Over the past 2+ years, one of the most important parts of my life has been a dedication to fitness. Starting on 01 January 2010 at 213 pounds and 35% body fat, I’ve managed to drop fifty pounds (though I’m now at 173) and shed fat until I’m at about 21% body fat. I still want to get so I can maintain at 163 pounds and maybe 18% body fat, but I’m pleased with where I am.

Some of this progress is due to diet. But I’d like to think that most of it is due to Crossfit, the exercise regiment that I follow nearly every day. Crossfit contains a lot of different stuff: weight-lifting, traditional exercises like pull-ups and push-ups, running, and crazy things like sled drags and tire flips.

Over the last two years, I’ve undertaken a silly little photo project. I call it Crossfit Around the World. Basically, I’m trying to take photos of myself doing various exercises in exotic locations as I travel. I thought I’d lost two of these photos, but I recently found them. Thus, I’m sharing the first four in this ongoing series.

Crossfit - Doubleunders in France
Double-Unders at the Eiffel Tower (France) — October 2010

Crossfit - Pullups in Zimbabwe
Pull-Ups at Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) — February 2011

Crossfit - Pushups in Peru
Push-Ups at Macchu Pichu (Perú) — October 2011

Crossfit - Squats in Chile
Squats on Easter Island (Chile) — February 2012

The pull-up photo isn’t very good; I’m going to try to re-take it somewhere else in the world. Also, I plan to be in Turkey this September. Any suggestions as to which exercise I should do there? Sit-ups? Sprints? Hand-stand push-ups?

5 Replies to “Crossfit Around the World”

  1. Amber says:

    You should, of course, do Turkish Get-Ups in Turkey! 🙂

  2. Mark says:

    For Turkey, maybe you should do the Turkish Get-up? : )


  3. jdroth says:

    Okay, all three of you are right, of course. A Turkish get-up. How could I have not realized this was the perfect choice? 🙂

  4. Jeff says:

    One note — when doing your squats, it looks like your weight is too far forward.

    The majority of your weight should be in your heels, not the balls of your feet. In your last picture your heels aren’t actually touching the ground. I did the same thing until my instructor hit me on the back of the head enough times.

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