WOF Cross­fit suc­cess story

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WOF Cross­fit has dou­bled in size in the 18 months it has been in business and will be cel­e­brat­ing by rais­ing money for a good cause on Satur­day.

The gym, in Wall Place, Kenepuru, has 11 coaches and more than 130 mem­bers, in­clud­ing chil­dren and those who do boot camps.

Owner Anas­ta­sia Ben­nett said WOF Cross­fit had out­grown its premises.

‘‘Our classes are fully booked, but we need that big­ger space so we’re not crammed in,’’ she said.

Cross­fit has taken the fit­ness world by storm in the past few years and its ap­peal – no ma­chines, but plenty of run­ning, lifting, throw­ing and ex­er­cises such as box jumps and press- ups – showed no sign of abat­ing, Ben­nett said.

‘‘We’re pro­duc­ing re­sults with weight loss and fit­ness, and peo­ple are hav­ing fun and feel­ing good about them­selves.

‘‘Whole fam­i­lies are into it and we’ve cre­ated a re­ally sup­port­ive com­mu­nity here. We wouldn’t still be in business if it was just a fad that died away after a while.

‘‘So we have to get big­ger to meet that de­mand.’’

WOF Cross­fit re­cently fin­ished 12th out of 39 teams in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Mt Maun­ganui. Sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als from WOF were push­ing hard for ti­tles in their di­vi­sions, Ben­nett said.

The ex­tra room at WOF will mean more cross­fit classes and space for a shower, toi­let and chang­ing rooms.

The open­ing on Satur­day will be an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to try cross­fit and grab a sausage from the free bar­be­cue.

One of the mem­bers is also rais­ing money for mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, Ben­nett said.

‘‘We’re al­ways as sup­port­ive as we can be of mem­bers want­ing to fundraise, and this is a great cause,’’ she said.

Hard work: WOF Cross­fit’s Aaron Chan shows off his lifting style.

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