Feb. 22, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Strength, grit and determination were tested at Crossfit Whangārei on Saturday as over 50 athletes took to the floor at the first competition of its kind to be held in the city.
“Beauty and the Beast” was the first inaugural event to be organised by local box Crossfit Whangārei as teams of female/male duo’s signed up to test their weight lifting abilities, cardio endurance and a range of other exercises to take a spot on the podium.
Crossfit is a functional movement fitness programme which has taken the country by storm over recent years and Crossfit Whangārei owners Carson Arrol, Hugh Morgan-French, Jasmine Arrol and Eliza Morgan-French had a vision to execute a competition on a national level.
“The idea came up about four years ago but was put on the back burner for whatever reasons.
“The organisation of this event has been huge especially the administration,” Carson Arrol said.
“We wanted a good test of everything. We’ve had a strength test, a cardio test and synchronised stuff to switch it up and make it even across the board.”
Competitors travelled from as far away as Hastings to compete and the purpose-built gym proved the perfect location as supporters filled the venue throughout the day and were entertained by local DJ Ricky Prime.
Athletes completed five score based WODs (workouts of the day) across four divisions being beginners, intermediate, masters and the elite RX division. The fourth workout stood out for participants as being the most challenging as they battled to complete a range of burpees, pull ups, weighted squats, double-under skips and the dreaded calorie assault bike in under 9 minutes.
Competitor Tegan Capp said she was reluctant coming into the competition however the day ended up being a personal success.
“I made a few personal bests, learnt a few things, made some new friends and just had an amazing day,” she said.
But it was the Northland affiliates that stood out as athletes from Barbell Jungle Crossfit, Crossfit Whangārei and Far North Crossfit took pole position for beginners, intermediate and Masters and MC Tāmati Rakena also had positive comments about the day.
“He rawe, he mῙharo ki te kite i ngᾱ hunga katoa mai i Ōtautahi, mai i Kirikiriroa, mai i Kaikohe, nga whānau katoa kua hoki mai ki te kāinga ki roto o Whangārei. E harikoa ana te ngākau!”