Triple Eight rep­re­sented at Cross­fit comp

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - REXINE HAWES

A unique cross­fit com­pe­ti­tion will in­clude six com­peti­tors from Mata­mata.

Six mem­bers of Triple Eight Functional Fit­ness, owned and op­er­ated by Jodie Pryor, will at­tend the Cross­fit Htown throw­down in Fe­bru­ary at Hamil­ton’s Cross­fit Ko­tahi gym.

Cross­Fit work­outs are based on functional move­ments re­flect­ing the best as­pects of gym­nas­tics, weightlift­ing and car­dio.

This Cross­Fit com­pe­ti­tion is a stand out, as for the first time it will in­clude peo­ple from 14-years right through to 60-plus. Usu­ally these age-groups com­pete sep­a­rately.

Pryor, a level one cross­fit in­struc­tor, says peo­ple from across the coun­try will at­tend the com­pe­ti­tion and she is thrilled to know mem­bers of Triple Eight will be in­cluded.

One of the par­tic­i­pants, Ken­dal John­son, will com­pete as a begin­ner. She is not only new to cross­fit, but also to fit­ness.

‘‘I wanted to get put out of my com­fort zone and achieve per­sonal goals in health and fit­ness. Fit­ness has never been a big thing in my life and cross­fit has helped me set goals.’’

Al­though ner­vous of com­pet­ing, the busy mum of two is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing John­son to Htown Throw­down is Cherie Heaslip and Larissa Gam­ble, Sarah Hawke, Baylee Nor­ris and Karaha Waaka, each com­pet­ing in dif­fer­ent as­pects of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Pryor has been work­ing with each mem­ber to help them achieve their per­sonal best and pre­pare them for the com­pe­ti­tion. She started her gym on Gar­land Street in July last year af­ter fin­ish­ing as a cross­fit in­struc­tor with Fit­zone.

She has about 50 mem­bers, rang­ing from teeangers through to those 60-plus. Pryor says the gym has a very ‘‘fam­ily’’ feel to it.

‘‘The last per­son gets the big­gest cheer. It doesn’t mat­ter what level of fit­ness you are, be­cause you still did the same work­out as the per­son ahead of you.’’

REXINE HAWES

Com­peti­tors from Mata­mata will rep­re­sent Triple Eight Functional Fit­ness at the Htown throw­down cross­fit com­pe­ti­tion next month.

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