HERMOSA BEACH (CBSLA) — For some, Crossfit is more than just a workout – it’s a lifestyle.

But for others who happen to live near a “box” – which is Crossfit jargon for the fitness brand’s studio locations – it’s becoming a public nuisance.

The city of Hermosa Beach voted Tuesday night to conduct a public hearing this summer over Crossfit Horsepower, whose Cypress Street location has been the target of complaints from neighbors who say the high-intensity fitness studio is bringing excessive noise and disruption to the area.

Since its opening in 2014, Crossfit Horsepower has been accused of playing loud music, dropping heavy weights, and allowing its members to run on surrounding streets throughout the day, according to city documents.

Starting in Feb. 2018, neighbors have logged complaints ranging from “loud music”, “massive shakes”, and “weights dropping” as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as nearly 8 p.m., emails released by the city show.

“It is difficult to convey the sheer frustration, and effect on wellbeing [sp] caused by these activities as a whole, added to which is the frustration caused by the intransigence of the [Crossfit] gym proprietors to address the issues in a neighborly fashion”, residents Paul Barker and Jean Geddes said in a statement to the council.

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But some supporters like Matt McCool wondered whether the complaints were necessary.

“I respectfully ask the residence [sp] who live on Loma Dr. to further elaborate how the running on Cypress Ave. and in a parking lot can be nuisance, while the [sp] residence who live on The Strand deal with hundreds of more runners much close to their homes,” he wrote.

While the City Council vote does not officially deem Crossfit Horsepower a public nuisance, it dose allow a hearing scheduled for July 10 to move forward.

Comments (47)
  1. Make it in to a bar and they won’t complain. Give me a break.

  2. “…allowing its members to run on surrounding streets throughout the day…”

    “…complaints ranging from “loud music”, “massive shakes”, and “weights dropping” as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as nearly 8 p.m…”

    How dare they?!

  3. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the LA area, people are running through neighborhoods firing their gun in hand. No sounds from dropping weights, just the sounds of crowing roosters, as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as nearly 8 p.m.

    These people need to be exposed to the real sounds of life in LA. The tranquility they yearn for can be found in Montana. Move!

  4. “While the City Council vote does not officially deem Crossfit Horsepower a public nuisance, it dose allow a hearing scheduled for July 10 to move forward.”

    “Dose” it now?

    1. Eric George says:

      Doh! Just saw what you were referring too, My apologies…

  5. How does one move in next to an industrial zone and not expect noise?

  6. A can of gasoline and a match,,,,,,will end the noise problem forever

    1. If they’re so close to the gym, it’ll probably light their places on fire too.

      Both problems solved?

  7. David Batson says:

    I wasn’t aware I had to seek permission to run on public streets in Hermosa Beach.

  8. CrossFit, like Veganism, is a cult for those who need a reason in their life to feel smugly superior to others.

  9. Complaining, like ethical veganism, is a way of life for those who need a reason in their life to feel smugly superior to others.

  10. If you don’t like noise, you probably should not buy a home in an area zoned for industrial use. Go complain to someone who gives a damn otherwise be grateful you don’t live near a steel mill.

  11. RE: “allowing its members to run on surrounding streets throughout the day.” Um, people can run on surrounding streets without permission from residents. Give me a break!

  12. Clearly, those residents do not even lift, bro!

    But in all seriousness, if you bought a home near an industrial area, expect noise! This is like complaining about jet noise after you bought your home near an airport. Please!

  13. Joan London says:

    Crossfit should be deemed a nuisance, not because of noise, but because of the number of injuries.

  14. Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  15. There are no people more obnoxious than vegans or cross-fitters. It takes mere seconds for them to inform you of their lifestyle.

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