During the month I trained at CrossFit ALC in Alicante, Spain, I was constantly asked “Por que??!”. Why Alicante? This is a city known for attracting hoards of German tourists during summer who flock to the beach, even though the city itself isn’t particularly pretty. Why would a travelling CrossFitter choose to base herself here? Bright lights and shining stars – Carl Paoli, Mr GWOD himself is part-owner of this impressive box, located on Spain’s stunning Costa Blanca.
Seeking training experience in a European box, I was sure that a box owned by someone like Paoli would guarantee good coaching, programming and experience. Oh, and Annie Thorisdottir was due for a visit with Paoli sometime in the summer. My short time at CrossFit ALC certainly taught me a lot, including the fact that, although this is a solid box, a name is only part of a puzzle. Read the rest of this entry
I hadn’t expected much from CrossFit Birkenhead given it’s location in the southern North Shore suburb of Birkenhead. But I should have known better than to pre-judge. A sexy web page, a good name or a prime location certainly don’t guarantee good coaching or cool people. CrossFit Birkenhead was a pleasant surprise.
I found CrossFit Birkenhead to be a friendly, homely gym, mostly free of attitudes and egos. The athletes were keen for a chat, to help with equipment and gave support during the work outs. I loved the diversity of the athletes there – young, older, fit and not-so-fit, and even one lady who was tall, slim, very fit, and who could whip out consecutive pull ups while boasting silver hair and the face of someone who was well over 55. She was an inspiration and must be a great asset to the CrossFit Birkenhead community. This is a box where anyone could walk in the door and fit in. In fact, I liked the vibe there so much that I managed to get back to the gym a few times. Read the rest of this entry