We started CFCA in 2010 in a tiny space on the state fish pier with the intention of building physical and mental capacity in our members and a strong active community through a style of training that really wasn’t available in the immediate area at the time. We have grown significantly since those early days but have always made a point to keep our gym a fun, engaging and above all a supportive and inclusive environment.
With the recent boom of Crossfit as sport/competition, we have evolved into what we’d consider more of a “lifestyle” affiliate. Our goal at CFCA is to prioritize long term sustainable training in the way we feel has the best carryover to our member’s lives. In addition to that, we strive to get our members thinking about fitness and health from a whole life, big picture perspective (mental health, nutrition, recovery, etc.) beyond just showing up to the gym. We believe with better overall fitness and health come more options and freedom to participate in all the amazing aspects of life.
At CFCA, we put an extra emphasis on getting our members outside and enjoying all that Cape Ann has to offer. On any given day you can go paddling, rowing, surfing, trail running, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, etc… what an incredible place we live in. We encourage and create opportunities for our members to enjoy this diverse environment. Enough can’t be said about the power of a supportive community of active folks for making lasting lifestyle changes.
Our Group Classes
We train everyone… from any fitness level and every background. Our group classes are a little over an hour in length and consist of a warm up, movement instruction and review, workout, and a cool down. Our workouts change everyday which keeps it fun and engaging for our members. New members start with our “foundational” workouts and build from there. Emphasis for our new members is put on establishing safe movement patterns and building a fitness foundation rather than intensity. We also offer a few specialty classes which currently include Yoga, Climbing, Weightlifting, Saturday Team, and Open Gym times. These also last around an hour in length and are open to all levels and abilities. Our only expectation for you is that you come to each class with an open mind, a positive attitude, and the ability to challenge yourself at YOUR current ability. Our group classes generally follow this layout…
Mon-Wed-Fri classes are shorter duration, higher intensity workouts with elements of strength/ skill building where more technical movements may be utilized.
Tue-Thur-Sat classes are longer in workout duration with an emphasis on endurance & building a fitness base. These classes are ideal for those that are new to crossfit or returning to exercise from a long hiatus.