It’s been an insanely promising start to the year over here in Berlin and this week, things got even better!
I am so excited to announce Black Sheep Athletics as one of my new sponsors for 2017!
When I moved to Berlin I was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of Crossfit within the city. Countless boxes appear on Google searches, all boasting very similar practices and facilities.
After spending some time with Unit 27 in Phuket, I have been spoiled for quality in coaching and facility. Selling me on a new box was going to tough!
Through networking and meeting other athletes, I had been invited to try a few boxes, all in varying locations surrounding my suburb of residence. Knowing that most places would be closed over the Christmas and New Year period I reached out to some other boxes to check opening hours and looked for a place to train for a few days.
Black Sheep responded to my email quickly, informing me of the sessions they had available over the holiday period. I was pleasantly surprised that they were hosting WOD’s almost every day where most others were closed.
I booked in for my first session after my Christmas excursion to Budapest. I was pretty eager to get moving again as this was not long after my forced rest period from Spitfire.
It was easy to find (even though in a slightly obscure location) due to ample sign posting along the way.
When I made my way to the front door, I am immediately struck by what is painted on the wall…
‘This is my type of place!’.
I felt comfortable before I had even stepped through the front door. A feeling I welcome in new gyms.
Over the past few weeks I have participated in multiple Crossfit sessions conducted by the main coaches available and I have been extremely happy with the quality of the coaching and the facility is one of the best I have seen in the world. (Check out the virtual tour at https://goo.gl/8UfYrt)
What I have found in my travels, is that it is relatively easy to go and jump into a Crossfit session, no matter where in the world you are, especially if you already have some base for lifting. Usually though, I find that once instructors see that I have the basics down the tend to focus on the other students and leave me to my own devices.
While this is not always a bad thing, I have been incredibly impressed by the fact that every coach at Black Sheep is always looking to improve my technique. Every session I get to make adjustments to my lifts, making me look stronger than I actually am The coaches are always looking to make you that little bit better then when you walked in the door.
It didn’t take me long to realise that this was where I wanted to be. Just like Spitfire, I was welcomed with open arms and before long it felt like home.
After a few weeks back into it, I decided that I wanted to compete in the Crossfit Games for the first time. Unfortunately because they begin sooner than expected, I may not be ready to complete the full 5 weeks of RX workouts but I will be attempting the ones where I believe I can.
Most combat athletes have a cross training of their choice. Crossfit is without a doubt, mine. It’s not only something that I really enjoy, but the whole body conditioning allows me to move faster and push myself harder for my own training and fights. My injuries bother me less when I am consistent with my Crossfit sessions as it allows me to work on strengthening my stabilising muscles and build strength in areas where I desperately need it.
A huge thank you to the team at Black Sheep for having me as a part of the team! I’m extremely excited to get started with the Opens and am looking forward to building myself into a better, all rounded athlete.