Injuries shrugged off by Mclaughlin
CrossFit gym picking up the pace
If it wasn’t for dodgy shoulders, Dave Mclaughlin may have hit even bigger heights.
The 43- year- old came second in the masters section at the country’s largest CrossFit competition, the Hawke’s Bay Open, last month.
Mclaughlin didn’t have the best build-up, recovering from a left shoulder rotator cuff injury. Then, during the first round of competition, he dislocated his right shoulder.
‘‘It’s an old league injury and it just went,’’ he said. ‘‘I was able to pop it back in and carry on. It was one of those things, but it made doing some of the weights really tough.’’
CrossFit is a training philosophy that builds strength and conditioning through varied and challenging workouts, often involving weights and high repetitions.
It has been called addictive and even ‘‘ cultish’’ in some circles, something Mclaughlin laughs off.
‘‘I’m an old league player and CrossFit has been amazing for my fitness and strength.
‘‘I’ve always kept fit and have joined other gyms in the past, but CrossFit has been different.
‘‘It pushes you but there is a very supportive environment, somewhere that’s familyoriented.’’
At the Hawke’s Bay Open, in Hastings, Mclaughlin’s masters category had 40 entrants. He was blown away by the number of repetitions he had to do with very heavy weights in nine workouts over two days of competition.
He said he was ‘‘ smoking’’ the man who would eventually win, but was eventually overcome by fatigue and his injuries and was chuffed to finish second.
He hoped to take part in the CrossFit Games masters in Auckland later this year. CrossFit Porirua owner and head coach Liam McElwee says the business is going well, approaching its first birthday.
‘‘It’s starting to snowball. People see CrossFit on YouTube or wherever and it puts them off,’’ he said.
‘‘But, when they come up here [to the gym in Raiha St] and give it a try, they find out it’s people having fun and getting fit. We’re a family.’’
McElwee said there was accountabilty, coaching of proper weightlifting and exercise techniques to ensure lower chances of injury, and the results speak for themselves.
One member lost four inches off her waistline in six weeks and a former rugby player shed 26kg.
CrossFit Porirua has 80 members. The oldest was 58 and youngest just 15, McElwee said.
He said that in April, he hoped to become certified to hold Crossfit classes for kids.
There is another CrossFit gym in Porirua, based in Wall Place, two in Lower Hutt and four in Wellington.
Crossfit Porirua runs free introductory sessions and off- peak sessions three days a week.
Check out their Facebook page, email email@example.com or call 021 146 1414.