In early September, Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas.
Catastrophic was the word used by Charles Johnson to describe the complete devastation that happened on the northwest islands of the Bahamas. As the owner of CrossFit Potcake, located in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, he said it’s impacted the community as a whole.
“The islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama were completely destroyed by severe flooding and winds up to 200 mph,” he said. “A staggering amount of lives were lost as the storm sat over the islands for 40 hours. The country has never seen such devastation. There are four CrossFit Affiliates in The Bahamas, CrossFit Island 242 in Grand Bahama being affected mainly.”
CrossFit Potcake is the oldest and largest Affiliate in the country. While Johnson said his gym didn’t see any damage, many of his members have left the Box to support their family impacted by the hurricane. He said it’s affected the business, but that is just the reality of a devastating storm. Because of this, Johnson said his Box is leading the charge in relief efforts, especially for members who have family that lost everything.
As such, on Friday, September 27, CrossFit Potcake is calling on Affiliates around the world to participate in Hope for Bahamas. It stems from Hope the WOD, an early initiative that became the CrossFit Foundation to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. “I felt it was something that can be done to bring awareness to one of the world’s worst disasters in recent history,” said Johnson. “The idea is simple: do a workout and donate a few bucks. If you can’t donate, then try to get someone else to participate. If you do the workout, post it online and challenge a friend to do it too.”
1 minute Burpees
1 minute Power Snatches (75/55)
1 minute Box Jumps (24/20)
1 minute Thrusters (75/55)
1 minute Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
1 minute Rest
*17 Minute Time Cap
One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to families of CrossFitters in the Bahamas who need help. “I want CrossFitters to do this WOD in support of lives lost,” said Johnson. “They can use the hashtag #hopeforbahamas to show their support, even if it’s a word of encouragement for people who have lost everything or to wear a shirt in support.”
Hurricane Dorian has impacted this island country to a devastating degree, but the Affiliate community plans to make its own impact in response. Johnson said if he learned anything from the storm, it’s that your life can change drastically in the matter of an hour. He wants to help those whose lives were affected. “CrossFit Island 242 in Grand Bahama went from having 70 members to three,” he shared. “As a country, all of us are affected in some way, so we have to do what we can to return to a sense of normalcy.”