Challenge helps charities
JUST one more rep.
That’s the idea behind a new initiative that began sweeping the CrossFit world in early February and has now worked its way to Auckland gyms.
It’s called the Pull Up Pyramid. Athletes do a certain number of pull-ups and nominate three more people to do the same but add one more rep.
Athletes must video their challenge and then donate money to a charity of their choice based on the number of reps they do.
Gym trainers Wykie Etsebeth and Hineroa Paratene are impressed by the number of people taking part at their Eden Terrace gym.
Mr Etsebeth did 24 reps for the challenge and donated his $24 to Starship.
‘‘Crossfit is very much about taking things that have been popular and making it our own,’’ the 27-yearold says.
‘‘The guy who started it said even if we only get to 15, more than $7 million would be in the bank. It’s still going now. If we can take an idea and use it for good then why not?’’
Mr Etsebeth set up his CrossFit gym in 2011 after working at a corporate gym as a personal trainer.
At the end of last year his members raised more than $16,000 for a fellow user who was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
another example of the CrossFit community rallying together.
‘‘Our slogan is ‘people first, fitness follows’ and we definitely look after the people first.’’
Ms Paratene did 25 reps for the Pull-Up Pyramid.
Her partner is currently battling blood cancer so it was no surprise she chose Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand to donate her $25 to.
‘‘People just aren’t aware of blood cancers. If I can help them find a cure then it helps my partner too.
‘‘The support from them has been huge so why not give something back to them?’’
She got started with the fitness programme in 2011 and has been hooked ever since.
‘‘It’s the cliche ‘it changed my life’ – but CrossFit actually did. I have a different outlook on life now just because of CrossFit. It’s just my best place.’’
Good team: Wykie Etsebeth and Hineroa Paratene say CrossFit’s Pull Up Pyramid is about helping others.
Pull together: The worldwide CrossFit community is doing fitness challenges to raise money for charities.
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