Local Love - Grassroots CrossFit East Bay - Orion

Local Love – Grassroots CrossFit East Bay

Get in the best shape of your life with some help from Grassroots CrossFit East Bay.  Located in a large training facility in the heart of nearby Jack London Square and just over 1 mile from Orion, the popular fitness center will help you attain your health goals.  Andra Dowgala,  one of the owners at Grassroots CrossFit East Bay, recently took the time to answer a few questions we posed in order to gain some insight.

Share a bit about your story. How did GRCF East Bay find its home on Franklin Street?

We were looking for another space to expand from our current CrossFit Gym in Berkeley and heard about the opening in Jack London. We loved the beautiful area and were excited to come to Oakland. 

How would you describe your location in 3 words:


How do you use your amazing waterfront location to your advantage in training?

We love having the waterfront location at our disposal for running workouts. 

Name 3 things that separates your CF team from others:

Our goal at Grassroots is for everyone who enters our doors to feel welcome and leave feeling even better than when they came in. We aim to provide the best gym experience possible through our caring community, purposeful programming, and supportive staff. We believe in emphasizing technique and proper form prior to adding intensity. In addition, we have a class schedule that can accommodate our members’ busy lifestyles. We can’t wait for you to see the Grassroots difference!

What’s the one thing that members are most surprised to learn?

Members are surprised to learn that we partner with Physical Therapists to provide a Mobility Class, Injury Prevention Screening, and Movement Workshops.

Describe a favorite fundraiser event among members?

Our favorite fundraiser is OUTWOD which is an event where participants do a CrossFit workout to support LGBTQ athletes and promote inclusivity.

Among Members what is the most loved exercise:


Most dreaded:


How many Coaches does your team have now? Any advice from the team to someone still on the fence?

In addition to the three gym owners who coach classes, we have 5 other coaches on staff. For someone still unsure about trying CrossFit, we encourage you to come to a Sunday Community Class to give it a shot. It’s a fun workout that can be scaled to any fitness level! Our coaches will meet you wherever you are on your fitness journey and help you accomplish your goals.

Any plans to incorporate Brooklyn Basin’s new Township Commons Park into fit drills?

Yes! We can’t wait to have short workouts for people to try.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions and welcome to the Oakland waterfront.

Learn more about Grassroots CrossFit East Bay on their websiteFacebook page and Instagram feed.


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