“We offer different programs to add complimentary/accessory work to our CrossFit program,” he explained.
Lift. Kardio. Burn. Yoga. Crossflow. Killer Abs. J Fit. CrossFit. Eight programs in all help crowd CrossFit Hollywood’s space, each with its own focus. For example, Lift is a specifically designed barbell program used to help familiarize athletes with Olympic/Power lifts.
Thompson explained many of these ideas come from other gyms’ programs he has seen, taking them and making them his own. Plus, several of his Coaches have brought ideas to the table. “I’m blessed to have very enthusiastic and extremely creative Coaches on my staff,” said Thompson. “CrossFit Hollywood is bigger than myself. I’m just trying to keep up.”
In terms of creating successful programming outside of normal CrossFit classes, Thompson offered up these five tips:
Right now, most of CrossFit Hollywood’s programs are included in its membership packages. As the Box expands however, Thompson said he will be following NorCal CrossFit’s lead which does not include its extra programming in the regular membership.
In the end, the benefits of offering such a variety of programming has been tangible. “We’re able to give a more diverse crowd what they want,” said Thompson. “Not everyone wants to do CrossFit. Some people don’t want to lift barbells, and some people, all they want to do is lift barbells. It just helps us bring value to our Box, as well as stimulate the Coaches with a more challenging coaching environment.”