One thing I learned today, Crossfit and fitness are universal. In addition, I was validated in something that I already knew – the Crossfit community is amazing. I took a taxi from the hotel to Crossfit Cologne. As we pulled up, I had a small moment of panic when I realized that the box was in an area that didn’t have readily available access to taxis – so getting home was going to be an adventure. I shrugged it off, took a deep breath and walked inside. Claudio, the owner, was there and expecting me. He introduced me to Philip, the coach for today’s WoD. We did a t-shirt exchange and they had me write my name, the date I visited, Crossfit affliate I was a member of and where I was from in permanent marker on the wall.
The box itself was a little sparse. They were brand new, having only opened in March, and expecting to grow. They had a small roster of members, probably at max around 25. They had mats on the concrete floor and racks that had pull up bars on them (they didn’t have a full pull-up rig). But they seemed to be growing and the coach was really great. We started with a 400 meter run and then did some dynamic exercises outside. Then we went inside and did a lot of planks, side planks, ab work, core work. We then ended the warm-up with practicing handstands. Philip was my partner and he really helped me on form (keeping my legs together, holding my core tight). After that, we did a short set of 3×3 overhead squats, something that I’ve never really done. The first three I did was 20 kilos, 2nd set was 30 kilos, 3rd set was 32.5 kilos. I tried to do 35 but it just wasn’t happening for me. The entire workout was in German, so I just watched what the others did and mimicked them. The last part of class, we worked on skills and I worked on the rings doing flips back and forth. It was the first time I had done it and I loved it. I hope to work on them some more and increase my gymnastics. I ended up doing my reps with the only other woman in the group, Regitze. She was really great to work with.
At the end of the workout, I asked some people what they thought the best way to get home was and instead of having to find a taxi or take the train back, Regitze and her boyfriend Bernd offered to give me a ride back across town to my hotel. I just love the Crossfit community. They are originally from Copenhagen and he is a pilot and she works for an engineering firm. If I come to Gamescom next year, I hope to stop by Crossfit Cologne again and see the growth that they have experienced. So, no frills, no music, definitely a “start-up” / garage version of a Crossfit box, but we all have to start somewhere, right? As my shirt says “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
When the internet connection is better, I will try to post more pics from my visit.