Please post your experiences/recommendations training at gyms in this region. TPlease post with the gym name, city and country as your post title. For example:
"CrossFit South Brooklyn, Tokyo, Japan"
I guess this is kind of my area of expertise, so I'll start!
CrossFit MNL, Makati Box, Manila, Philippines
Great people and community here, and trainers who pay attention and want to make you better. I got my start in CrossFit at another branch before this one closer to my office opened up, and I've gone to spectate at a competition at the Alabang box, I'd recommend any of them unconditionally. Also awesome they they have daily open gym times and I've had some epic sessions with trainers and their Games team during them.
Reebok CrossFit Asphodel, Hong Kong
Taylor Rank is the man, and his Sunday Olympic classes are the real deal. There are a lot of Boxes on the main island now but it's worth it to go a little out of your way for this one. Highly recommended.
Chikara CrossFit, Tokyo, Japan
One of the many times a box owner has greeted us with "Oh you're from SBK? David Osorio is the man!" Awesome centrally located space and great coaching. One of their head coaches Shingo Moromasa is a gymnastics and olympic lifting badass and came in 4th in the Asia Regional this year!
Dr. Urso's Bear Camp, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Not Crossfit per se, but a really cool outdoor strongman-style training camp. Great focus on mobility, effective warmups, and good movement patterns. I felt like I was back at CFSBK! Really intelligent guys bringing functional training to a cool new environment. Workout when I went was 2 rounds of 8 stations (hercules hoist, tire flip, uphill stone carry, weighted tire pull, sandbag squat, tire sledgehammer, sled drag, keg clean and press) for :45 on 1:00 off with hill sprints after the first round and burpee shuttle runs after the second. Their resident osteopath was also doing some work on a hip impingement using voodoo floss and very familiar k-starr-sounding terminology.
A little more about Chikara CrossFit, which I visited on Todd's reco (thanks Todd!):
Easy to reach by subway although it's tucked into a basement on a tiny side street so you may have a little trouble finding it. Persevere! It's worth it -- the coaching was outstanding. I'd put it in the top 3 boxes I've visited (and I've been to a lot). Class is conducted in English, and everyone was very friendly.
The coach gave great pointers to me and to regular members, plus he was 100% accommodating of my injury. Definitely drop in (you must register in advance) if you're in Tokyo!
Coastal Fitness - CSTL, Hong Kong
This was my gym when I lived in HK. Highly recommend them to anyone traveling there. They have an awesome facility and great coaches. Similar to CFSB, they offer fitness, performance and competition programming. They also have a 3 time U.S. olympic team member doing their oly lifting program. Definitely check them out - http://www.coastalfitnesshk.com
Also, I trained at Reebok CrossFit Asphodel a few years before joining CSTL. They actually moved their facility to a new location that is quite far away. Still a good gym with great coaching but might be a hike to get there.
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