An interview with John Morgan. "You have to give it priority, obviously not over everything, but if I didn’t I would never attend. I am known to call meetings short so I can go to CrossFit Auckland. The lunch time QuickFit classes are convenient for me, and while I am in the office I find it breaks my day up and is great for stress relief. Add a couple of 5.45am morning CrossFit classes or after work classes a week and I find it manageable."
The workouts are challenging, always varied, which means you never get bored. The coaching is excellent with a strong emphasis on teaching the right skills to challenge yourself safely. The members are friendly, like minded and range from beginners to super fit athletes. Importantly CrossFit Auckland can cater to every level of fitness and the coaches are excellent at scaling the workouts accordingly.
I would like to thank you all for sharing your time and expertise with me over the last 9 weeks. It has been an amazing experience and I have loved it! I have not only learnt new skills, but I have learnt so much about myself and what I can achieve.
Over the last 9 months I’ve gone from 80kgs to 65kgs. I was 105kgs when I started at CrossFit Auckland! I PB’d every day for nearly two months last year. People joked I should have my own section on the whiteboard. Gains in my CrossFit life have translated directly into making gains in my personal life – I have started to appreciate myself as a person and gained the confidence to expand my social circles and try new things.
The beauty is that CFAK provides me with an environment where I can train to my abilities, no one else’s. This is encouraged and supported by the exceptional team of coaches as well as my fellow athletes. CrossFit is about more than just training for me, it’s a lifestyle that is consistent with my personal values and compliments my desire to get the most out of everything I do.
CrossFit is probably the first activity I have tried without a friend to hold my hand along the way – I’m actually quite shy and awkward around strangers. I’ve always been active, I’ve joined gyms, bootcamps, done kickboxing and played team sports, but the results and personal achievements that I have made since starting CrossFit has kept me coming back for more.
At 47 I was 108Kg and technically obese according to my BMI. I was unable to maintain running due to damage I had done to my Achilles attachments on both heels caused by running long distance events overweight and without proper training! This is when things got interesting, I used to Trail Run in Inov-8 shoes and was at Shoe Science Albany and they had CrossFit shoes in stock... I asked the question I have been asked many times since! "What is CrossFit?" The salesman explained it to me in detail and mentioned CrossFit Auckland in Albany. I was hooked, I looked at the website, signed up and waited for the induction!
was looking at some photos from just before I started at CrossFit Auckland and I just about fell off my chair. I have to attribute almost all of this to you and your training methods. I remember then, my weight was about 95kg. I am now 78kg and am the fittest I have ever been.
Alex, Lisa and their team of coaches at CrossFit Auckland have helped me significantly in helping achieve my individual success and also enhanced every aspect of my performance as an athlete. I have been amazed at the strength and conditioning gains CrossFit training has made with the added benefit of becoming more efficient and maximising my time on and off the water; I’m undoubtedly stronger than what I was a year ago, and only spend half the time training in a gym that I did before.
We’ve met so many awesome people and made so many great friends as well as achieved so much in terms of our personal goals. We appreciate your philosophy towards fitness, endless expertise of which you continue to seek and the efforts you make to provide an engaging programme for us even when we are struggling with old bodies hammered from years of rugby.
In the relatively short time I’ve been going to QuickFit classes I can tell that I have already become fitter and stronger. Perhaps even more importantly though I’ve overcome some of the mental barriers I had in place and am doing things I never considered I’d be able to do. The induction was a great way to meet other new members, and really important in helping to understand the CrossFit methodology and bed in the basic techniques behind the stuff we do. I remember Antoinette telling us that this CrossFit thing was addictive. At the time I was doubtful – but now I know she was right, it surely is! Lisa and Alex are clearly passionate about what they do and have created a great club where everyone is encouraged and challenged to reach beyond their potential. A comment I read that says “This is the only sport where the last person to finish gets the loudest cheer” is so true. That’s been me a few times and the encouragement from the coaches and other members is awesome. Even better is the satisfaction of completing that workout and knowing that, actually, you CAN do this.
I grew up playing a lot of sports, my main sport being Basketball of which I represented Rep teams such as North Harbour and Junior NZ development squads. Unfortunately I had the passion torn away from me when I was young and found myself quite lost throughout my teens. I developed an eating disorder, Bulimia & starving myself from the age of 14 and this stayed with me through to my adult years until the age of 24. After finding CrossFit and training at CrossFit Auckland I have finally rid the habit that had held me back for so many years and have a new found confidence in myself.
I’m really proud to say that I’m a member at CrossFit Auckland; from our top-notch coaches and amazingly supportive members we create a great community within ourselves. They are all like my family. When I first started CrossFit I thought I was reasonably fit, until I attempted my first XLR8 class, I ended up last and cried during the workout (people thought it was sweat). But one thing that kept me coming back time after time was the enormous amount of support and encouragement I got from everyone else at the club, they knew how I felt and they all had gone through the same thing.
During the whole of 2011 I would drive by the old CrossFit box and look at these poor people running along the road with sandbags and other peculiar gear. I would think, “no way I will ever do that – so not elegant”. Yet I made my son Ladhu and my nephew Jacob members of CrossFit Auckland’s Kids and Teens program. They loved it (and still do). It was unlike anything else they’d tried before. So by the end of 2011 I gave it a try. The plan was to only do 3 months – just enough to get in shape. I was “skinny fat” with weak noodle arms and a long car butt, worse I was chronically fatigued. I had difficulty eating. There are one hundred thousand things I can say about my experience at CrossFit Auckland, but I will try to keep it short and sweet.
CrossFit really changed my life around over the 2 years with CrossFit Auckland and after a year off I’ve noticed how well my body has been functioning and how all the movements incorporate into everyday life which has helped a shit load with the landscaping I’ve been doing the last couple months.
I saw and felt more results in the 1st 3 months at QuickFit than I did going to gym for 3 years doing my own thing. Since starting QuickFit about 6 months ago, I have lost a total of 8kg’s. Besides the weight loss I also enjoyed the fact that in 5 months of going to QuickFit thrice a week, not once did I do the same routine. This keeps things fresh and interesting.
For a little while now I have wanted a better, let’s say more natural way of managing my health issues. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) in 2011. UC is a form of inflammatory bowel disease whereby my body’s own immune system attacks elements of my digestive system. What I found most difficult to deal with (other than the symptoms) was the news that autoimmune diseases such as UC are lifelong and not medically curable, but managed by medication. I was prescribed to take 11 pills a day. Taking this many pills a day horrifies me, I am in my 30’s! So for the past couple of years I have been looking for a way to improve my lifestyle as a means of managing my UC. One part of this for me is exercise.
The biggest challenge that I faced starting something like this was whether I would be able to handle the intensity of the training. Many of my friends and family wondered whether I should be doing something like CrossFit, and I had doubts myself, but I was determined to give it a go. The reason behind this doubt – was the fact the two years prior I had had my lower back fused together. I haven’t had the best luck in terms of injuries, but I stand by the fact when people question why I keep doing CrossFit, that CrossFit hasn’t caused most of my injuries, but it has sure as hell allowed me to keep coming back once I am able to, and has helped me rehab a lot quicker than normal.
On its website, CrossFit is described as "A strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, if not randomized, functional movements executed at high intensity." By definition this is accurate; but it doesn’t begin to cover all that CrossFit is. Not only am I physically more capable of doing things I never thought were possible, CrossFit Auckland has given me confidence in myself as a person. It has given me a community to thrive in and a passion for fitness that has no bounds. It has given me an endless list of possibilities… goals to strive for and milestones to achieve. As I watched that strength manifest itself physically, I realised that I'd also gained the mental and emotional toughness I finally needed to leave an abusive relationship. After 12 years of believing I would never amount to anything, I was able to pick myself up, stand strong and go after the PR I had always wanted but thought was unattainable – to live my best life.
I have been having an amazing time at CrossFit Auckland. I had my reservations about doing the 12 week Women’s programme due to training for the Auckland Marathon. However this is the perfect cross-training for me.
I started at CrossFit Auckland for a few of reasons: 1. I needed to do something for myself (as a working mum of two young children time on my own is very precious). 2. Stress relief. 3. General fitness. 4. Right next door to work! In the first couple of weeks I wondered what I had got myself into... (especially at the end of week two was 400m lunges!). I looked at everyone else and thought there is no way I can be good at this. But I preserved I was determined not to give up and the great thing was it didn't matter if I scaled or was the last person because it was about me and only me and what I can achieve. Not to mention it is addictive.
Dear Crossfit Auckland, I just want to say it's been years since I wrote a love letter, but I'll try not to embarrass myself too much :) When we met, I was a whopping 105 kgs, unable to run, jump, or do anything you wanted me to do. I had very little self-confidence and I loathed what I had become. Looking in the mirror was too painful. You see, I was once a confident and happy woman - 65kgs and at the prime of my life. Naturally, I thought I was going to be this happy forever. But … no. When life dealt me unpleasant cards, I didn't cope very well. I became depressed and unhappy, and turned to food for comfort. Junk food, fast food - and nothing in moderation (coz that's how I roll!) So slowly but surely, my descent into the unhealthy and very obese me eventuated. But all throughout my battles, there was this unfaltering belief that I can get out of this dark place. I *desperately* needed to get out. Then I met you.
I used to be your typical gym buff with a daily ritual of bench press and arm curls. Eating crap food and more worried about my big muscles than my true fitness. After a few years of seriously heavy weights, I did serious injury to my rotator cuff muscle and consequently had to have a major modified latajae procedure where they cut and move bone around in your shoulder and have to reattach your bicep - nasty and was not able to do fitness for 6 months. My CrossFit Auckland journey started when I came into the box one day met Alex and Lisa. I signed up for induction and insisted on getting personal training sessions as I was too scared to go into classes and had very limited range of movement in both shoulders.
When I first started I weighed about 83kgs, and I was really out of shape. I couldn’t even hang from the bar, and running 400m left me wheezing for days afterwards. But I was determined to keep it going. I didn’t realise I had this determination in me, nor did I think that joining CrossFit would be as much about an emotional journey as a physical one. The support I have received from my fellow QuickFitters and the coaches has been amazing. You guys seriously rock!! Your encouragement has motivated me to keep going. There is such a wonderful sense of community and support.
2 years ago I wanted a change in my life so I had a look around to see what was out there. I found a link to CrossFit and after watching a few videos; I began looking for one close to home. I wandered into CrossFit Auckland scared and nervous about what I was getting myself into, but I was greeted buy a smiling Alex and Lisa and they put me through Fight Gone Bodyweight, which was, at the time, the hardest workout I had ever done. At the end, I wrote my score of 364 on the board and marvelled at the scores others had put up. Nearly everyone getting over 100 reps more than me and a few almost doubling my score! I thought to myself then and there that this was something that would challenge me and that I would enjoy and signed up for the On Ramp (Induction) straight after the trial. Man was I sore the next day but I pushed through and turned up to class bright and early the next Monday to start my training.
For all the PT Ninjas out there........ I still remember sitting in the CrossFit Auckland kitchen with Coach Alex and him asking me - “Do you really want this? Are you willing to put in the work?” To tell you honestly, I was taken back for a minute and then when I had processed those questions I was defensive, scared, excited and then rather than argue with someone who could probably crush me with his little finger, I took a leap of faith and accepted whatever THIS was. So after a couple days of crapping myself in fear, I got a call to say I’ve been booked in with some Irish guy for my first PT session. Now you may ask why did I decide to go down the PT route? Well I had a bit of an accident that completely turned my life upside down, which meant I need specialized help. But that’s the great thing about CrossFit, it can be scaled to your specific needs. Yes, most definitely it can be intimidating at times, and I sometimes have the urge to run out of the box screaming and never come back because I think Coach Dave is crazy when he loads 110kg onto my barbell and tells me to lift it! But then someone walks past and offers a few words of support, and it’s like a shot of confidence just when you need it most. There is always a wall of support behind you even if you don't always notice it.
Since leaving the NZ Army and shifting to Auckland to become a Fire Fighter, I found that i needed to find something as mentally and physically challenging as the NZ Army and my job as a Fire fighter, CrossFit has well and truly meet all of this and more, with helping maintain my fitness level for everyday tasks that I may encounter.
CrossFit is my drug of choice. It is seriously addictive. After training at CrossFit Auckland for about 5 weeks, I noticed a huge change in my speed, strength, muscular endurance and body shape. Probably the biggest change I noticed was the change in my attitude.
I live for CrossFit. I have never been in so much pain, so exhausted and so frustrated. Yet never have I felt so exhilarated, so inspired, so rewarded. In the 6 weeks that I’ve been doing it, I’m fitter, stronger and slimmer than I’ve been in years!! I’m a CrossFit Addict!!
I’ve played competitive rugby for more years than I care to remember having played seasons in Australia, England and more recently, Spain. I’ve never been so motivated to train and challenge myself as I have since I started at CrossFit Auckland. Every workout that is programmed is given a lot of thought, is challenging for all levels of athletes but most of all is fun (well there aren’t too many smiles mid workout but the level of support from fellow crossfitters and coaches is great). The coaching standard is first class with all coaches having completed a myriad of courses.
I spent about 12 weeks with CrossFit Auckland working with Lisa and Alex prior to a move to Dunedin in the Deep South. For me joining up with CFAK was a life changing decision, it gave me the confidence to make and commit to a couple of decisions that had been a long time in the making. The coaching of Alex and Lisa is outstanding and they really care about each and every member of the CFAK community.
I am 55 years old and started CrossFit 5 weeks ago. I found the first week very scary but with the endless patience and boundless enthusiasm of Alex I am now doing things I wouldn’t have thought possible!! I want other people like me to know that I am no super fit athlete, just an ordinary middle aged mum – CrossFit does work for everyone no matter your age or stage in life.
I had been going to CrossFit Auckland for about two months when I became pregnant with my first child. I spoke to Lisa, who gave me some really good advice that I could continue CrossFit at my current capacity providing I had doctors clearance and was in good health. But I would need to ensure I didn’t overdo it, taking small breaks and listening to my body. So I decided to keep going and see what happened. What happened was a further three and a half months of excellent exercise. The coaches were really fantastic.
William began CrossFit in February 2010 as part of the CrossFit Auckland Teens programme. William has both dyslexia and dyspraxia and began the programme with poor core strength and week physical fitness. The changes have been dramatic. Academically, William has been able to focus better in class, organize himself and his items, and achieve mostly A’s in the first term report. Physically, William traditionally finishes last in the yearly cross country competition. This year, he was able to finish the race, without stopping, with another 15 students behind him.
Thought that you might like to know that thanks to my time and effort, and your tutoring with ‘CrossFit for Women’- I managed the 3 day Humpridge Track before Xmas – no problems at all. The Humpridge was interesting in that 1 of us cycled and walked for fitness, 1 of us walked and had recently done a couple of half marathons, and I had done CrossFit (no walking or marathons); I probably managed best of the 3 of us! The strength and endurance was just what was needed.
In February I made a decision to take on my brother in the Gold Coast half ironman in October 2010. My daughter suggested “CrossFit” as a way to toughen up and noted CrossFit Auckland was only 5 mins from my office at Albany. I went along to my first class and was pleased to see a mixture of ages and both males and females. I was surprised and a bit nervous to find that even the older ones were throwing weights around,doing chin ups,sit ups and even those horrible burpees. I knew I couldn’t even do one chin up!
As a serving Police officer, I can attest that the emphasis on constantly varied and functional movements makes CrossFit ideal for keeping job-fit. When I first turned up at CrossFit Auckland I thought I was reasonably fit. Two work-outs later and I knew that I was badly mistaken – and I was hooked.
The first obvious thing to me (apart from not being able to sit down easily on the toilet/chair…couch, for 2 days after a squat workout!) was the encouragement Lisa and Alex gave to the team – irrespective of ability. They take a holistic view of exercise and would constantly link it back to real life – e.g. practicing thrusters will help you get that heavy suitcase onto the top shelf of your wardrobe or carrying these weights in each hand will get you stronger for carrying shopping!
CrossFit isn’t just for “athletes”. Anybody who puts their mind to it can do it! I’m no super fit athlete, just a Mum of 2 who wants to stay fit, strong and healthy. I like their back to basics philosophy, no fancy gym equipment, I like the fact that they believe in the body should be trained as a whole, developing functional strength, promoting lean body mass and improving health.
At 40, I am the fittest I have ever been in my life. My inspiration and motivation comes from the desire to remain a fit and active farther and husband. CrossFit Auckland is not elitist, it’s a community of people just like me training for a variety of personal reasons. Unlike conventional gyms, you seldom do the same workout which is one of the things I love about CrossFit; you can literally train for months and never do the same workout twice.
I had been training at CrossFit Auckland for two years when I became pregnant, so naturally I was really keen to continue doing CrossFit for as long as I could into my pregnancy. I spoke to Alex and Lisa who were able to provide me with some really good advice and guidance around how I could continue CrossFit whilst keeping both my baby and myself safe. I continued to train until I was 28 weeks pregnant and all the coaches were great during this time – keeping a close eye on me and making sure I was taking regular breaks and not pushing myself too hard. I was able to adapt workouts or sub out any exercises that I couldn’t do as I got bigger, which meant I could still participate in all of the WOD’s with everyone else.