In this series, CrossFit trainer and filmmaker Amit Tripuraneni travels around six major Asian cities, sampling the cuisine, learning about the culture and exploring the local CrossFit scene.
In Episode 6, Tripuraneni travels to the diverse city of Bangkok, where he notices that “bustling streets, impressive architecture, modern shopping malls and temples all coexist.” While CrossFit has not quite caught on, it’s experiencing slow growth in Thailand and has limitless potential given the country’s population of almost 70 million.
Ron Harvey is proud to be the owner of East West CrossFit in Bangkok, the city where he first found CrossFit. Harvey moved to Thailand back in 2013, when there was only one CrossFit gym in Bangkok.
Harvey attributes the slow growth of CrossFit in Thailand to the fact that jogging, triathlons and marathons are all “en vogue” but weightlifting culture has not yet developed. Similarly, CrossFit scares some local women who are afraid of getting too muscular in a culture in which females desire to be very slim. All that is slowly changing as local affiliate owners educate the population about the health benefits of CrossFit.
Uracha Teerawanitsan is a local CrossFit Regionals athlete (2015-2017) who coaches at CrossFit Arena, where she sees members doing CrossFit mainly because they just want to “stay healthy and stay happy.” Once anorexic, Teerawanitsan wanted to be as skinny as possible, then she changed her life with CrossFit. Now she’s helping others do the same.
“It’s more fun doing exercise as a community,” Teerawanitsan says with a smile.
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