CROSSFIT ACROSS THE DITCH

New Zealand Fitness - - IN THIS ISSUE - By Anas­ta­sia Prikhodko

Com­pet­ing against your­self

Orig­i­nat­ing in Amer­ica in the mid 1990s Crossfit has trans­formed it­self from an un­der­ground phe­nom­e­non to a main­stream source of ex­er­cise and for many, a way of life,

writes ANAS­TA­SIA PRIKHODKO.

Capped ninth fit test man in the world, Syd­ney-based Chad Mckay was first ex­posed to Crossfit in 2008 and by 2009 he was com­pet­ing in his first Crossfit com­pe­ti­tion.

“It wasn’t like any thing I had tried be­fore,” Chad says.

Crossfit fo­cuses on func tional move­ment, which trans­lates into ever yday life, for ex­am­ple do­ing dead lifts helps with lift­ing shop­ping bags.

The ex­er­cise en­ables in­di­vid­u­als to be­come all round ath­letes; it is a com­bi­na­tion of Olympic weightlif ting, car­dio and gym­nas­tic aes­thetic s.

Ever y day the ex­er­cises var y so the mus­cles don’t get used to it, on one ex­er­cise ses­sion the rou­tine might con­sist of a 5km run, squats, dead lifts and pull-ups.

Har­riet Roberts, a Kiwi now liv­ing in Syd­ney, has been train­ing to com­pete in the Re­gion­als Com­pe­ti­tion and from there qualif y to com­pete in the Crossfit Games 2013.

She com­pares Crossfit to army train­ing.

Chad in­cor­po­rated Crossfit into all as­pec t s of his life and be­came “hooked” he says. “It is about com­pet­ing against your­self.”

In 2011 he gained 12th place and 2012 he came ninth at the Los An­ge­les Crossfit Games.

His goal is to once again qualif y for the World Crossfit Games this year.

There are three stages to

com­pet­ing in Crossfit. The first stage is the Opens, this takes five weeks and a dif­fer­ent rou­tine is emailed out from Amer­ica weekly. Any­one can en­ter this event and post their re­sult s.

Then 48 in­di­vid­ual ath­letes (men and women) and 30 teams get se­lec ted to com­pete in the Re­gion­als, this is be­tween Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

From there, the top three men and women and three teams get se­lec ted to com­pete in the Los An­ge­les Crossfit Games.

“Crossfit is all about the com­mu­nity, they egg you on, t is the driving force behind the ex­er­cise,” says Oliver Smith,a co- owner and trainer at Crossfit R.

Be­ing pas­sion­ate Crossfit ters Oliver Smith and his busi­ness par tner Jon Gomez de­cided to open up their own Crossfit gym in Syd­ney.

Oliver says that the rea­son behind Crossfit head­ing into be­ing main­stream is be­cause “peo­ple know that it will help them lose weight, the work outs are a com­bi­na­tion of in­ten­sit y and func­tional move­ment, which change daily.”

Crossfit has gained move­ment and Syd­ney is def­i­nitely on board with this new way of healthy liv­ing.

CrossFit Never Quit Af­fil­i­ate Games Day.

Aus­tralia / New Zealand Re­gional Competitions.

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