That was evident by the more than 250 people who attended the Fall Brawl hosted by the Affiliate League at CrossFit Long Island City earlier this month.
This competition features 84 competitors who took part in four workouts over the course of two days on September 7 and 8.
“Queens has a great CrossFit community,” said Chris Pimuelli, who started the Affiliate League eight months ago to host the competitions. “I want to tap into the Queens community.”
Pimuelli gave up a career working in sales at a sports retail company to start the league.
“The exciting part is that everyone shares the same suffering,” he said with a laugh. “They root each other on even through they’re competing against each other.”
Astoria's Crossfit Dynamix also had trainers volunteer at the competition, as well as have some students compete.
“CrossFit Dynamix has been extremely supportive,” said Pimuelli.
Affiliate League will host Dynamix Duo on Sunday, October 20. The competition will feature a male-female team that will have their scores judged together.
Team Dangerous, a fitness social community, will host a prom before the event to build excitement.
“We’re new, they’re new and it’s a great relationship for us,” said David Blair, one of the founder of Team Dangerous and frequent visitor to CrossFit facilities in the tri-state area. “I have found that the community is mostly the same, it’s a good group of people.”
“The CrossFit community is amazing,” said Jaclyn Henry, who took first place in the Women's Scaled Division. “I’ve been playing competitive sports my whole life, so something like this just seems right up my alley.”