Israel, Hamas, and CrossFit: A Community Coming Together

EDITOR’S NOTE: We just came across this on Facebook and needed to share. Here’s the first couple paragraphs. Click the link below to read the entire post.

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OREN’S STORY

CrossFit in Israel.

Oren Shneider

When I was asked to write a blog about the CrossFit community in Israel I was wondering: are we different than any other box worldwide? [But in thinking more about it I found that Israel has a particular struggle, here is my story.\

Israel is a smaill country (8 million people), we are not a sports super power, but we do have the passion for it. CrossFit blossomed in Israel around 2009, the first box was opened in 2010 (CF Hertzelya) and I was lucky to open the second one in the country and the first in Tel Aviv. Now, 4 years later our community has grown big. There are 30 affiliate boxes in Israel and more are planning to open.

Like any other crossfitter in the world, we like to lift, clean, swing, jump and run (well, we don’t like running that much).

Lately Israel is under rocket attacks on a daily bases. These rockets are fired from Gaza by Hamas terrorists that are trying to kill us and interrupt our lives.

As CrossFitters, some of us can’t keep our daily training routine, because when the alarm sounds, you got 15-60 second to find shelter and wait for the boom (most of the time the iron dome defense system does shoot down the rocket in the sky). You can imagine what it is like to live like that, but we always look at the bright side. How? Well, we stand up strong as a nation but also as a community. We invite Crossfitters in towns under fire to other boxes that are not beening shot at a lot so they can keep their training routine, we also offer some of them a place to crash for few days until it begins to be quiet again.

Continue reading here. 

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