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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