CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.
We've been in the CrossFit community since the early days. As the oldest CrossFit gym in DC, we've seen it all. Our programming builds on the idea that a human being should be able to prepare for any physical activity, with a handful of fundamental movements. Whether you walk, run, skate, or ski, Primal's Crossfit program will enhance your performance.
Our trainers work together to create 8-16 week cycles that focus on improving specific components of your overall fitness. Whether it be building general strength, cardiovascular endurance, or mobility, our approach is designed to help anyone at any fitness level.
We post and coach a "workout of the day" (WOD) every day that builds toward these goals.
If you are curious about what CrossFit at Primal Fitness is all about then check out our CrossFit Intro offer. This offer includes 4 instructional workouts that are held over two consecutive weeks. You can choose Monday and Wednesday at 7pm.
The 4 instructional classes are guided by one of our supportive and experienced trainers, you will gain proficiency in the classic CrossFit movements and exercises that you will encounter in Primal’s group Crossfit classes. Spend the rest of your month enjoying an Unlimited Membership. Challenge yourself with an intermediate-scaled version of the daily WODs ("Workout of the Day"), at any of the CrossFit group class times we offer.
Our Intro class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00pm . To maintain optimal quality, we have to limit 4 people maximum per class - what are you waiting for? Sign up now!
See the schedule above to find the starting date of the next On-Ramp session!
Clients with an active unlimited membership can come to as many of our daily classes as they like. Drop-ins are welcome anytime.
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Do those times not work with your schedule? Do you prefer a one-on-one approach? If so, then our Personal Training On-Ramp is right for you. For the price of $200, you receive two, 1 hour training sessions, scheduled at a time that works for you to learn and develop your skills at complex and dynamic exercises. We will tailor our instruction to your individual needs and abilities to bring you into the fold. After you've completed your initial training, the rest of the month is yours to jump into whichever of our regular classes work best for you.
If your schedule does not allow you to attend our regular classes or if you simply prefer a one-on-one approach, our instructors will be happy to give you their personal attention. For more information, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
The schedule below is subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule, please see the widget on the left.
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Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, Strongman
Favorite Lift: Cleans and Front Squats
Favorite Benchmark: Diane and Murph
Hobbies: Megan strives to be a well-rounded athlete and has participated in numerous Marine Corps Marathons, obstacle races, and fitness challenges. Outside of fitness Megan works in research and loves spending time outdoors with her dog Elway. Ask her about nutrition (paleo and anabolic nutrient timing), food prepping, and art.
CrossFit Level 1, Competition Club
Favorite Lift: All things Barbell
Favorite Benchmark: DT and MURPH
Hobbies: Ryan enjoys being at the gym (either coaching or working out). Outside of the gym, he loves to travel, going to the beach, visiting his hometown (Hawaii), and FaceTiming his nephews.
CrossFit Level 1, Competition Club
3+ Years CrossFit Experience, CrossFit Competition, Long Distance Running
Favorite Lift: Squat Clean, Deadlift
Favorite Benchmark: Fran and Barbara
Hobbies: Nick spends his time away from the Gym working at a healthcare consulting and software company, cooking, working with rescue dogs, and watching too much TV.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Part of Primal Fitness since 2009
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Favorite Benchmark: Annie
Hobbies: Outside of Primal Fitness, Jenn works full time as a Psychiatric Nurse, serving those patients with severe mental illnesses.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, part of the Primal Fitness family since 2013
Favorite Lift: Pick-It-Up/Put-It-Down
Favorite Benchmark: Grrrls
Hobbies: Clem is a PhD physicist by trade and is interested in all things techno-philosophy and which pertain to the attainment of an empathetic understanding of human endeavors. Inquire about: Wellness-Fitness Continuum; Intentional Living, Method Problem Solving, cooking/eating/idea-trading. Inquire about: FAM/NFP, nutrition, physics, philosophy, cultural topology.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
She once traveled 2000 miles in search of the best grilled cheese sandwich. For now, though, LaShonda helps our clients from our front desk. She's originally from Alabama, and when she's not here at Primal Fitness, she teaches Physics at Stone Ridge of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland.
Favorite Skills: Flips, Handstands, Cartwheels
Hobbies: Parkour, West Coast Swing, Capoeira, Tennis, Skiing, Poi, Research, Juggling, and many more. When not working at Primal Fitness, Daniel is researching at the national archives, translating Russian, and supporting a small media company. He considers his best life decision to be quitting his full-time office job to pursue the things he loves.
Mark's diverse background ranges from Theater Design to Engineering, Information Technology, and being a registered Stockbroker. Mark has lived overseas and traveled all over the world. Mark is dedicated full time to Parkour and CrossFit, splitting responsibilities as founder of americanparkour.com, owner and trainer at the world's first Parkour gym, Primal Fitness, and manager of The Tribe.
Skills: Parkour, Freerunning, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Martial Arts, Stage Fighting, Capoeira, Motorcycle (advanced but not stunts), Horseback Riding (advanced), Swimming, Skateboarding, Inline Skating, Snowboarding, BMX Freestyle, Minor Stunts and falls, Survivalist, Ninja Warrior, MovNat certified, CrossFit Level II Certified, CPR and First Aid Certified
Winnie is our mascot and can usually be found encouraging all of our clients to be their absolute best.