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From Spin Classes to Snatches by Gary Roberts - CrossFit Journal

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January 11, 2014

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In Haarlem, Netherlands, Gijs Spaans operates a CrossFit affiliate right next door to a Globo Gym. In fact, the two businesses share a wall. That’s because Spaans used to own the gym next door.

“I took the best 500 meters of the gym and sold the rest,” he says with a wide smile.

In the space where he used to teach spin classes, Spaans opened CrossFit Spaarne, which after three weeks had 90 members.

He found CrossFit about a year-and-a-half ago.

“I was growing out of it,” Spaans says of his former business, though he emphasizes the business he left is not a rival.

“But I don’t want to … knock these people … ’cause some of these people are working out and getting exercise done, which they would have never done. These guys are not our enemies,” he says.

As for his new business, everything is falling into place, Spaans explains.

“CrossFit actually gave back pleasure in training.”

He adds: “It’s coming along with the plan, my own personal changes in how I want to treat people, how I want to live my life with my family and, yeah, who I want to be.”

Video by Gary Roberts.

7min 49sec

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SD mov file size: 55 MB

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Additional reading: California Via Europe? by Blair Morrison, published May 6, 2010.

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