CrossFit gold for Alexandra
‘‘People get the perception that it's extreme, hardcore and radical when in fact it's just a perception.’’
Alexandra CrossFit members are sporting a golden smile following recent success at a South Island competition.
Phil Borland, Heather Breen, Michelle Bruce and Therese Stevenson all won gold in their respective categories at the Masters League CrossFit competition in Christchurch over the weekend.
Coach Phil Borland said it was ‘‘pretty cool’’ to be able to match and beat many bigger CrossFit organisations from around the South Island.
People were becoming more aware of the benefits of CrossFit and the Alexandra group now had about 30 members, he said.
‘‘People get the perception that it’s extreme, hardcore and radical when in fact it’s just a perception.
‘‘It’s kind of like you’ve got to be reasonably good at all parts of fitness.’’
CrossFit had no age barrier, with some of the fittest people in the group being over the age of 50, Borland said.
The group sent five competi- tors to the 70-person event and they now had their eye on the next goal which was the worldwide CrossFit Open.
That meant being judged on a series of disciplines to gain a world ranking. Being ranked in the top 40 would get competitors an invite to the World CrossFit Games at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
It was a long-term goal and one that Borland was both realistic but optimistic about.
‘‘We’re going to do it for fun,’’ he said.
The group trains in Eclipse St, Alexandra with sessions every morning and evening throughout the week.
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