CROSSFIT ACROSS THE DITCH
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,
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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.
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Australia / New Zealand Regional Competitions.