A dom­i­nant per­for­mance in the gym

Seaway News - - SPORTS - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Shanna Daw­ley has raised the bar for Corn­wall’s CrossFit scene.

Against some of Canada’s top ath­letes, Daw­ley, head trainer at Se­away Val­ley CrossFit, placed fifth at the Com­pWOD - Best of the Best In­vi­ta­tional 2013.

The event pins elite ‘Cross­Fit­ters’ against each other in a se­ries of gru­elling work­outs with many other pre­cise move­ments and chal­lenges.

CrossFit is an ex­er­cise pro­gram that com­bines el­e­ments of Olympic weightlift­ing, gym­nas­tics and high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing.

“I was hop­ing to place top 15th this year and I placed fifth. I was shocked,” said Daw­ley, 34. “I also had to work through an in­jury that hap­pened in De­cem­ber.”

A back in­jury caused her to miss the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion. Daw­ley waited pa­tiently un­til she re­cu­per­ated this May. Then her gutsy climb to the Best of the Best, held in Markham, Ont. started to turn heads.

A video posted online of her do­ing a 225 pound over­head squat was be­ing shared in gyms all over. It was clear to her In­ter­net au­di­ence that the same com­peti­tor that placed 18th just the year be­fore was ready for a come­back.

“My first work­out step­ping out there they had us lift­ing a crazy weight,” said Daw­ley. “The fact that I came in first in my heat meant it was go time.” A dozen sup­port­ers from Sum­mit Health and Fit­ness Club, Corn­wall’s only CrossFit fa­cil­ity, spent the en­tire day cheer­ing. Daw­ley com­peted against 18 Cross­Fit­ters mostly from east­ern Canada.

“The thing I was most ner­vous of was let­ting them down,” she said. “They were scream­ing all day long for me. I couldn’t be­lieve it.”

As a head trainer with 12 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence Daw­ley says CrossFit has lev­els for all ages. “Ev­ery sin­gle work­out is scal­able,” she said. But for her be­ing at a com­pet­i­tive level is a life­style that means be­ing at your ab­so­lute best. “I eat, sleep and breathe and it,” said Daw­ley.

Three work­outs a day. Six days a week. Be­ing on a strict diet and no par­ty­ing. All to be ready for any­thing that comes her way.

Adam Brazeau

Shanna Daw­ley, Se­away Val­ley CrossFit’s head trainer at Sum­mit Health and Fit­ness Club.

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