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PHOTOS: The Crossfit workout movement takes root in Qatar

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All photos by Chantelle D’mello

Amid an obesity epidemic in Qatar, a new way of staying in shape has been catching on among residents here – Crossfit.

The strength and conditioning program, which focuses on weightlifting, high-intensity training and gymnastics, has gained worldwide popularity in recent years, and two organizations – Crossfit Quwwa, and Crossfit Oryx – have opened locations in Qatar.

Crossfit workouts usually span 20 to 30 minutes, testing an individual’s strength, cardiovascular endurance, agility and balance.

Crossfit Quwwa, which opened up in the past year in Al Sadd, was one of the first “boxes” to come to Qatar.

They have since branched out with two more centers at the Pearl and in West Bay, with classes ranging from QR1,200 a month to QR10,000 a year.

For practitioners, the allure of Crossfit lies in the discipline and routine it offers, along with an imbued sense of community among those who participate in the exercise regimen.

Crossfit Quwwa has some 3,000 likes on Facebook, and its members have begun competing in regional and international fitness contests.

Crossfit Oryx, which opened six months ago, is also fueling the trend, with over a thousand likes on Facebook.

For more information, prices, and schedules, visit their websites here: Crossfit Quwwa and Crossfit Oryx.

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osamaalassiry
osamaalassiry
6 years ago

Crossfit is the opposite of obesity, I wouldn’t include both in the same sentence.

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago

Whatever floats your boat.

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago

Rather than promoting private gyms with expensive and impractical (For everyday) programs that only a select few can a) Do b) Afford, why not look at really providing useful information to your readers such as articles that detail the effects of fast food on the body, Healthy shopping in Doha and locations, or a list of sites that promote heathly eating, living, ideas on mobility and improving health. Here’s some research from the other side of the coin for the readers on “Crossfit” too…..http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-reed/crossfit_b_4666040.html

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

Sounds like fun, but is it also segregated like so many places, with times for women assuming they all stay at home all day?

Samuel
Samuel
6 years ago

We encourage healthiness by showing steroid users as the healthy alternative to obesity? Ok!

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

1200 QAR per month???

look at the prices in one of the world class CF gyms in New York – one of the most expensive city in the world:

http://crossfitnyc.com/future-members/prices/

199us$ or 700 riyals per month unlimited!! and yes they pay tax! not like in Doha right?

So why would CF in Doha cost almost double?

p.s.
also what you think which gym is way more better equipped and trainers are way more experienced?

hint it’s…. – nah you don’t need a hint.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Jordan

Meh, I’m not a fan of crossfit, but the prices for these two gyms are quite reasonable compared to the worse equipped “posh” gyms ( All cardio, no strength training) that are found around Qatar. Besides, I think there are more Mcdonalds per area than gyms/parks. So anything extra should be welcome.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  Jordan

Supply and demand….. if the gym can find enough people with that much money to burn, good for them!

Sarah010
Sarah010
6 years ago

A chiropractor’s dream $$$

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago
Reply to  Sarah010

agreed, too easy to hurt yourself under the pressure of beating a time or number of reps, especially when the economics mean 8 students per instructor or more, and the “movement” means more and more people from different backgrounds are jumping in to take part in something that’s maybe suitable only for some

Expat Girl
Expat Girl
6 years ago

Do I spy clothing in these photos that does not comply with the “Reflect your Respect” campaign?!?! QUICK, someone fire up the printer… I’ve got some flyers to get out.

Sorry folks, I just won’t let this one go, the ridiculousness of that campaign is just so memorable that I will probably reference it for years to come, even when I’m back in the US and no one will relate.

For those who have no clue what I’m talking about, take a look:
https://dohanews.co/modesty-campaign-gets-new-name-group-plans-target-public-areas/

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat Girl

Well, that campaign wouldn’t apply here as those people will never come in the region of a gym or anything to do with fitness. Malls and Fast Food chains are more of their “domain”.

Samuel
Samuel
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat Girl

I was thinking the same, they should also go to the women tennis events here and give the players the pamphlets.

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