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Virtuosity 7: One Spirit by Robin Blackburn - CrossFit Journal

Virtuosity 7: One Spirit

By Robin Blackburn

In Affiliation

April 26, 2015

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“This movement is the direct result of a marvelous little gym in Santa Cruz, California. And that wonderful little gym has been replicated 1,000 times over and for the most part with extraordinary fidelity.”

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman said those words in 2012, but they still ring true in 2015, with well over 10,000 affiliates improving fitness around the world. Each CrossFit gym certainly has its own flavor, but almost all boxes share certain essential characteristics no matter where they’re located.

One shared characteristic is a sense of community—something outsiders always brush aside when hearing about the CrossFit program. That thinking is part of an older mentality, when fitness was characterized by people doing leg extensions alone with headphones on and eyes fixed on the quads. Those who have experienced the community inside a CrossFit box know it is very real indeed, and it’s an incredibly valuable part of the program.

In this edition of Virtuosity, Robin Blackburn discovers the community for herself at CrossFit Vidatha in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and she finds the spirit of camaraderie is alive and well in Asia.

CrossFit Inc. is sending Blackburn US$500 for sharing her story with us, and CrossFit Vidatha will receive a $500 gift card from Rogue Fitness.

We’re still accepting submissions, and we’re looking for stories that go beyond what we’ve already covered. To increase the chances of publication, read the submission guidelines at the end of the article and review the previous articles in this series. You can find them all by entering “virtuosity” in the search box above.

Write with skill and send your story to We cannot respond to each submission due to the volume, but we read and appreciate them all.

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