We were living in Split for 1 month so of course we were eager to find a box to take some CrossFit classes. We contacted CrossFit Split and Mirko was super welcoming and was kind enough to give us a special deal for 1 weeks worth of classes. It can be a little intimidating when you walk into a gym for the first time and you don’t speak the language. However, it’s also exciting and a really easy way to meet new people and make new friends. That’s the added bonus about CrossFitting when traveling overseas, you’re always able to join a box and in no time at all you feel like a part of the community. And being that English is the universal language, their’s no excuses and it’s always a win win! Mirko’s English was perfect, and it was a plus that he writes out each WOD in English, and explains each workout in both Croatian and English.
Initially the members came across as a little reserved, but it didn’t take us long to strike up conversations and small talk with them. There were always lots of smiles and banter going on between the locals, which created a really fun atmosphere. It was obvious that every athlete there is there to train hard, and give it there all, which was super inspiring and motivating.
CrossFit Split offer a drop in class for 100kn ($15 USD) or you can pay a monthly membership depending on how many classes per week you’d like to take. They offer 2 x classes per week for 240 kn ($36 USD), 3 x classes per week for 300 kn ($45 USD) 4 x classes per week for 330 kn ($50 USD) or 5 x classes per week for 350 kn ($53 USD). They take cash only. But their’s an ATM next door at the Super Konzum, which is 1 minute walk.
In terms of programming, get ready for the most awesome and intensive CrossFit classes you’ve probably ever experienced. Seriously, these guys are no joke. They mean business! Monday to Friday each class starts off with one of the most challenging floor warm ups I think I’ve ever experienced (think Tabata on a jagerbomb). And your literally hot and sweaty within 1 minute. Next, you’ll do some strength/barbell work. Then you’ll do some lengthy WODs. On Saturday’s it’s typically strength or skill work, then a partner WOD. They post each workout on there Facebook page, so feel free to check out there kick ass programming. It’s lit!
The box is a decent size, it’s very well organised and neat and tidy. It has glass doors/windows down one side of the box, so it has great light. The one thing is doesn’t have are fans. So if you run hot and struggle working out in alot of heat (like moi) then hot tip: set up near the door (or even outside if you can) if you need a little extra air, and get ready to get down and dirty, and leave each workout in a giant puddle of sweat! Lol.
The box has everything you need to smash any WOD, and achieve those gainz, gainz, gainz. Out front of the box they have a decent amount of space which is used for lots of running, tire flips, farmers carry and prowlers. They have a small male and female bathroom/change room. And plenty of space to leave your personal items in the front seating area. Their’s also plenty of free parking right out the front of the box.
Owner and head coach Mirko is a CrossFit athlete, 4 x CrossFit Games Open athlete, and ranked 1st in Croatia in 2017. Partner and coach Tina, is a former gymnast who was considered to be Croatia’s most successful international gymnast. She is now a CrossFit athlete, 5 x CrossFit Games Open athlete, and was ranked 2nd in Croatia in 2015 and has ranked 1st in Croatia for the last 3 years.
Mirko and Tina are not just true athletes, but also an amazing team who are dedicated to their work, they focus on great technique, and push athletes to their limits. You can tell they are truly passionate about everything CrossFit, and the community they have created.
The Split community are strong, fit and determined athletes, and it was great to WOD alongside them. We were pushed to our limits, and it was an absolute pleasure WODing with these guys. We are grateful for the opportunity, and can’t rave about them enough. So if you’re ever visiting Split (and you should because it’s absolutely stunning) then be sure to drop in and leave everything on the floor with these guys.
Contact CrossFit Split:
ADDRESS: Stinice ul. 1, 21000, Split, CROATIA
Monday & Wednesday 8:30 – 9:30am, 4 – 10pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30 – 9:30am, 4 – 9pm
Saturday 9:30am – 2pm, 5 – 7pm