Push­ing bod­ies to the limit

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - REXINE HAWES

Every­one has goals.

Some peo­ple aim to get fit while oth­ers build mus­cle or lose weight.

But for three peo­ple from Mata­mata, it’s about push­ing their bod­ies to the limit and smash­ing per­sonal goals.

Tea Welling­ton, Paul Ham­mond and Chris Croas­dale have all re­cently re­turned from the CrossFit na­tional champs in Hamil­ton, an in­tense two-day com­pe­ti­tion.

CrossFit is con­stantly var­ied func­tional move­ments per­formed at high in­ten­sity.

Work­outs are based on func­tional move­ments re­flect­ing the best as­pects of gym­nas­tics in­clud­ing weightlift­ing, run­ning, row­ing.

They are the core move­ments of life.

Croas­dale com­peted in in­ter­me­di­ate male di­vi­sion, fin­ish­ing sec­ond, Ham­mond fin­ished 7th in mens scale di­vi­sion and Welling­ton fin­ished 28th in fe­male scale di­vi­sion.

At 15-years-old, Welling­ton was one of the youngest com­peti­tors, and with­out a teen di­vi­sion, was com­pet­ing against women twice her age.

They had to qual­ify for the champs, in a month long on-line event. Only 32 men and 32 women were se­lected to com­pete.

Croas­dale, co-owner of The Evolve Gym, says CrossFit is ad­dic­tive, but it’s not about be­ing an adrenalin junkie.

‘‘Step­ping up steps, or pick­ing up gro­cery bags are part of daily life, so the move­ment is func­tional ex­er­cise, it’s move­ment used in ev­ery­day life.

‘‘Cross Fit is not about com­pet­ing, but stay­ing healthy and fit.

‘‘It’s high in­ten­sity, but there is a strat­egy be­hind it as well. ‘‘It’s mar­keted at any­one. ‘‘There are prob­a­bly 10 women in this gym who have done com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘Three years ago they came in here, they have had kids and haven’t been in a gym be­fore.

‘‘Their main goal was to lose dif­fer­ent fit­ness weight and feel bet­ter.

‘‘Now they are lift­ing 100kgs off the ground and doing their first CrossFit com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It’s cool to see some of them break­ing down emo­tion­ally cause they were so happy with them­selves on the day,’’ says Croas­dale.

Ham­mond is one of three Mata­mata com­peti­tors head­ing to the CrossFit Masters League on the Gold Coast in Oc­to­ber.

Join­ing him will be Kim Louch and Steven Lang­don who will make up 90 par­tic­i­pants from the New Zealand team.

With na­tion­als out of the way, and 10 weeks to go till the Masters, Ham­mond is now putting all his work­out ef­forts into men­tally and phys­i­cally pre­par­ing him­self.

Part of his prepa­ra­tion strat­egy is to train two hours a day, six days a week, and in­crease it in the few weeks pro­ceed­ing it with­out emp­ty­ing the tanks.

He says men­tal dis­ci­pline can be the hard­est part, as you have to train your brain to not give up when it wants to.

It’s the rea­son why Welling­ton was one of the youngest com­peti­tors, as he says many teenagers lack that men­tal dis­ci­pline.

He says Welling­ton has a nat­u­ral abil­ity and will go a long way in CrossFit.

All three dream of be­ing able to com­pete in the World CrossFit Games in the US.

This is where the ab­so­lute best of the best from around the world will bat­tle it out to be the ul­ti­mate CrossFit champ. Visit the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle, Neigh­bourly.co.nz page to watch the video.

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Chris Croas­dale, Tea Welling­ton and Paul Ham­mond have all re­cently re­turned from the CrossFit na­tional champs in Hamil­ton.

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Tea Welling­ton was one of the youngest com­peti­tors at the Na­tional CrossFit champs.

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