December 03, 2008
Jacob Bielanski is a traveler and a CrossFitter.
Nowhere does the CrossFit model of fitness match application more than in the world of travel. The modern image of a habitual traveler does not generally match the image of an avid CrossFit devotee. The works of Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Bourdain, or Bill Bryson rarely touch upon the matter of overhead presses; their figures certainly don’t suggest that they’ve ever even done one. This is a shame, because CrossFit opens the world to an individual while travelers themselves partake in a “back alley” version of the CrossFit philosophy.
Whatever one’s reason is for beginning CrossFit, it’s easy to find the simplicity in its carefully argued message: Fitness is about ability. Ability is, however, a frustratingly vague noun without an out-of-gym context where it can be measured. Travel is a realm where the CrossFit devotee has the chance to see the rubber meet the road.