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 liam@cross­fit­ or call 021 146 1414.

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