The sport of CrossFit has made some exponential growths over the past few years, picking up a major sponsor in Reebok, and witnessing record numbers competing in last years ‘online’ qualification. This growth is expected to continue this year, with the first ever CrossFit world tour being launched.
WOD Tours is a new project coming out of Australia, which essentially allows WOD addicts the chance to travel the world, training with the best trainer, at the best CrossFit boxes.
Imagine being able to spend an afternoon practicing your clean and jerk with Jason Khalipa? Or getting put through Fight Gone Bad with Pat Barber? WOD tours gives you this opportunity through a 10 day training tour.
In the past few weeks a number of readers have got in touch with us, asking for more info on what exactly WOD Tours is all about, so, The Rx Review caught up with the guys behind the project to get a few answers.
WOD Tours was created a year ago by two Australians: Andrew Berridge, a six times national champion kickboxer and competitor at last years regionals, and ex-police officer Brad Woodhouse.
The pair came up with the idea of WOD tours while sharing a coffee together after training. For them, the idea of being able to train and learn from the best of the best in the functional fitness world was just too good an idea to neglect, and decided to transform it into a reality.
Last month, the two returned from a lengthy trip in America, scouting all the locations for their first tour coming up in May.
“The trip to the States was awesome. The purpose was to ‘test run’ each of our tours, this included meeting with all our suppliers like bus transport, hotels and gyms, as well visiting all the athletes and gyms included on the tour,” Berridge said.
“We spent 12 days in the US, covering all the locations that are part of our Tours. While we were away, we took six flights, visited 11 cities, 12 gyms and completed 18 training sessions – covering a total of 2,789 miles.”
The pair also got to meet some of the biggest names in the sport, including Chris Spealler, Pat Burke, Tommy Hackenbruck, Matt and Cherie Chan, Kelly Starrett, Carl Paoli, Annie Sakamoto, Bill Grundler, CJ Martin, and JP and Cezar at Brick CrossFit.
“A highlight of the trip was the chance to spend the afternoon with Coach Burgener at Mike’s Gym,” Berridge said.
“This was unforgettable experience, and if anyone is a fan of Coach B, then they will want to sign up for the Westside Story to have the opportunity to visit and be coached by him.”
For anyone interested in taking part, the first ever WOD Tour, “Westside Story”, kicks off in San Francisco on May 30, with other tours leaving on June, July, August and September.
Numbers will be limited to 15 for each tour, to give everyone sufficient time with each trainer and at each box, and prices range from around $2,000 to $2,700.
A special discount is also available for all Rx Review readers who book a tour between now and 31st March. For more information head to www.wodtours.com or you can also check out more about WOD Tours on their Facebook page.