Fit­ness for a cause

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

THEY’RE do­ing it in the United King­dom, Por­tu­gal, Afghanistan, Spain, the United States and now in Auck­land.

Gym bun­nies around the world are rais­ing mil­lions for char­ity by do­ing pull-ups and pass­ing the chal­lenge on to their mates.

It started with a man in the United King­dom do­ing one pull-up and donat­ing $1 to his cho­sen char­ity in Fe­bru­ary. He nom­i­nated three friends who did two pull-ups each and do­nated a fur­ther $2. Those three each nom­i­nated three more, and so it con­tin­ued.

The Pull Up Pyramid had spread across the globe through so­cial me­dia by the time the num­ber had got as high as 24 and had even reached a gym in Eden Ter­race.

Train­ers Wykie Et­se­beth of Mt Roskill and Hineroa Paratene are im­pressed by the num­ber of people at their gym who are keen to take part. Mr Et­se­beth did 24 pull-ups for the chal­lenge and do­nated $24 to Star­ship.

‘‘The guy who started it said even if we only get to 15, more than $7 mil­lion would be in the bank [world­wide]. It’s still go­ing now. If we can take an idea and use it for good then why not?’’

Mr Et­se­beth set up his own CrossFit gym in 2011 and en­joys the sense of com­mu­nity amongst his mem­bers.

Last year the folks at his gym 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 and so 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?’’

Photo: LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

Good team: Wykie Et­se­beth and Hineroa Paratene are im­pressed by the num­ber of gym mem­bers who want to help oth­ers by tak­ing part in the Pull Up Pyramid.

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