For the first time, CrossFit Gore is sending two teams to Tauranga to compete at the New Zealand team CrossFit championships.
The two teams are each made up of three female and three male athletes.
CrossFit Gore owner and coach Anissa Brown was rapt with the response she had received from the teams.
“When I mentioned we would look at taking away teams we had such a positive popular response. There was lots of interest,” Brown said.
After more than 18 people turned up to trial for the teams, Brown had to whittle the numbers down to 12.
“There are six people in each team, plus two coaches.”
Brown and fellow coach Brooke Soper would head away with the teams which would compete in different divisions: scaled and intermediate.
“Scaled is to give everyone who wants to compete the chance to do so at a good level while intermediate athletes have more knowledge of functional movements and complete benchmark workouts.”
The competition would run over two days, with about four activities to be completed as a team throughout the day.
“There will be swimming, weightlifting, running, gym-based activities. There’s something that caters to each individual’s skills.”
Brown looked forward to her first experience coaching teams at a national level.
“I don’t have any expectations for the teams at all. We just want to get out there and really enjoy it,” she said.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting all the other teams up there, learning and seeing how others implement things.”
Brown and Soper had been training the two teams for about six months taking about five workouts per week.
“We are there for leadership and to provide support in the movements the athletes are completing.
“We go through the mechanics then consistency and then we raise the intensity of those movements to get them ready.”
Brown took over CrossFit Gore two years ago and was proud of the growth she had witnessed in her time.
“Going away to nationals has brought everyone closer together. It’s added a new dimension.
“Everyone says that you get addicted to the fitness side of CrossFit but you also get addicted to the family and community side of it, too.”
There was a “a lot of sweating with a lot of laughing” that happened at training, she said.
CrossFit was created in 2000 in the United States and involves varied functional movements that are performed at a high intensity.
The functional movements reflect the best aspects of movements involved in gymnastics, weightlifting, running and rowing.