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November 11, 2013

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On their 12,000-mile journey from the U.S. to Chile, Pat Sherwood and Ian Wittenber were prepared to find unsavory characters, including those who would take advantage of “the gringos” in a foreign country.

But that hasn’t been the case.

“It has renewed my faith in humanity. People on Earth are good people, and they want to do the right thing, and they want to help you out, and they’re just like you and I, and they’re just waiting for you to come to their country and enjoy yourself,” Sherwood says. “And I recommend that you do.”

In Peru, only five affiliates have opened in as many years. Instead of taking a cutthroat approach, gym owners welcome each other as they see themselves working toward a common goal: growing CrossFit in Latin America.

Manny Coya, of CrossFit Mutare, for example, shares space with CrossFit Imperio while CrossFit Mutare’s gym is being built.

He says: “We realize that the best way to impact the community in a culture is to actually get into the fiber of it with a business.”

Video by Ian Wittenber.

7min 39sec

HD file size: 140 MB
SD mov file size: 52 MB

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Additional reading: CrossFit Curmudgeon Cares? by Pat Sherwood, published Nov. 4, 2013.

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4 Comments on “Go South, Episode 9: Gringos Regain Faith in Humanity”


EC S wrote …

Love this.


wrote …

Hands down: My wife and I had the most AMAZING CrossFit experience with Manny and his family at CrossFit Mutare in early October 2012.

We had a 12-hour layover between Cusco and Houston, so I gave Manny a call. We ended up taking a taxi across town, throwing down a WOD in his parking area (old gym), and hanging out for a couple hours before heading back to the airport. It turned out we had a lot in common; and, he was the convincing factor for the decision to get our L1's and start coaching.

CrossFit Mutare exemplifies this community with a welcoming attitude and a kindness that is way above expectation.

Eric & Jenee


wrote …

Nice! These are awesome! I learn so much every time. Thanks for doing this.
Dr. J
CrossFit Andina


wrote …

Well done, Sir.
One of the (many) intangibles that sets CrossFit apart, in my opinion, is its inherent 'Goodness'. That is to say, at its core, from its earliest and humble beginnings, CrossFit was intrinsically about providing something that was Good, without artifice. And as any student of CrossFit should understand, that is why it has come so far, and been so successful. (And, as an aside, drawn its share of critics, and faultfinders: that what happens when something is that Good).
As the young lady implies in Mr. Sherwood's video, 'what goes round, comes round'. Good things come to good people, sooner or later...
This video is about Goodness. It is about the inherent Goodness that really does exist in all people, an important fact that we too often lose sight of. Simultaneously, it is about CrossFit, which (not to belabor the point) is also, quite simply, Good.
Thanks Pat, for reminding us all.

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