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Athletes work out in The Bahamas

Entertaining some of the best CrossFit athletes in the world as a part of the WOD On The Waves Cruise experience, Happy Hour CrossFit used the opportunity to showcase its gym and stress the importance and value of CrossFit to the community.

Hundreds of visiting athletes, trainers and coaches disembarked the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship yesterday and made their way to Happy Hour CrossFit, located at 671 Bay Street, for an out-of-town workout experience.

They all expressed delight in being in The Bahamas, and at the same time continuing their craft and workout regimens. The fitness cruise has a scheduled stop in Coco Cay, The Bahamas, today, before returning to Miami, Florida.

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercises, calisthenics (body weight exercises) and Olympic weightlifting. It is promoted as both a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive fitness sport that is becoming increasingly more popular worldwide. It is certainly catching in The Bahamas.

Karen Eldon, co-owner of Happy Hour CrossFit and Beats Fitness Studio, said that one of their primary goals is to get Bahamians involved in the activity that will certainly assist them in everyday life.

“What we really pride ourselves on is having a community. People know each other and you’re working out together. In CrossFit, you kind of feel this accountability. It’s competitive but at the same time, it’s very motivational,” she said. “No one is judging you but the group environment makes you want to keep up. You are always working toward a goal.

“All it is, is a form of functional fitness where you focus on movements that make you more efficient in everyday life. Our goal is to make you leave the gym well-equipped. We focus on deadlift, squatting, kickboxing, cardio, aerobic fitness and also yoga.

“Everyone knows how important it is to get out there and do some kind of physical activity. It is addictive because it is something that you could fall in love with and would want to come back to every day. That is one of our goals – to make you love it and want to stay involved.”

Jordan said what their members and clients put in their system is a huge part of what they do as well.

“We focus largely on nutrition – that’s the foundation of what we do,” she said. “Your nutrition has to be solid. That is where you start to lose fat and become healthy. When you start working out on top of that, that is where you start toning up and building muscles.”

Chyna Cho, one of the world’s best CrossFit athletes, said she has had an amazing experience on the cruise thus far, and during her time at Happy Hour CrossFit. She owns and operates a CrossFit gym in Newark, California, USA, and has represented the United States at the world-renowned Reebok CrossFit Games. She has qualified for the CrossFit Games on six occasions – in 2010, and for five years straight from 2014-2018, and has a career-best finish of sixth in 2015.

“I’ve been here one other time but this is my first experience with Bahamian culture and it is absolutely incredible,” she said yesterday. “The people here are amazing – they make you feel so welcomed and the entire trip has just been a lot of fun so far,” said Cho.

“I think CrossFit should be for everyone and can be used in all facets of life, no matter how old you are or what gender. If you want to be fit and have a good time while doing it, CrossFit is definitely the way to go.”

Cho, 32, had nothing but high praise for Happy Hour CrossFit Gym yesterday.

“This place is as nice if not nicer than gyms in my area back home,” she said. “There is beautiful equipment and there are beautiful decorations. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable and I would highly recommend it as an outlet for CrossFit training.”

Jordan said having the visiting athletes tour the facility and take part in CrossFit training while there was a rewarding experience for them.

“It’s a great opportunity for us. Whenever CrossFit athletes come to visit us, we exchange ideas and learn different things. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s an energy rush for us,” she said.

The gym’s proximity to the port was certainly one of the reasons which prompted the connection.

Jordan said that at Happy Hour CrossFit, they introduce clients to a beginners program which encompasses four one-on-one sessions with a coach that has proven to be very efficient. She said there are a lot of techniques involved, and it includes going through all of the fundamental movements while stressing comfort and safety.

For the group sessions, clients engage in Olympic weightlifting, body weight movements and cardio exercises to get the heart rate up.

They also engage in nutritional coaching.

CrossFit activity incorporates elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman and other exercises.

Happy Hour CrossFit is one of two accredited CrossFit operations in New Providence. It opened in September of 2016, and offers various monthly packages ranging from $120 to $160.

It is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Mario and Karen Jordan, and they can be contacted at e-mail address mario@happyhourcrossfit.com or telephone numbers (242) 431-7491 and (242) 425-7213. The gym’s website is www.happyhourcrossfit.com.

 

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting
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