Headed to Kansas City this week for Thanksgiving? Looking to keep up your CrossFit routine while in town? Guest blogger, traveler and CrossFitter Amanda Graor has the scoop on several area locations ready to help you work off the big Thanksgiving feast.
As a Kansas City resident who travels frequently and has made CrossFit a part of my fitness routine, I’ve made it a habit to drop in on CrossFit boxes wherever I happen to find myself (thanks CrossFit Fairfax, CrossFit Hines Park and CrossFit Verve to name a few). Dropping in is a great way to meet local folks and get in those elusive road workouts at the same time. Kansas City has some fantastic options close to Downtown and the Country Club Plaza for CrossFitters in from all over the world!
- CrossFit Memorial Hill (www.crossfitmemorialhill): Located just south of Downtown, CrossFit Memorial Hill takes its name from its proximity to Liberty Memorial, the national World War I museum. Drop-ins are welcome for $15 or free with the purchase of a shirt.
- CrossFit Matters (www.crossfitmatters.com): This one is the closest option for visitors in the Country Club Plaza vicinity. Located within walking distance of many Plaza hotels, CrossFit Matters also welcomes visitors for $15 or purchase of a shirt.
- CrossFit on 18th (www.crossfiton18th.com): Another option for downtown visitors and an easy trip on a B-cycle (Kansas City’s bikesharing system), CrossFit on 18th is located just east of downtown in the Crossroads district. Visitors are welcome for a $25 drop-in fee.
- The Yard at River Market CrossFit (www.rivermarketcrossfit.com): A little bit further out of downtown (but not too far), The Yard at River Market CrossFit allows visitors to drop in for $20 or the purchase of a shirt. If you head this direction, you might also treat yourself to a local favorite butcher shop and sandwich shop, The Local Pig, which is just down the street in this East Bottoms neighborhood.
There are lots of options for suburban visitors as well, and each location has its own rules for visitors, but one thing is generally consistent across boxes in Kansas City and elsewhere – be sure to check in before you go! Each place will be able to tell you which classes have room and let you know the best times to show up. Treat the box like you would treat your own, and you’ll have a home away from home every time you’re in town!
Amanda Graor (@angraor) is a CrossFitting, coffee-guzzling downtown resident whose various activities find her in different parts of the country on a regular basis. Her day job is as the Air Quality Program Manager at the Mid-America Regional Council, but you can also find her at The KC Annex, walking her dog through the heart of KC or kicking around a soccer ball.