Com­peti­tors put their bod­ies to the test in Dual Car­nage

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The CrossFit fit­ness craze has taken off in the Pil­bara but ath­letes have al­ways lacked the chance to test their skills against oth­ers — un­til now.

Kar­ratha’s first CrossFit com­pe­ti­tion, Dual Car­nage, ran out of Im­pact gym last week and saw 40 lo­cal com­peti­tors put their bod­ies to the test.

The event was or­gan­ised by Im­pact own­ers Shari and Sam Tay­lor, whose gym spe­cialises in CrossFit and who have com­peted in com­pe­ti­tions them­selves, to give Kar­ratha and Wick­ham en­thu­si­asts a goal to work and help pro­mote the sport with a fun event.

Ath­letes worked in mixed pair teams over three open events, be­fore the top teams pro­gressed to knock-out fi­nals for the chance to win a set of cash prizes.

Af­ter a busy day of row­ing, weightlift­ing, sled pushes, run­ning and skip­ping com­po­nents, to name a few, the fi­nal win­ners on the day were Brooke Turner and Mana Tito.

They were fol­lowed by Erin and Noel Hig­gins in sec­ond place and Stacey and David Ox­ley in third.

Turner, a qual­i­fied per­sonal trainer and the founder of lo­cal busi­ness Bal­ance Fit­ness and Nu­tri­tion, said the event had suc­ceeded in chal­leng­ing com­peti­tors to reach for the next level in their work­outs.

“I was hop­ing for a day of some re­ally good phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and to go home feel­ing ex­hausted and that I had been pushed,” she said.

“It went well and you just surprise your­self.”

Dual Car­nage was open to all ath­letes from Im­pact, Primed Fight N Fit, the Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct and Red Cross Train­ing gyms.

She said CrossFit was pop­u­lar be­cause it was ac­ces­si­ble to any­one and the work ath­letes put in paid off.

“I think it’s be­cause it’s based on per­for­mance rather than what you look like, or it’s per­for­mance over aes­thet­ics,” she said.

“If you haven’t put in the work then you can’t re­ally hide any­where.

“It’s some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery time, it can be quite high-in­ten­sity and. . . once peo­ple try it they can get a bit ad­dicted.”

Or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to make Dual Car­nage an an­nual event.

Pic­tures: Brooke Turner

Com­peti­tors from Kar­ratha's first CrossFit com­pe­ti­tion, Dual Car­nage.

Com­peti­tors in ac­tion at Kar­ratha CrossFit com­pe­ti­tion Dual Car­nage.

The win­ning teams of the Dual Car­nage.

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