Impossibly blue sparkling sea, soaring high temperatures, miles of fine white sand, extortionately expensive super cars charging around the impeccably clean highways. A land where the history, culture and way of life is so vastly different to Europe. Abu Dhabi is not exactly where you would expect to find the world’s most relaxed, friendly and easy going CrossFitters.
Both training and coaching at Vogue Fitness: CrossFit Yas in Abu Dhabi in a state of the art CrossFit box which has experienced meteoric success over the last 5 years.
Vogue Fitness was founded in 2014 by expatriates Billy Graham & Patrick Hegarty and is headquartered at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, next to the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit.
In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Vogue Fitness (CrossFit Yas) ranked as the number 1 fitness team in the Middle East and Africa.
In 2016 Team CrossFit Yas placed 3rd at the Reebok CrossFit Games becoming the first team outside of the USA to podium at the CrossFit Games. The same year, Coach Jamie Greene won the CrossFit Open.
Fast forward to 2019 and now just a short time before the start of the CrossFit Games, both Jamie and Elliot find themselves already in a winning position. Both completing The Open workouts finishing 1st in their respective countries.
There's a lot of strong competition out there, but heading into this competition in winning form is definitely going to help. We can't wait to see how they do.
We were lucky enough to ask Jamie and Elliot a couple of questions as they prepare to challenge for the title "The Fittest on Earth"..
1. If you could go back in time to when you first started CrossFit, what advice would you give yourself?
Elliot: Warm up more, spend time outside of WODs to master the movements. Hammer weaknesses.
Jamie: I don’t know. Maybe just drag more people into it with me!
2. What is your favourite CrossFit movement, and your most hated?
Elliot: Snatch is my favourite and least favourite. It can make or break your day.
Jamie: Favourite- Muscle ups Hated- Rowing
3. What piece of kit in your gym bag could you not live without?
Elliot: Thumb Tape
Jamie: Amino Energy- love a good preworkout
4. What is the best thing about Crossfit Yas?
Elliot: The atmosphere
Jamie: All of it! Haha The people definitely, we have a cool bunch of coaches who are all easy to get a long with and are the best at what they do and our members make coaching fun, they work hard, listen and are awesome to be around. It’s always a good time at Yas.
5. Most important of all, what is your favourite food?
Elliot: All of it - too hard to choose. Depends on my mood
Jamie: Lollies (Candy)
So there you have it folks, the UK’s Number 1 CrossFit male has a love/ hate relationship with the snatch too! There’s hope for us all! (maybe)
If you want to show your support for Elliot and Jamie, don’t forget you can buy your CrossFit Yas T shirts and Vest tops here, exclusively available in the UK from wodmylife.com