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A Day With the Seminar Staff in China by Michael Dalton - CrossFit Journal

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December 21, 2015

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The first CrossFit Level 1 seminars in China took place in June 2014 in Shanghai. Since then, CrossFit has exploded in the country, with the most recent seminars held in the capital city of Beijing. Watch as Seminar Staff members Stacey Harris, Leah Polaski and Kevin Lim teach CrossFit in a nation with about 50 affiliates.

Polaski says she does a lot of seminars outside the United States, so she’s prepared to skirt the language barrier by foregoing the verbal cues most trainers commonly use.

“We revert a lot to visual (cues) … and showing the difference between what they are doing and what I would like to see,” Polaski says.

Working with a translator, the staff delivers successful seminars and furthers the reach of CrossFit in China, a country with more than 1.3 billion inhabitants.

“To be at the forefront of CrossFit in a new country … , it means a lot to me to be a part of that process,” Harris says.

Lim echoes Harris’ sentiment.

“This is a dream job,” he says. “To be able to impact lives weekend after weekend at this level, where we share our passion, no filter, uncovered, unedited … that’s how we dominate the world, baby.”

Video by Michael Dalton.

4min 51sec

Additional reading: “CrossFit Trainer Education and Certification: New Programs and a New Structure” by Nicole Carroll, published July 7, 2014.

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