Lately, I’ve been following Pat Sherwood and Ian Wittenber as they travel through Central and South America on motorcycles, reading about their adventures on Instagram and Twitter. They left the CrossFit gathering in Montana and are traveling with no apparent agenda or plan until they reach the southern reaches of the South American continent. As I learn of the exciting things they have seen and done, it amazes me that CrossFit really has become a global phenomenon. Of course, it is still far more popular and common here in the States, but there are thousands of affiliates around the world, each with their own unique personality and “flavor.” You can travel to Koh Tao, a small island of 1,500 people off the coast of Thailand, and you’d be hard pressed to find a Starbucks, an apple pie, or any of the other familiar American staples. BUT, you’ll find a CrossFit box. You can find people in every corner of the globe who speak the same language, the language of CrossFit. You may not share the same skin color or religious views, but you can share an hour of wall balls, burpees, and heavy squats just like you’re at your own box back home. I don’t know about you all, but I’m all for anything that brings people together across all walks of life and transcendent of all cultural and social barriers. Rock on, CrossFitters…wherever you are!
I have spent many hours perusing the thousands of affiliates around the world. Next time somebody tells you that CrossFit is just a passing fad, kindly direct them to this map 🙂
EDIT: Over the course of writing this post, Pat Sherwood tweeted out that he had blown a tire somewhere just outside of Cali, Colombia. Who did he call to come to his rescue? Why, the local CrossFit box, of course 🙂