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UD Crossfit facility opens at the CSB

Video by Andres Granado

Free Classes to be offered Aug. 21 to Sept. 1

University of Delaware Recreation has opened a new space in the Carpenter Sports Building (Lil Bob) dedicated to the UD Crossfit program for the upcoming year. As an official affiliate, UD Crossfit will provide a unique workout experience for participants of all fitness levels. Classes include movements that are functional, safe and adaptable for all. Each class is one hour long-no two days are the same and results are dramatic. 

The space is located in the former Hen House and has been renovated to include a variety of CrossFit equipment from Rogue Fitness including two rigs comprised of 10 squat stations and 4 ropes and rings stations. Additionally, there are ski ergs, assault bikes, and numerous barbells, medicine balls, dumbbells, and more.

The program will have a team of certified CrossFit coaches to provide expert instruction and support so participants can safely maximize their results. The program will be led by Fitness Director Christine K. Pena and Head Coach Jesse Judy. Judy brings over 15 years of Strength and Conditioning experience at the collegiate level and is a nationally certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, club coach with USA Weightlifting and CrossFit Level 1 trainer.

“One of the main reasons I brought CrossFit to UD is that there seemed to be a need for it” said Pena. “I discovered that many students were members of CrossFit gyms back home, but weren’t able to find transportation or afford the membership prices of local affiliates. UD Recreation is able to provide the space, equipment and classes on campus while also keeping our costs down; making CrossFit more affordable and accessible to students, employees and others with facility access.”

“We want participants to understand that everyone will be challenged appropriately in our program” said Judy. “Our coaches know how to change workouts accordingly for each athlete in every class. Higher and lower weights, complex and simple movements, decreasing reps, adjusting times; the modification possibilities are endless and our coaches will prescribe them correctly.

“Our program philosophy will always be to push each other, and ourselves as coaches, to achieve more” Judy said. “Becoming stronger, faster and more athletic not only improves our performance in the sport of fitness, but also the quality of our lives and what we are able to do outside of CrossFit.”


UD Crossfit will offer memberships to university students, employees and others with access to the Lil Bob. The rates will be significantly less than average CrossFit gyms.

There will be a Basics membership for those that are new to CrossFit and a Standard membership for those with experience. Competitive classes will also be offered for elite CrossFit athletes that can do workouts as prescribed.

The first 50 participants that register for a membership will receive a free UD Crossfit shirt. For more information and to purchase your membership, please see here.

Class Schedule

Weekly classes will be offered in the morning, afternoon and evening. The fall class schedule will run from 9/5-12/15. Free classes will be offered to employees only from 8/21-8/25 and another week of free classes for students and employees will be offered 8/28-9/1. View the schedules here.

Participants will register online for the class they wish to attend prior to arriving. Registration will open 24 hours before the class starts.

If you have any questions on the UD CROSSFIT program, please visit www.bluehens.com/UDCROSSFIT or contact recreation@udel.edu.

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