Best CrossFit Studios In East Bay

November 3, 2012 11:00 AM
Ever since it was first established in Santa Cruz in 1995, the strength and conditioning system known as CrossFit has grown rapidly in popularity in the Bay Area and across the country. Today there are approximately 4,400 CrossFit gyms, with a good number in East Bay. Anyone thinking of joining a local CrossFit should be in reasonably good health and it’s never a bad idea to consult with a personal physician before taking on any new form of exercise. CrossFit is open to both members and non-members but paid introductory training sessions are required before participating in classes. All CrossFit trainers have to undergo a certification process, with many possessing advanced degrees. All locations hold several classes Monday through Friday and a few classes on weekends.

Berkeley CrossFit
2146 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 685-8295

Berkeley CrossFit is conveniently located right off Highway 80, along one of the city’s major thoroughfares that’s also known as Highway 123. Metered parking is available along San Pablo Avenue and free after 6 p.m. The 1,000-square-foot facility is a bare-bones gym without lockers or shower facilities but has all of the equipment that other East Bay gyms possess. The big plus for Berkeley CrossFit is its excellent coach-to-student ratio of one to six.

CrossFit East Bay
520 20th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 910-2919

CrossFit East Bay is located in the Great Western Power Company, an 11,000-square-foot climbing gym in downtown Oakland. There is no on-site parking but there are plenty of metered parking spaces nearby and it is in close proximity to the 19th Street BART station. CrossFit East Bay operates in a 2,000-square-foot section of the building and has lockers and shower facilities. The front desk sells nutritional items such as PaleoKits and IsoPure protein.

CrossFit Mariner Square 
2227 Mariner Square Loop
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-8011

CrossFit Mariner Square is a 1,600-square-foot facility within Mariner Square Athletic Club (MSAC), located across the Oakland Estuary from Jack London Square. All CrossFit Marine Square memberships include access to MSAC. The main athletic club features a café, locker rooms, massage services, exercise equipment, group exercise classes and a six-lane Junior Olympic-size swimming pool. There is plenty of free parking on site. 

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CrossFit San Ramon
2411 Old Crow Canyon Road, Suite N
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 457-4587

CrossFit San Ramon is conveniently located off Highway 680 with plenty of on-site parking. Located in the Tri Valley area, the gym offers massages inside the gym or at members’ homes. CrossFit San Ramon also holds a number of special clinics including nutrition courses and Paleo cooking classes. Visitors to the studio’s website may purchase custom Team CrossFit San Ramon t-shirts, shorts and jackets through its online store.

Grassroots CrossFit
2036 Blake St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 859-4431

Grassroots CrossFit has a prime location in downtown Berkeley, just minutes from the Berkeley BART station and UC Berkeley. There are some designated parking spots with plenty of free street parking close by. Cubbies and shoes are available, along with a shower facility. Grassroots CrossFit also sells RokFit t-shirts at the site and online.

Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. His work can be found on

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