CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH BANCROFT
Are you looking for a new and fun fitness routine? Do you want to learn new skills to include Olympic lifting, kettle bell swings, and gymnastics? Do you want to be a part of a great community of fitness junkies?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then CrossFit Habu may be the place for you.
CrossFit Habu offers classes to people of all levels, skills, and abilities. The exercises (called “WODs” or Workout Of the Day) are meant to challenge all aspects of fitness. They are short, effective and target your whole body. Each class is 1 hour long and includes a short warm-up, skill practice, WOD and cool-down. Coaches, who are present at every class, are there to assist with new movements, provide scaling options, and encourage participants throughout the WOD.
I got into CrossFit shortly after my husband did in 2012. I started with basic body weight movements and then progressed to using weights. Once I learned more about the various weighted movements, like the kettle bell swing, thrusters, cleans, jerks and the snatch, I started incorporating them into my workouts. I started with either a light PVC pipe or a light lifting bar, and focused on form and technique. In the years since I have started, I have learned so many new movements and increased my weights. I have also learned new skills like handstand walks and Turkish Get-Ups.
What I really liked about CrossFit, (what got me hooked), was that I could get in a very effective workout in a very short period of time as many of the workouts are less than 30 minutes in length. It also pushed me physically in a new way as you get out of your workout what you put into it. Or– if you push hard, you’ll see results and if you don’t, you will not. That was a personal challenge for me as I was used to a level of activity that got me little in terms of results. I really needed a new challenge and stimulus for my body and mind and CrossFit was the answer. I have never been more happy with my body, both physically and mentally, and I want others to feel the same!
When I first went to CrossFit Habu the atmosphere was, and still is, great, with the focus on fitness, proper form, and having fun. Class sizes are small and mixed with males, females, Americans, Japanese, advanced, and beginner athletes. CrossFit Kids classes and a Children’s Area are also offered. The coaches at CF Habu are very knowledgable, approachable and focused. Be warned, you will leave after a WOD sore and sweaty, but, if you stick with it, the results will speak for themselves!
So, what exactly is CrossFit? Here is a great explanation from the CrossFit Mainpage Site (www.crossfit.com):
“CrossFit is many things. Primarily, it’s a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. He was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way (increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains). CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.”
If you would like more information or to join a class, send an email to [email protected] You can also contact CrossFit Habu on Facebook via FB Messenger.
Address: 261-2 Kadena, Kadena-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0203
Monday = 6:00am CF, 9:30am CF, 11:30am CF, 2:00-6:00pm Open Gym, 6:30pm CF, 7:30pm CF
Tuesday = 6:00am CF, 6:30pm CF, 7:30pm CF/Strength/CF Kids
Wednesday = 6:00am CF, 9:30am CF, 11:30am CF, 2:00-6:00pm Open Gym, 6:30pm CF, 7:30pm CF
Thursday = 6:30pm CF, 7:30pm CF/Strength/CF Kids
Friday = 6:00am CF, 9:30am CF, 11:30am CF, 2:00-6:00pm Open Gym, 6:30pm CF, 7:30pm CF
Saturday = 9:00-10:30 Fundamentals, 10:30-3:00pm CF/Open Gym
¥ 13,200 Fundamentals (plus free month)
¥14,400-¥25,000 Unlimited (individual + couples)
¥60,00-¥11,000 6/12 Classes per Month
¥1,100 Drop-In Fee
¥4,500 CrossFit Kids
¥20,000 Personal Performance Programming
¥10,000 Nutritional Programming
- All prices include tax and are per month
- Yen, Dollars, or Credit Cards accepted
- Discounts for students and senior citizens
- FREE First-Time Drop-In
Children’s Area is available for all CF Classes. Prior notification is needed for Open Gym Children’s Area. Hourly, per child, rates are available, as well as monthly rates.
From Kadena Gate 1:
- Turn Right (North) onto 58
- Continue north on 58 until you come to the 58/74 intersection (Kadena Circle)
- CrossFit Habu is located just north of this intersection, off of 58, on the left side of the road
- CF Habu’s building is grey and parking is available at the rear.