Athletes first began showing up at Greg and Mallee Amundson’s garage on Morningside Court in the spring of 2009. The Amundsons had had the great fortune and experience of owning CrossFit Santa Cruz, the first CrossFit gym in the world, for a year before being transferred to Imperial, CA for work. They loved CrossFit and were eager to continue sharing it with those who were interested in it. Most of the people in the Valley had never heard of CrossFit before. However, they soon realized that they were being challenged daily to increase their ability to push themselves to a new level of fitness. Athletes attended CrossFit classes whenever the Amundsons were not working their day jobs and could offer them. As the numbers of athletes grew, the demand for classes increased as well. Within a year and with over 50 dedicated athletes, the garage become too small and Morningside Court on which they generally worked out, too short to accommodate the group.
Working out on Morningside Court
In the Spring of 2010, CrossFit Amundson officially opened it’s doors in a 1,300 sq ft warehouse. The new box was tucked away on a quiet piece of property owned by a local construction company, Duggin’s Construction, who were friends of the Amundsons. Compared to the garage, this space felt huge. A website was created on which workouts were posted daily and the classes were run by Mallee Amundson. Mallee quit her flight attendant job of ten years in order to consistently be at the gym and simultaneously continued to work her full-time position with CrossFit Inc, the Head Quarters and umbrella company for all things CrossFit. Within six months, they knocked down a wall and expanded to 2,800 sq ft. Athletes kept bringing their friends and family and within another year, the gym was overflowing with 150 members.
In January of 2012, CrossFit Amundson moved into a 14,000 sq ft facility. With new showers, a beautiful reception area, offices for the staff and over 12,000 sq ft of dedicated CrossFit space, the facility truly became one of the largest and most well equipped CrossFit gyms in the world. In May of 2012, the name of the gym officially changed to CrossFit Imperial Valley, embracing and celebrating the people of the Valley whose dedication and belief in CrossFit inspired the growth and success of the gym.
Currently, CrossFit Imperial Valley continues to be owned and operated by Mallee Sato (formally Amundson), who also still works for CrossFit Head Quarters in the Seminar Department. Her staff of eleven trainers are as passionate about CrossFit as she is and are dedicated to inspiring athletes and improving the health and fitness of as many people in the Valley as possible.
Greg Amundson now resides in Santa Cruz, CA and has recently opened a new gym called CrossFit Amundson. He also works for CrossFit Head Quarters teaching a Goal Setting Course, Kettlebell Course and as the official CrossFit LEO/MIL contact.
1,300 Sq Ft Gym
Expanded 2,800 Sq Ft Gym
New 14,000 Sq ft Gym – 2012
Here is a quick video clip to give you an idea of what you get at CrossFit Imperial Valley.