My Journey to Affiliation

Affiliated to CrossFit it’s a big deal and there is a good story behind on how it all came to be.

This journey as I said before started before I knew it had begun, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after the Army was no longer an option. Getting out of hospital and regaining my health was the kick start I needed.

When starting CrossFit just over 3 years ago I was training at another gym. Some people have the potential to change your life and affect you in ways so amazing and positive that it will change the way you look at life.

Last year I decided that I was going to go on a road trip across California on my own from San Diego to San Francisco. I followed the coast line and had just under 3weeks to cover the distance visiting a different Affiliate each day and just having a sweet adventure!

Here we go San Diego!

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So I landed in San Diego and immediately was loving the weather! This place is so chilled out and awesome. However 27hours travelling and then being given an automatic rental car at 9pm at night resulted in a scary drive adding to the blunder that I booked a hotel in El Cajon and freeways with what 7 lanes? I feared I had bitten off too much.

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The next day immediately settled these fears. I was up early and ready to go to visit CrossFit Invictus they have an amazing facility and it’s in a great location, and more importantly it’s full of great people! It may have been 6am in the morning but the coach Nuno made it feel like it was the middle of the day with his positive cheerful attitude, so energetic and cracking the jokes it was a great start to the day!

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It was so early but it was already roasting!

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I did my bit of sightseeing too checking out the big Navy ship and the Gardens too!

It was a great start to the adventure and I maybe did a bit too much on the first day! But I was excited and loving every minute! Think I even got heat stroke running about everywhere with my moon skin!

I don’t want to bore you with all the details of my trip but just mention the highlights. Down in San Diego I also met with another dude named Jay Mendoza! The guy has the most pearly white teeth I have ever seen. Welcomed me in to train at CrossFit Socal and had a sweet time their!

So I travelled up the coast past this place Torrey Pines State Beach – Best beach I came across!

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 Ok so I travelled all the way up the coast stopped in at New Port Beach for a cheeky Beach WOD with CrossFit Newport Beach

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Travelling up the coast I hit LA and immediately went to Universal Studios

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That was fun! I also checked out Brick CrossFit and that place was cool if not a bit crazy! I went to Brick CrossFit while I was in LA was pretty cool everyone was very welcoming and the women training were the likes you will never have seen in Scotland. Wowzers. Because of that I forgot to take any photos of that one. But you will have to just trust me on this that it was freekin awesome

Turned out I was there at the same time as one of my friends too so we checked out Hollywood Boulevard and then went up to  the Hollywood sign!

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So that was a sweet time and it was time to continue the trip to San Luis Obispo (SLO to the cool kids)

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Me in Bubble Gum Alley.

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So that was SLO I have to say it was nice but I was missing my friend in LA but the best was yet to come!  The next stop was Santa Cruz a good couple of 100 miles away. It was a good drive and Big Sur makes for some amazing views so amazing I forgot to take any photos!

I traveled North to Santa Cruz. There a quite a few box’s their but I think I chose the best one to visit and my timing was perfect! This is CrossFit Amundson and its run by Greg Amundson I have honest to God never met someone like him boundless enthusiasm and just an absolute pleasure to talk to!

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It turned out I arrived the day before his open day of his new gym which he had just opened a month or so ago! He has an award that he calls the Firebreather award that he gives out once a month to 1 male and 1 female member that had achieved the most progress and gains. They get given a massive claymore sword that has a great story behind it.

I also met these guys.

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Aq it was Greg’s open day he said there may be a special guest their and that just so happened to be Greg Glassman the founder of CrossFit. Rory Mckernan the guy in the pic above kindly introduced me to him!

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He was a pretty cool guy and even knew the gym that I was training at in Edinburgh as at other times when I told someone where I trained they just looked at me funny. Anyway after getting talking to him he offered to sponsor me on my CrossFit Level 1 course.  And gave me his and Sevan’s email at that point I kinda lost the ability to listen or type their email into my phone but thankfully I nailed it.

That kinda made my trip!

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It was off to San Francisco now and to visit more legends within the CrossFit community Diane Fu, Kelly Starrett, Brian MacKenzie and Carl Paoli at San Francisco CrossFit.

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It’s a pretty cool place again and my mind was blown by just the amazing people I met and the location. I even had a wee run across the Golden Gate Bridge

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And a little sunset run. Running up and down all the hilly streets is a great way to get rid of a hangover especially on an evening like this!

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That was the end of my trip but my journey had not finished it lead me onto Reebok CrossFit Stockport to do my CrossFit Level 1

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Again more amazing people and I was truly grateful to be given this opportunity!

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A cheeky snap of the trainers mid workout. Absolutely great weekend!

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So that was November 2012. A couple months after I came back from California in August. Its May 2013 now and I Affiliated just at the end of April 2013. And when I say this journey will last my whole life and I will never stop learning and helping others joining me!

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