New Gym Coming to Waltham

The gym is aiming to open by the end of 2013.

Cross Fit Watch City is currently under construction. Credit: Rob Rykowski
Cross Fit Watch City is currently under construction. Credit: Rob Rykowski

Waltham residents will soon have another option for working off stress and improving their fitness – a new gym in Waltham.

Rob Rykowski, a Waltham resident, plans to open Crossfit Watch City at 411 Waverly Oaks Rd .soon, he told Waltham Patch in a recent interview. He is aiming to open on Dec. 2. It will be located below Beat Da Wrap.

“Waltham is a natural fit,” Rykowski said.

Unlike traditional fitness centers that are open to anybody who wants to use machines and weights, Crossfit Watch City will run four daily structured classes teaching the Crossfit program. The program has students perform a high-intensity workout comprising of several parts including cardiovascular exercises and weight training, Rykowski said. It’s designed to focus on overall fitness rather than focusing on part of the body or ability, Rykowski said.

“We do pretty much any and all movement,” he said. 

Rykowski’s journey to Waltham and opening a gym started in Los Angeles. Rykowski, 29, said he flirted with the idea of becoming a personal trainer when he lived in Los Angeles, but his friends pushed him toward an office job. However, his passion for exercise only increased when he moved to Massachusetts and he became a Crossfit teacher and personal trainer at another Crossfit location in Waltham.

“I was enjoying sharing what I learned with people,” Rykowski said on why he chose to open the Waltham location. 

Now, Rykowski is focused on opening by the end of the year. He recently sold his first membership. However, he is still nervous about the undertaking.

 ‘I'm certainly a bit scared,” Rykowski said. “I got my first member and I was like 'oh my God'.”





Tom Markham October 29, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Please open a gym near 128!!! It takes 20 minutes to get to Waverly Oaks from near Main and 128. There is already a gym at Waverly "Planet Fitness"
Gilaad Cohen December 04, 2013 at 08:59 AM
I own a gym in waltham named crossfit newton(I know, newton in waltham). We've been open for about five years now. The gym location is right near comm ave. And very close to 128. Our website is crossfitnewton.com
Jodie Levetin Cohen December 04, 2013 at 09:11 AM
I think there is a bit of misinformation in this article. Just to clarify CrossFit Watch City has never been opened before in Newton. Rob Rykowski was hired as a trainer at CrossFit Newton, which is on the Waltham/West Newton line, for 1 year.


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