With two days in Paris, I managed to find time to drop in at both “The Original Crossfit Addicts” and Crossfit Lourve. The latter is located much closer to my hotel. In fact, it was walking distance.
I stopped in Crossfit Lourve one morning and inquired about dropping in for a WOD later that afternoon. They were more than willing to accommodate me for one of the scheduled sessions all for the cost of 25 euros(their drop-in fee as of this date). I told them I would be back for either the 4:30p or 5:15p session
After a day of walking around the city, I ended up dropping in for the 4:30pm class. There were about 14 or so people at that session. The coach running the show was the friendly and fit, Melanie or Mel for short.
One interesting thing she did was pass around name tags for each athlete to wear. This was something I’ve never seen before at any affiliate. At Crossfit Portland, the name game was introduced before the session, but never any physical form of name tags. I appreciate the efforts for any coach to ensure a supportive community.
Mel spoke French throughout the stretching routine and the WOD. Despite the language gap, someone experienced with the CF movements should be able to understand what’s going on.
Mel, however, did approach me after specifically to confirm that I understood what was going on, which I definitely did appreciate. I found some affiliates are completely indifferent about foreigners understanding the routine. I realize this could be a function of the coach running the session rather than the affiliate itself.
That WOD for that day was:
- 100 double unders
- 50 wall balls 20lbs
- 30 chest to bar
- 100 double unders
There was a 10-minute time cap on the WOD. I didn’t finish it within the allocated time. I had 98 double unders left. I could of finished the WOD within a reasonable time without a time limit.
Afterwards there was a short mobility sessions in the up stairs while the next session was just underway.
When you think Paris or Europe in General, you think small hotel room and small bathrooms. Well, this box isn’t small at the same time it isn’t huge like some other facilities. I can see the size of the class out growing itself pretty quickly. During my session, we had two heats for the WOD because of space and equipment constraints. I would imagine the early morning or mid-afternoon sessions would have few people in attendance. A good way to go about planning your day would be to WOD early in the morning before any of the tourist sites open so that you’ll get a work out in while you’re not missing any of the tourist sights with your family/friends.
The box does have nice locker rooms and showers in the basement. The lockers come with locks so there’s no need to bring your own.
The rowers and GHD machines are up-stairs. It’s not exactly a second story, but a loft like platform that provides additional floor space.
Immediately on the right after entering the box, there’s retail shelves and hangers with Reebok gear and apparel. The morning I stopped in to inquire about dropping in, I ran into a couple visiting from the states who were also WOD. They were there to buy some apparel and were considering working out the following day.
If you’re staying in the ever so popular La Place Vendome area, it’s a 10-minute walk away.
If you’re coming from the Metro, you want to get off at the “Lourve-Rivoli” stop located off Line #1 and walk North until you hit Rue Étienne Marcel.
Look for this store front: