8808 CrossFit is a unique CrossFit affiliate that exists exclusively to support the health and wellness goals of the Rackspace, Inc.
community, both in our headquarters location of San Antonio, Texas, as well as our other office and data center locations worldwide.
Our membership is comprised 100% of Rackspace employees, or “Rackers”, as we’re known.
Our coaching staff is also made up of Rackers, each of whom has obtained his or her CrossFit Level 1 designation, and each of whom is an unpaid, highly committed volunteer.
We are passionate, both as individual Rackers and as the 8808 CrossFit community, to helping each other achieve our fitness goals, everything from completing that very first WOD, to shedding those last ten pounds, to qualifying for a spot in the CrossFit Games.
The journey toward becoming 8808 CrossFit began several years ago, when Rackspace was a much smaller company, located on Datapoint Drive in San Antonio, Texas.
A group of Rackers used to get together at lunchtime for a brief and informal workout consisting of high intensity cardio, body weight exercises, and other movements that resembled some of the basic tenets of CrossFit.
As time passed and equipment was slowly acquired, this informal lunchtime workout crew evolved into a more formal group and took on the moniker “RAXFit”.
When Rackspace outgrew our Datapoint location, we took over the old Windsor Park Mall and completely reconfigured the place to accommodate our world headquarters.
The old Montgomery Ward Garden Center—a covered, outdoor space—became our workout location and was dubbed “The Yard” owing to the prison yard-like effect created by the bars that formed the gate surrounding the now-repurposed garden center.
The Yard gave the RAXFit crew a designated place to have workouts and keep the ever growing inventory of equipment. Attendance grew, classes were added, and with the support of Rackspace leadership, RAXFit was able to mature and become 8808 CrossFit. Oh, and the name? It comes from a very important milestone in Rackspace history: August 8, 2008 (8/8/08), the day we became a publicly traded company.
8808 CrossFit is unique in that membership is only open to Rackers. While on the face of it, this may seem unfortunate, it actually generates an awesome side effect: the camaraderie that develops out at The Yard, fighting through WODs and cheering each other on, follows Rackers back to their desks, into conference rooms, and onto project teams, and that makes us more effective Rackers.
The Yard is a 6,000 sqft covered, semi-enclosed space. We are a fully equipped, CrossFit box, including ropes, rings, rowers, kettlebells, sleds, infinity rig, barbells, bands, plates, boxes and a coaching staff with endless creativity when it comes to putting these tools to work to help our Racker athletes achieve their goals. conference rooms, and onto project teams, and that makes us more effective Rackers.