There's a small handful of CrossFit Auckland athletes competing officially in the 2011 CrossFit Games Open, and it has meant the world to them to have your support! WODs are hard enough without adding the extra pressure of competition. Thank you to everyone who has come along to Sectional WOD sessions to cheer people on, offered words of encouragement via the blog or during classes, and lent a hand behind the scenes to help us officiate/run sessions. You're all members of Team CrossFit Auckland.
100 KB Swing 24/26kg
100 Box Jumps 50cm
100 MB Slams 8/6kg
Partner A starts the directed exercise, while Partner B Runs 200m, then swap roles. Both Partners contribute to total reps. WOD is finished once all 500 reps are completed and last runner has returned.
Sadly, we're down a couple of good men. Sam has left us for beautiful Otago and will be posting WOD scores with CF Dunedin, and Bryce is away in Wellington – but only for a month! We look forward to having Bryce back soon, but in the meantime we trust he'll find a great community to hang out with at MY CrossFit. Hopefully Bobby Mayes has started training at MY CrossFit by now too!
Dear Alex & Lisa,
You have ruined me.
I will never forget the first night I came to CrossFit Auckland. I remember trying to be sick in the bushes at the halfway point. I remember lying on the concrete in the rain with you Lisa urging/yelling at me to get on my feet. I remember this strange light looming in front of me and this god-like voice saying to me “C’mon Sam, you can do it!”.
Not Christ himself at the pearly gates as it turns out, but a man named Jester. Although it does feel like I have found Jesus now! I remember thinking I have come to the right place! But you have ruined me. My only regret is I wish I had found you guys a couple of years earlier.
I love it. But, you have ruined me.
It works and I love it. It works because everyday is different and everyday I still get a little nervous when I check the website to see what the WOD is. It works because the people there are there for the right reasons, they like going into the dark places to see how far they can go. And it doesn’t matter what level you are at – everyone there is encouraging and absolutely brilliant to stand beside. But you have ruined me.
There is no better feeling in the world than the camaraderie between people who push through adversity and come out the other side together. And what is really cool is it doesn’t matter what end of the fitness scale you are at – it doesn’t matter if you finish 10 minutes behind everyone else or throw weights around that are 50kg lighter – you earn the right to hold your head up high when you finish the WOD and look the next guy in the eye.
You have ruined me because you simply do not find what you have created here every day. It is a rare thing. It is, I think hugely special and you guys should be hugely proud of creating that. And every crazy son of a bitch who is mad enough to come back a second time and a third time and every time after that adds to that environment. I think you guys are fantastic. The depth of knowledge you have, the encouragement you provide, the little things like going round shaking peoples hands at the end of the WOD, laying down the challenge at the start like saying you’re a pussy if you put that sandbag down – if all adds up and is brilliant.
And you make it fun. God knows how you do it as there is no sane reason for this to be fun.
Thank you guys – you have given me something more than you realize. And that is very cool.
See you in the arena again soon.
We are all going to miss you Sam. All the best mate.
Steve from Coastal CrossFit was visiting NZ last week, and dropped in to validate his CF Games Open WOD. If any of our CFAK crew are over on the Sunshine Coast, Steve has kindly invited us to throwdown with their people!