CrossFit cat gives out high fives to gym goers in China as purr-fect motivation for their workouts

From: SCMP

BY NICOLAS ATKIN

Sometimes we all need that little bit of extra motivation to drag ourselves to the gym – and a CrossFit box in China seems to have found the purr-fect inspiration.

The CrossFit Pepper gym has a friendly in-house feline that likes to deal out high fives to gym goers during their workouts.

CrossFit’s social media channels shared a video of the cat sticking his paw out to give everyone a reassuring confidence boost as they jogged past.

The video has gone viral, garnering more than 150,000 likes on the official CrossFit Instagram account.

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Perhaps the cat has been listening to CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman, who travelled to Hangzhou last month for a gathering of CrossFit China affiliate gyms.

Who knows if the tabby was in the audience, but Glassman’s words were clearly inspiring.

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“CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but it’s for anyone,” he said.

“What’s so important about CrossFit is its distillation of all we have in common, and I see that here as clearly as anywhere I’ve been.”

Crossfitters pose at the CrossFit YEMA gym in China. Photo: Instagram/crossfitchina

China will host its first sanctioned event, the Asia CrossFit Championship, in April as a qualifier for the 2019 CrossFit Games.

The Pandaland CrossFit Challenge in Sichuan Province, to be held in December 2019, will act as a qualifier for the 2020 Games.

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