CrossFit converts praise benefits
CrossFit converts say the activity is different from other sports because it makes them mentally, as well as physically, stronger.
A group of Fitzone gym members, including Baylee Norris, Kylie Karakia, Gabby Gifford, Sarah Hawke, Les McIlroy and Charlie Panapa, have seen those benefits.
They placed in the top 10 at their first CrossFit competition. Karakia placed fourth, Gifford fifth, Norris eighth and Hawke tenth in the rookie category.
There were 27 people in that section.
McIlroy placed seventh and Panapa eighth in the males section of the same category at the Rising Stars competition in Te Rapa. There were 23 people in that section.
The group’s instructor Jodie Pryor, who has been involved with CrossFit for two years, described the activity as a vigorous workout that combines weight training, aerobics and gymnastics. She takes a group of up to 20 people, ranging in ages from 14 to 60, through a Workout of the Day.
One of her participants, McIlroy, said everyone started at a beginner level. ‘‘It’s not just for fit people,’’ he said.
‘‘The trainer will judge your ability and scale it to your level.’’
The group activity makes people feel competitive but also encouraged.
‘‘The person who finishes last gets the most cheers,’’ Pryor said.
The main aim is to beat your last time, she said.
The group said even at the competition all the competitors cheered each other on and strangers were high-fiving each other.
Throughout the day the competitors had to complete three workouts against the clock.
Norris was submitting a workout online for a teenage CrossFit competition.
If she places in the top ten she would qualify for a regional CrossFit competition.
The Waikato volleyball representative and Thames Valley netball representative said CrossFit made her mentally stronger in a way team sport hadn’t.
‘‘It was weird having to push myself after playing team sport,’’ she said. CrossFit is high intensity interval training. Originally a fitness company developed by Greg Glassman, it has nowbecome more of a workout style than a brand. It aims to increase cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination and agility.
Baylee Norris, Kylie Karakia, Gabby Gifford, Sarah Hawke, Les McIlroy (and Charlie Panapa who was absent) placed in the top 10 of the rookie section of their first CrossFit competition.