>> My Review of Crossfit 584 <<
by, Tina SmileySelf-proclaimed "Gym Gypsy" ...visiting and reviewing one gym at a time.
"We train the body and mind so that you are prepared to take on any task you may encounter during the day. With athletes of all ages, abilities, and diversities, we train as a community, motivating each other along the way."
By now you’ve probably figured out that I’m a bit of fitness junkie and I move around a lot dropping in to gyms, crossfit boxes, yoga studios, bootcamps, etc… ergo earning the term “Gym Gypsy.” This endearing term was initially given to me as an off the cuff remark one day as my friend and coach, Scott Barbee, was introducing me to one of his members. I thought it was pretty accurate and well... it sorta stuck with me.
Scott is the owner and head coach of Crossfit 584 here in Burlington. I believe it’s accurate to say he’s the main reason that the Crossfit community even exists in town today as he and a local gym owner partnered years back and opened Crossfit Training Valley in nearby Gibsonville over the summer/fall of 2009. I still remember our very first introduction to a "crossfit class" as my husband and I dropped in one Saturday morning.... to say we were a tad intimidated was an understatement. We soon joined and became a member of the crossfit community. Before long, my three boys also joined, and the Smiley Family was a big presence in this new-found fitness community. Since then, the original “box” had gone through two splits, some controversy, and eventually had to close their doors. It was as sad day, but life goes on.
In the meantime however, the closing led to the opening of two different other boxes in town….the first one being Crossfit 584 and the other being Crossfit Simplicity which I previously reviewed and highly recommended.
Located on the busy strip of South Church Street, Crossfit 584 is pretty easy to get to and if you frequent the area, you’ve probably driven by more than once. With 2500 square feet of workout space, this gym is home to it’s 8 coaches (including Scott) and roughly 100 members, many of whom I've personally gotten to know over the last few years. Structured and coached classes are offered Monday through Friday, ranging from early morning to mid evening. On Saturdays there is typically a “Community Workout” offered for newcomers and then Sunday, members can enjoy and open gym time.
>> Expert Instruction and Training <<
...Endurance, Stamina, Conditioning ....Speed, Power, Strength ,,,Balance, Agility, Coordination ,,,Muscle Gain & Weightloss ...Diet, Nutrition, Wellness ,,,Mobility & Flexibility ...Olympic Lifting ..Sports Specific Training ....Functional Fitness ...Cert. Personal Training
Anyway, Coach Scott’s a pretty cool guy and with 11 years of Crossfit experience, he knows his stuff. Currently possessing a Level 2 Crossfit Certification (and working on a level 3), he has over 10 years of coaching experience as well as as a Functional Movement Screen Certification. Scott is also a Level 2 Advanced Sports Performing Coach under USA Weightlifing. So, if he sees you doing something even a little wrong, especially with a barbell, he will correct you. I’ve seen him drop what he’s doing, walk clear across a gym floor just to correct somebody who is lifting wrong. You may not think that’s a cool thing, but believe me…it is.
The other coaches also follow a passion for fitness and mobility. There are even opportunities for personal training if that’s what you prefer. You can check out their website for all they have to offer, or you can simply stop by and chat with the owner or one of the coaches.
Now I was hard pressed to come up with possible "downsides" to Crossfit 584. Actually it's been difficult for me to think of any negatives about the gyms I've reviewed so far, but to be fair and balanced (like or unlike Fox News) I will attempt to give you both the pros and cons. So here goes...
Like many boxes, there is the issue of parking. Crossfit 584 is no exception as they have a somewhat small parking lot and share it with a pet hospital right next door. You are not allowed to park on the left side of the building. Members and visitors used to be able to utilize the upper parking lot to the right of the building until this past year when another gym located there brought up concerns. Fortunately there hasn't been too much of a problem so far.
Another slight complaint...sort of a nit-picky thing... is the fact that 584 does not have a large barbell rack. Instead, they offer individual racks you have to drag out and put away each and every time you do squats or presses. Also, their pull-up bars are "suspended" from the ceiling, along with their wall-ball targets. Swinging from the ceiling for your toes-to-bar and pull ups takes some getting used to. Wall-ball shots are also a little more difficult since you're tossing to a target in the air rather than to the wall. But hey... it just makes you better at them I guess.
If none of that bothers you however, then you've no reason not to drop in to Crossfit 584. There's always a good workout to be had and more than a few friendly faces to see when you walk through the door. So put on your sneakers or crossfit shoes, grab your gymbag and head on over and check them out. I promise you will get an experience you'll remember, and a workout your body won't let you forget. I can almost guarantee it. :)
Fun facts: *The name '584' is from the old area code for Burlington, NC. *There is a front lobby area, with seating and wifi. *Two bathrooms are located within the facility along with a shower. *Free community classes are offered each Saturday morning at 10am. *There are two coffee shops located within direct walking distance...one next door and one across the street! ☕❤
Check them out!
3319 South Church Street, Burlington, NC 27215