Crossfit has come a long way in Hong Kong and yet still has the potential to go so much further.
In 2010 CrossFit Asphodel were the first group to bring the training to us and from there the community has grown, but as a whole it is still not that big, as soon as you compare it to Yoga, Spin Class or any of the more commercial training programs it seems dwarfed in comparison. Considering all the benefits of being a part of a very healthy community that aims to bring fitness and health to every aspect of your life, it comes as a shock that more people are not signing up at your local boxes and that every street corner doesn’t have a CrossFit affiliate.
My conclusion on this is lack of awareness.
We have seen CrossFit grow around the world at a rapid pace, there are over 10,000 affiliates and the sport of CrossFit seems to get bigger and bigger each year. The countries that seem to do the best at the sport and that also boast the most affiliates are countries that are more sport and health lifestyle driven. Asia tends to be behind with some of these ideas and tend to put more focus on academics and work. The only way we can change this is to show the general population what it is that we do at our local box. Welcome them into a supportive community where they can achieve a standard of fitness that they have only dreamt of and build lasting relationships with new friends.
This I believe will break down the stigmas of our training medium and display everything we have to offer. Hopefully we will change the minds of the everyday fitness skeptic and install a culture of health and strength into everyone. There is no reason why we wont in a couple years potentially have a few games athletes fighting for a top position and at the same time have a younger generation come into a much better mindset of what the human body is capable of.
So, why am I saying all this?
Every time an opportunity comes up to host a competition or take part in one, you will always see me there. Not because I have a delusion that I am a great athlete but more to help grow our evolving sport and show the everyday person what is possible. Winning or loosing means nothing to me, anyone who knows me knows this to be true, hence I don’t get nervous for events unless they have burpees.
With the Arnold Classic Asia coming up we all have an opportunity to show what we have to offer to the general population of Hong Kong and spread the word of functional training performed at high intensity. The opportunity to do this with friends at your side and behind you is also and bonus and if you do happen to do exceptionally well, then Arnold Schwarzenegger will be there to hand you your medal, if that doesn’t sell it then nothing will.
I really hope to see you all there, supporting the community by either taking part, volunteering to help or screaming your lungs out on the side. Lets give those Yogis something to worry about.
There will be 4 events on the 20th of August, no minimum work requirement so there is nothing you need worry about (maybe one person on your team will be worried haha).
A scaled option as well as a RX option are available, the events should be fun and the atmosphere amazing. The venue is Asia World Expo and we have a pretty decent space there. It will be child friendly and with your registration you will have access to the days events too.
Register your team here https://www.fitsquid.com/event.cfm?id=2647
You only have 1week left, look forward to seeing you all there.
Let me know if you would like to help out on the day with judging and organizing.
Photo credit to all the Boxes of Hong Kong and thanks to google for making them available.