A sport of the fittest
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org or 076-996 7526). See Grahamstown athletes’ results in Know the Score on page 27.
Kemesha Govander carries a 30kg sandbag during the weekend’s East Cape Games.