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Review: Reebok CrossFit LifeSpark. Dubai.

The international stage of my box jumping tour has begun and it is time to discover what CrossFit boxes outside of New Zealand have to offer.  I am excited, curious.  How different will they be to those in New Zealand?  Does the CrossFit formula easily translate to different countries, cultures and demographics?  And what will it be like doing a CrossFit class in a language that I don’t understand?

You might think that discovering CrossFit overseas would start with a visit to the United States – the home of Crossfit – but the first stop on my tour is Dubai.  This is a city that for me conjures up images of camels, desert, burqas and never-ending skyscrapers, so I was surprised to see on CrossFit.com that there are eight boxes in this city.  Eight!  That’s almost more than Madrid!  This got my brain ticking….what would a box in Dubai be like?  Would women be allowed to attend the classes?  And who would the classes be run by?  Well, ex-pats of course!!

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The back of the Reebok CrossFit LifeSpark t-shirt

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CrossFit and Travel Combined

How can you choose a CrossFit box to train at if you don’t know what you should be looking for?  And how can you judge the quality of your CrossFit box if you’ve never experienced another one?

CrossFit.  Travel.  Two passions combined.

From the snow covered mountains of New Zealand´s South Island, to Dubai´s dusty desert and Spain´s stunning beaches I´ve wandered.  And I´ve boxed jumped.  I´ve visited as many CrossFit boxes as time, logistics and priorities have allowed.  Following the CrossFit.com affilitate finder map, I’ve kept off the tourist trail as much as possible, been to some amazing places, met inspiring people, kept relatively (?!) fit and had room for that self-exploration that so many travellers seem to crave.

And now you reap the benefits.  Check out the straight-talking, honest reviews about the boxes I’ve visited for more of an idea of what you can expect from your box.  These reviews are entirely from my point of view and experience. It has been interesting to see how every box is run slightly differently. What I look for and like will be different to you, so the summaries are as factual as possible.

Finding new limits at the beach. Tawharanui, Northland, NZ.

Finding new limits at the beach. Tawharanui, Northland, NZ.

There are a few other Bits ‘n’ pieces also worth a read, like why weightlifting is so important for girls, why we should stop obsessing so much about being skinny and a piece about an endurance swimmer who turned to CrossFit for increased gains.

The Travel section in Box Jumping offers an alternative insight to a range of travel destinations. This is a CrossFit-free section of the website, with information on local favourties, food and festivals, and how to get the most out of random destinations.

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