CrossFit opens in Mata­mata

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An un­con­ven­tional gym opened in Mata­mata on June 12.

‘‘It doesn’t have as much of the nor­mal equip­ment that con­ven­tional gyms have, as it’s more on func­tional fit­ness and CrossFit,’’ the owner and op­er­a­tor Jodie Pryor said.

888 Func­tional Fit­ness, lo­cated on 11c Gar­land St, was de­signed for CrossFit, so there was more space for Work­out of Day ses­sions.

CrossFit masters, who have had suc­cess at some CrossFit com­pe­ti­tions, demon­strated some of the ac­tiv­i­ties that hap­pen at the gym dur­ing the open­ing.

The demo in­cluded com­plet­ing as many sets of ex­er­cises within 15 min­utes to an au­di­ence of around 100 peo­ple.

Weightlifters who com­pete in Strong Man com-

CrossFit is high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing.

pe­ti­tions, where they lift in­creas­ing weights, also demon­strated their skills.

Pryor, who pre­vi­ously worked at Fit­zone Mata­mata where she ran group classes in­clud­ing CrossFit ones, was in­tro­duced to CrossFit at her un­cle’s gym in Hamil­ton about five years ago.

She en­joys the fact that the ex­er­cises can be adapted to peo­ple’s skill lev­els.

CrossFit is high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing. Orig­i­nally a fit­ness com­pany de­vel­oped by Greg Glass­man, it has now be­come more of a work­out style than a brand.

It aims to in­crease car­dio­vas­cu­lar en­durance, stamina, strength, flex­i­bil­ity, power, speed, co­or­di­na­tion and agility.

It com­bines weight train­ing, aer­o­bics and gym­nas­tics.

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