In this ongoing series, HQ trainer Pat Sherwood is searching the CrossFit community for real people with real stories to share. In this segment, Sherwood is in London, England, for a Level 1 Seminar, where he introduces us to Iftach Shua and Orli Elhanaty, who traveled to the seminar from Israel.
Both have been CrossFitting for less than six months, but CrossFit has definitely made an impact on them. According to Shua, CrossFit “changed my whole attitude.” He says: “This is my vision: to bring this attitude and open my own place.”
Shua says everything he did before CrossFit was “ridiculous.” According to him, “When I was in the army, we didn’t squat even once.”
Elhanaty says her experiences were similar. Although she went to a regular gym, “I didn’t see any results coming in,” she says. “I found it boring.”
Her interests in technique brought her to weightlifting, but she says “weightlifting is very specialized,” and she felt like she couldn’t run as fast as she had before.
“I just wanted to add everything together,” Elhanaty says.
She found what she was looking for in CrossFit.
Additional reading: The Panther Recon Downrange Gym by First Lieutenant Matthew Hoff, U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, published Sept. 20, 2009.