CrossFit Tourism

by Arena Ready on December 3rd, 2014

Our own Lisa G is at it again with another great blog post on her site, Stilettos to Snatches.  This time she talks about "CrossFit Tourism" and shares her own experiences dropping-in to gyms during her various travels for both work and leisure.

We have covered dropping-in at other affiliates on our blog before, but Lisa builds on that topic by discussing the experience from the standpoint of an experienced CrossFitter who has seen a thing or two (or ten).

The full blog post can be found here and is definitely worth a read.  Here is a short excerpt:

I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to do a fair amount of travel since joining CrossFit.  Whether it be for fun or for work, working out is something I consider to be a part of my vacation or travel plans, and I try to dedicate enough time to make sure I can do it.  One of the ways I’ve had wonderful travel experiences is by doing what I call “CrossFit Tourism.” Along with being able to get a workout in, I’ve had the chance to talk to people such as locals who can direct me to the best food in the area, CrossFit Games competitors, receive coaching from a new or different perspective, and make new friends. Having just been to LA to visit home and stopping in to two different gyms, I’m reminded that while I may not ever see some of the people I met again, it’s pretty cool in knowing that you and a complete stranger have an instant connection, no matter where you’re from or what your background is.  I remind myself that each time I’m at a new gym, I am representing my home gym, and that I want to make a lasting impression.  There are the obvious things you should do when visiting: sending them an email, reading their drop-in policy, introducing yourself, buying a t-shirt (I love shirts!), cleaning up after yourself and being respectful of their members and process.

But, there are a few things I’ve learned while dropping in to other gyms that I think should be shared as a way to prevent injuries, unnecessary stress on you while traveling (and on the gym owners for that matter!), and also making sure that you appreciate your own gym’s “special sauce” that keeps you going back.
Photo courtesy of Stilettos to Snatches

WOD for 12-04-14:

"Tabata This"
Tabata: Row for Calories
Rest 1 Minute
Tabata: Air Squat
Rest 1 Minute
Tabata: Pull-up
Rest 1 Minute
Tabata: Push-up
Rest 1 Minute
Tabata: AbMat St-up

The Tabata interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 intervals.
Tabata score is the least number of reps performed in any of the eight intervals.

(Compare to 10-06-13)

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