Please post your experiences/recommendations training at gyms in this region. Please post with the gym name, city and country as your post title. For example:
"CrossFit South Brooklyn, Capetown, South Africa"
Crossfit Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
I went here a few times when I was in Israel. Classes are conducted in English and the box is practically on the beach! They also have a few skills-based classes each week where they just focus on a lift and no WOD. Coaches aren't super attentive to form but should be able to answer questions and they correct egregious errors. Bring your own jump rope, they don't have them but still include DU in workouts. If you don't have a rope, they'll make you sub burpees :)
(Plates and weights are in KG, make sure to convert beforehand if you don't know the numbers offhand)
CF Herzliya is phenomenal. Largest (HUGE) gym a bit north of Tel Aviv. Omry is a superb coach and a great guy!
Tons of equipment, clean, and engaging space. Nice members too.
Reebok CrossFit Life Spark, Dubai, UAE
I enjoyed the WOD at CrossFit LifeSpark. Similar training plan to CFSBK: DROM, Warmup, Something Heavy, Met Con, and cash out. On my visit it was a warmup of Bear Crawls,Ring Rows, Slam Balls,Hang Hold (2 minutes- whew!), then Strict Weighted Pullups and Heavy lunges, then EMOM 3 C&J and 3 Burpees over Bar.
Coach was very friendly and knowlegeable. He immediately saw a clean problem CFSBK coaches have been on me for a while now. Gym is located on a lake surrounded by beautiful, interesting Dubai skyscrapers. I heartily recommend it. Even a changing room and shower- wow!
Crossfit Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
A nice group of people in a relatively new gym (opened June 2015). Far better than Code M and Crossfit on Yas Island (the other two crossfit gyms in town), the coaches and athletes are friendly. Evening classes tend to be overcrowded, and the coaches wind up spending more time wrangling bodies than coaching, I'd encourage you to go to the 7am class if possible. They have OG everyday from 830am-3pm, so you can still get your squat on, even if you sleep in. Closed on Fridays.
The location is a little weird, it's inside the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. Any running may be done in the company of horses. There is a nice grassy spot for early AM and non-summer warmups.
If possible, get there a little early for DROMS, which are generally skipped.
Drop ins are 100Dhs ($27).
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