A sport of the fittest

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By STEPHEN PEN­NEY

Mem­bers of The Fit­ness Box with CrossFit Gra­ham­stown at­tended the Nutritech East Cape Cham­pi­onships (NECC), com­pet­ing at var­i­ous lev­els, from 8 to 10 Septem­ber. The event was hosted by CrossFit Al­goa. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pe­ti­tion Face­book page, the event was de­signed “with all fit­ness lev­els in mind.”

Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties in the Rx’ed Di­vi­sion in­cluded Mus­cle-up’s, Ch­est to Bar Pullup’s, Pis­tols, Hand­stand Pushup’s, Rope Climb­ing. Light through to heavy loads were used in this di­vi­sion.

In the Scaled Di­vi­sion, ath­letes were put to the test with ex­er­cises which in­cluded barbell, dumb­bell, and KB Move­ments.

The pre­scribed weights were ap­pro­pri­ate for begin­ners mak­ing the com­pe­ti­tion ac­ces­si­ble to all.

The com­pe­ti­tion was open to ath­letes af­fil­i­ated to CrossFit Boxes and non-af­fil­i­ated.

Cat­e­gories in­cluded: In­di­vid­ual Men Rx; In­di­vid­ual Women Rx; In­di­vid­ual Men Scaled; In­di­vid­ual Women Scaled; Team Rx, Su­per teams; Team Rx, Box Teams and Team Scaled.

In the In­di­vid­ual Rx men, Justin Hol­l­i­day of Gra­ham­stown fin­ished 6th over­all while Emma Ol­ley fin­ished 2nds in the In­di­vid­ual Rx women’s event.

In the Rx Su­per Teams: Nutritech Rat Pack, con­sist­ing of Justin Hol­l­i­day, Emma Ol­ley, Alan Foulis from Cape Town and for­mer CrossFit Gra­ham­stown coach Gemma Rader fin­ished sec­ond.

The top-placed Gra­ham­stown side in the Scaled teams was Team Uni­corn (Sharika van Dyk, Nadja Fred­er­icks, Dale Ed­wards, Har­ley Searle) who were third of 25 teams.

The Nutritech East Cape Cham­pi­onships (NECC) pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness the best ath­letes in the “sport of fit­ness” (CrossFit) from around Africa to throw down, in a sin­gle day of com­pe­ti­tion for the in­di­vid­u­als, and in two days of com­pe­ti­tion for the teams.

The team com­pe­ti­tion was fiercely con­tested as Su­per Teams took on Box Af­fil­i­ates. The event fea­tured tra­di­tional “CrossFit-style” work­outs (con­stantly var­ied, with chal­lenges of­ten un­known by the com­peti­tors) pro­grammed by Dave Levey (twice “Fittest in Africa”).

The per­for­mances all round were ex­em­plary and com­mend­able on ev­ery level, with the Su­per Teams com­pet­ing at an in­cred­i­bly high level of strength and fit­ness. The types of chal­lenges they faced in­cluded, sand­bag car­ries (up to 60kg bags), var­i­ous Olympic weight lift­ing (snatches, cleans, clean & jerks), pullups, mus­cle-ups, trail run­ning with ob­sta­cles, team dead­lifts, syn­chro­nised burpees, hand­stand walks, yoke car­ries and swim­ming.

The event will be broad­cast on Su­perS­port.

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing CrossFit and fit­ness train­ing in gen­eral, con­tact Emma Ol­ley at The Fit­ness Box ( info@cross­fit­gra­ham­stown.com or 076-996 7526). See Gra­ham­stown ath­letes’ re­sults in Know the Score on page 27.

Photo: Renette Klein­hans

Keme­sha Go­van­der car­ries a 30kg sand­bag dur­ing the week­end’s East Cape Games.

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