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The crossfit experience

My very first experience in the CrossFit world started in pain. A few weeks ago I went to fitness box Strasbourg for the first time to know a bit more about the discipline. I was fascinated by the engagement and will of each athlete. Yes, I use the word “athlete” even though a lot of the cross-fitters in this “box”, as they call it, aren't competitors and just come here to keep in shape. It's impressive to see how hard and how far they push their body during each session. What struck me was the solidarity and communion between all of them. They motivate and push each other to go beyond their limits.

Damien Rillard (owner of this box) explained to me a brief history of this sport and answered kindly all my questions.

The most important one: What is Crossfit? CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program using equipment from multiple disciplines, including barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, jump ropes, kettlebells, medicine balls, ply boxes, resistance bands, rowers, and various mats. CrossFit is focused on "constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement,"

Its goal is to optimize physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.

As it's always hard to get around things in only a few minutes so he proposed to me something. Damien asked me to join one of their Workout of the Day (WOD). This was a good and a bad idea. It helped me understand a little bit more of what cross fitters go through during a WOD. But for a beginner like me, this was too intense. The result? I was paralyzed for a whole week after that.

A few weeks later, when all my muscles were operational again, I knew exactly the type of look I wanted to develop with some of their trainers. I worked solo on this one and had to work light. I brought with me a Para 88 and a broncolor move 1200L for the job.

I wasn't a big fan of the look of the “box” so I decided to darken most parts of the environment and keep only a few elements. Most of the time, I play with the surroundings and try to integrate my model into my scenery. It wasn't the goal here, the idea was simple, show typical CrossFit moves in action. So the focus was on the athlete and nothing else.

Here is the result of my work with a classic simple one light set up for a dark dramatic look. I added the lighting setup and Infos of 3 different pictures just to give you an idea of how simple it is to achieve the same results.

Big thanks to Fitness box Strasbourg and their trainers. Special thanks to Morgane Pedrini for putting us in contact and for initiating me to the Crossfit world. Shoutouts to the broncolor team, thank you for your support.


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