The cult of crossfitters usually confine themselves to their “boxes,” -- giant warehouses where those who revel in the feeling of oxygen depletion fight gravity in series of rapid succession and tortuous exercises by flipping tires, climbing ropes, jumping boxes and lifting weights, to name a few. Basically, any movement that challenges you mentally and physically could be turned into CrossFit workout.
Altamonte CrossFit and U.S.A. Weightlifting coach Danny Camargo set out to prove that adaptability by taking the workout outside of the “box.” Camargo invited his group of exercise masochists to Bethune Beach last Saturday to join him in the sun, sand and surf for their WOD (workout of the day).
“I do this all time, create WOD’s out of nothing, when I’m on vacation or on the road. You can make a WOD out of anything. You don’t need equipment,” said Camargo.
Heads sank into the crusty, hot sand as crossfitters lowered themselves upside down against the sea wall in sets of five handstand pushups before running into the ocean for a sprint against the waves in chest-high waters.
The cool waters soothed, but only for a moment, as they quickly dove into the shallow surf at the shoreline for 10 burpees, a multi-move exercise. Then, a 200-yard run to the staircase and back to start all over again at the sea wall. This continued for as many rounds as possible for 20 minutes. Or for the weaker ones, 12 minutes.
Children played in the sand and couples held hands as they strolled along the beach, briefly looking up in bewilderment.
One woman, sitting in her chair alongside her fishing pole, yelled “What are they training for?”
They weren’t training for any event. CrossFit does hold regular competitions, along with the annual CrossFit Games, but these athletes, were training just to train. They are cops and firemen, teachers and engineers. None are going to the “Games.”