Tsunami Training Camp in San Gil is an excellent example of why CrossFit offers a unique and insightful way to travel. It gives an authentic, glimpse into the everyday life of the local community. Every box is different, but TSunami Training Camp offers a truly alternative experience. You might find yourself sitting back in amazement.
The 90-minute classes can get a little chaotic at times, but out of the chaos comes a very enjoyable and effective class with a great group of people. The only reservation I had is that if you are neither able to speak Spanish, nor have much experience with CrossFit, you might find classes at Tsunami Training Camp hard to follow and a little overwhelming.
I love joining a class with such a diverse mix of members. While it’s not a box which seems to focus heavily on its competitors, the program is challenging and has a lot of volume. The members who do compete train in the classes, so I was always able to find somebody to push myself in the workout.
Tsunami Training Camp is a great little box hidden down a cobbled street, risen above much of the town. This makes for some great views at night. It’s definitely one of the more rustic boxes that you’d be likely to come across on your travels, but that adds to the charm. The walls are clad with chipboard, and the ceiling is just high enough for a set of rings.
What made this gym one to remember was the programme and the way that it pushed me. Tsunami Training Camp may not have all the frills of some boxes, but it has barbells, bumpers plates, heavy dumbbells, kettlebells, a rig, a couple of benches and everything else that you would expect to see in a CrossFit gym.
It doesn’t, however, have any cardio equipment. Instead, it’s on a hill which lends itself to hill sprints. San Gil is also prime trail running country and the box does organise the occasional trail run or hike so ask about these if you are interested. It also organizes a swim on the first and second Saturday of every month.
The coaches were very happy for me to do my own thing. They even seemed to encourage it. However it’s also worth noting that if you do want to train by yourself, you won’t have access to the rig/squat rack as it would’ve meant getting in the way of the class.
Workout of the day
The classes at Tsunami Training Camp are 90 minutes long. And to be honest, I don’t think they could fit the amount of volume they include into anything less. See the class programme from a day below. Three back-to-back Metcons! People that are new to this type of volume might want to manage their intensity as to not ruin themselves for the rest of the day.
However, even if you do decide to hit each element hard you might be saved. The programme only has three high intensity days each week. On the other days the intensity is dropped right down. So if you are only planning on training one or two days during your stay, you may want to consider which days you go.
The Weekdays 9.30am class is always more traditional CrossFit style training, however with that exception, the general pattern is:
Monday - Functional Bodybuilding / Strength
Tuesday - Crossfit Style Metcons - High intensity, High Volume
Wednesday - Functional / Bodyweight style training mixed with a lower intensity Functional Bodybuilding / Strength session
Thursday - Crossfit Style Metcons - High intensity, High Volume
Friday - Functional Bodybuilding / Strength
Saturday - Crossfit Style Metcons - High intensity, High Volume
An Example of the programme from one Tuesday:
Strength: 10 EMOM of a Single clean increasing in weight
Event 1) Thrusters 15 - 10 - 5
DUBs 50- 100 - 150
Event 2) For time (15 mins)
60 Sit Ups
50 KB Swings
40 Pull Ups
Event 3) 5 x 1 Min AMRAP
5 Burpees then Max Wall Balls
You can imagine my disbelief after finishing the second ‘event’ when I realised that we still had another to go. The above was a huge contrast to the Friday which was much more accessory work, building up to heavy deadlifts, Dumbbell Bench presses and weighted pull ups.
How to find TSunami Training Camp:
San Gil is a small town. So as long as your accommodation is reasonably central, it’s not going to be far to walk. That being said TSunami Training Camp is towards the top of the steep bank which runs along the side of the town. Be prepared for short, but steep climb as you walk to the gym. Also give yourself enough time to find TSunami Training Camp. It took me a couple of attempts, because map apps didn’t seem to put the address in the correct place. However, the location linked at the bottom of the page is correct so you shouldn’t have the same problem.
There is no obvious sign outside the gym, it’s simply recognisable from the open garage door and the Sound of Music and banging weights from the inside.
The two streets which it is on the corner of (Calle 9a and Carrera 6a) only exist for half a block, so if you look for them you will never find them. To find it for the first time, you are better off walking along Carrera 6 then turn up the hill at Calle 9, and take the first right after half a block. This is Carrera 6a. It’s then another right (down hill) at the first chance you get. Tsunami Training camp will be on your left.