Crossfit Great Barrier Reef in Cairns

by Mike on May 21, 2014

I found a few affiliates in the Cairns area, but the closest one from the Central Business District(CBD) is the CF Great Barrier Reef affiliate.  I managed to hit a few WODs around my live aboard dive trip.

I called the affiliate and inquired about dropping in.  Jojo on the other end of the line, said “no problem,” and asked where I was coming from so that she could send me directions.

Sure enough a few minutes later, detailed directions arrived via text.  This was probably one of the smoothest exchanges I had with an affiliate.  If every exchange went like this whenever I inquired about dropping in, I would have no problems scheduling my days rather than anticipating a call back.

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef Entrance

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

WOD area

Anyway, on my first drop in, I made it for the 4:30p class and met Jojo in person.  This affiliate is pretty small so every knows each other pretty well as evident from the post WOD group pic.

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On one of my sessions, there was another visitor from the States and she shared the same friendly feeling I experienced.  If you’re ever in Cairns for a diving trip, be sure to drop in for at least a WOD.

The WOD for one of my drop-ins was:

Strength:

  • Snatch with overhead squat

WOD:

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
  • Wall Balls
  • Chest-to-bar pull ups
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WOD Board

At the beginning of the class, I was introduced as a visitor, which is always a welcoming sign.  I can only recall only a few affiliates that introduced visitors.  I feel it emphasizes the community aspect that Crossfit brings about.

Additionally the introduction always makes it easier for other members to strike up a conversation by asking “where you from?” or “how long you here for?” otherwise they simply assume I’m another member or a new member who they have not seen yet.  I got a sense that this box is very friend with each other as evident by the following post WOD group picture.

 

With the WOD, I found myself pushing through the WOD on the wall balls, the chest to bar was something I broke up on the second and third rounds and my blisters were tearing open(not a pretty sight).

THE FACILITIES

The gym is a repurposed mechanics garage(practically all CF affiliates are like this) with a high bay garage door.  There’s a loft area to store your gym bags and such(It also makes for a good viewing area if you’re spectating a WOD).

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

To loft area

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

View from loft area

The gym does have a shower and changing area, but regular members from what I can tell rarely use it and just head home.  This is a 180 degree contrast from the affiliates in Seoul, South Korea.

In a separate room, there are a few Olympic lifting station.

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

Lifting Room

I don’t have pictures of it, but they do have a massage table, which is something I’ve seen at other affiliates.

GETTING HERE

The easiest way is by car, which will take less than 10 minutes.  I rented a bicycle and cycled to the affiliate.  It took about 20 minutes on the bike.  There’s a bit of cars on the road so if you’re unfamiliar with riding with traffic, I would recommend against riding there.

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

Bike Ride to Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

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