FITTEST ON EARTH
– aiming for the crown
Luke wants to have the only CrossFit facility in Wellington to have two gym locations and to provide the best programming, training facility and CrossFit experience to his members reaching a broad range of people no matter what their level of ability or age.
Luke started doing CrossFit just over two years ago. He had just finished up his degree in Health Science at Massey University and was working as a personal trainer at a local gym in Wellington. He started out by trying to re-create functional movement workouts in the gym to improve his conditioning for rugby. He was introduced to CrossFit by another member that was also training at a local box (CrossFit gym) who invited him to watch a CrossFit competition that was being hosted in Wellington. He was instantly hooked.
“There were two CrossFit Games athletes competing and their physical ability was amazing. It was the first time I’d seen people do barbell snatches and handstand push-ups and ring muscle ups, it was so crazy to me! I am a very competitive person so both the competition atmosphere and the physical challenge was enough for me, I knew this was what I wanted to do.”
Shortly following Instinct Fitness was founded as an outdoor bootcamp. Luke started by recruiting a few friends to do 6am classes with him charging $10 for four weeks of classes that he would coach.
“I just wanted to get started and get people involved. I decided I wanted to open a gym, but on day one all I just needed was a group of individuals who were willing to put their faith in me and give it a go.”
By 2014 Instinct Fitness had opened its doors to over 65 members on Willis Street in Wellington. In little over a year, Luke had opened his second training facility in Thorndon and became a CrossFit affiliate alongside more than 17,000 other gyms globally – using CrossFit methodology to get members in the best shape they’ve ever been in in their lives.
In his third season of competition Luke is aiming to make it to the 2016 CrossFit Games in Carson, California, USA. Qualifying for the CrossFit Games consists of three stages – stage one is a five-week workout online competition, called The Open. The Open is held in local CrossFit Affiliates or garage gyms and is designed for any athlete, while still being tough enough to find the fittest athletes and rank them on a leader board. In 2015 over 270,000 athletes aged between 18 to 86 years old competed in the 2015 CrossFit Open around the world.
The best in a total of 17 regions are invited to compete against each other in what is called Regionals – this is stage two in making it to the games. Within the Pacific region alone, only 30 men and 30 women from Australia and New Zealand are invited to take part in the Regionals. This is a threeday event with seven workouts designed to be a little heavier and more technical than The Open. In 2015 Luke made it to the CrossFit Pacific Regionals and this year he has his sights set on making it to the CrossFit games.
“It was a huge experience last year making it over to Wollongong for the Pacific Regionals, but it made me realise that there wasn’t much between me and the top guys – they weren’t superhuman.”
CrossFit is one of the fastest growing sports around the world and every year since 2007, individuals have completed a series of workouts to qualify for The