Low Wood Bay Fitness Instructor, Mel, is hardcore – at least that’s what her colleagues and members of The Health Club at Low Wood Bay have come to realise. She knows no fear and no bounds when it comes to pushing herself to top physical fitness. It has certainly paid off, with a win at Setpember’s Crossfit Bessemer Games 2018 at No Ego. She tells us a little about Crossfit and the 4 event competition.
It’s a fitness programme combining a series of timed functional high intensity movements, testing the participants’ strength and cardiovascular fitness. Crossfit is a programme used by many professional athletes throughout the world, as well as the military, police, and champion martial artists.
This was a mixed pair (male/female) competition. The categories were designated by the combined age of both members of the team, with 4 age ranges. We were in the 40 – 55 category. The day ran from 9 am – 5 pm and consisted of 3 main events, called Workouts, and then one final for each category. The scores from each event were added together and the top two from each category made it to the final.
A crossfit triplet: 3 movements. The aim of this was to score as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes – 6 dumbbell snatches (22.5kg male, 15kg female), 6 box jumps, 6 toes to bar. Only one person could complete the movement at once and the full round had to be completed before moving onto the next person.
Part A was to establish a maximum load for a barbell complex of Power Clean, Hang Power Clean, and Shoulder to Overhead. This had to be completed in 5 minutes. The barbell could not touch the ground until the complex was complete or this would not count as a rep.
Part B was followed exactly 2 minutes after the first part was finished. The pairs had 2 minutes to complete as many pull ups as they could in the allotted time.
Complete a couplet as fast as possible. The couplet in this case was the workout ‘17.5’ – 10 rounds for time of 9 thrusters (50kg male, 35kg female) and 35 double unders.
This was the final: 3 rounds for time of 60 Calorie Row, 30 Deadlifts (male 110kg, female 70kg), and 10 Ab Mat Sit-ups.
It was a tough competition, but we finished first place, just 0:11 seconds ahead of our competitors! The next competition I have lined up is in Manchester at the Rainhill Trials in November, I will be taking part in this one as an individual.
Mel is happy to tell you more about Crossfit and the competition circuit. At The Health Club at Low Wood Bay we have several classes that are great preparation, such as HIT, FBX, Kettlebells, Circuits and many more. Call in for a chat, or telephone the Club on 015394 39344.