Chal­lenge helps char­i­ties

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By LAU­REN PRIESTLEY

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.

‘‘This

is

just

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.’’

Photo: LAU­REN PRIESTLEY

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.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news. co.nz and click lat­est edi­tion to see a video on CrossFit pull-ups.

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