Ro, as I call her, was one of my co-judges at the 2010 CrossFit Games.  I didn't tell her I was coming, I just dropped into her box unannounced!  CF TNT (216) in St. Charles, MO.  To say the least, Ro was shocked when I walked in the door.  It was good seeing her and her lil baby, Strong.  She waisted no time getting me in and getting ready for the WOD.  In preps for 12.1, I wanted to not kill myself, so I lightened the load for "Elizabeth".  Did an 11:30 with squat cleans at 95#.  Wasn't going super fast, but got the blood flowing.  I had so much fun with Ro, Jill, Jeff, and the rest of the crew from TNT, that I stayed in town for 3 days! 

I went over to CF St. Louis and got a make up pic from early in my travels and then headed over to CF St. Charles (217) in St Charles, MO to check them out.   No I hate giving bad reviews and maybe I caught them on an off day, but I wasn't thrilled.  There was no actually trainer, just a guy who was in charge that night.  Movements weren't explained and there were way too many people in such a small space.  I worked with 2 guys during the skill set of 2reps for 7 rds of strict presses so they could get there form down, but no one else seemed interested in helping anyone. People asked me a few times if they were doing it right.  I did the lifts 75, 95, 115, 125, 145, 165, & 175.  I stayed with my partners and didn't go but one round past their capacity.  As for the WOD it was chaos! 400m run, followed by a bunch of 15 rep exercise for 2 rounds.  I've never felt unsafe to do a workout until now.  People were dropping bars without covering them while people were of the ground doing burpees.  The biggest thing that honestly stood out was when a woman said she was a trainer there, made a guy move from finishing his double unders cuz he was in her way.  All she had to do was use the other side of the bar and there would have been enough room.  I hope this was just a one time thing and I hope they are usually better but it wasn't worth my drive.  Sorry

I hung out at TNT for another day, taught an intro, taught a regular class, and even fixed a few things around the box.  I even got in a "Pregnant WOD" as we called it.  30m EMOM of 3 jumping pull ups, 6 bar push ups, and 9 air squats.  It was supposed to be "Chelsea" but the open was the next day and I didn't want to tear just in case there was pull ups.... (Buck Furpees!)All in all the TNT was a great time with a great family atmosphere.  I can't wait til I go back and visit a few more boxes in the area and see my friends again.  You were awesome TNT and I'm super grateful. 

Stong and I... I bought him that onezy before he was born! 


  1. Michael,
    I am really sorry I missed you while you were in town. We enjoy meeting our out of town guest and welcoming them to our family. I am truly sorry for your experience at my gym. Usually an unannounced visit is no big deal but you were one of 10 folks that showed up unexpectedly that night. We prefer to keep our class sizes to around 10 and program to that end. That night we were expecting 9 and got 19! As you and the trainer Matt reported, truly chaos. You are right to say that this was an off night for us. This is certainly not our standard. Needless to say, If you are back in town you are more than welcome to drop in again.
    Kim Wilkes
    Crossfit St. Charles

  2. I would not have showed up if the online sign up would have been full, for that I appologize. I'm glad it was just an off night and not the norm. Next time i'm back in the 'Lou, I'll come back and update my review. Thanks again for having me.