A friend did Crossfit in South Africa and I have been interested in doing it for a few years. Unfortunately due to studying full time, working as ECE teacher, running my own Acrobatics & Contortion Studio and doing horse riding there was no time for Crossfit. When I moved to New Zealand, I was looking for something to do since I have always liked exercise. I have forgotten about Crossfit and joined the gym. I ended up with an 18month contract and didn’t go any longer than the first month….too boring for me! I randomly talked to my friend one day and she suggested I have a look at Crossfit in NZ. I went to a different box first to have a look. Honestly I did not like the way things was done and decided to give WOF Crossfit a go.
The coaches and members made me feel welcome straight away, the classes started on time and the workouts were challenging. Yay finally I found something more exciting than going to the gym! My first impressions haven’t changed, they just get confirmed every day. Coaches genuinely have a passion for training and respect members whether you are a beginner or advanced athlete. Everybody gets quality training and is equally important. Members don’t look down on others and support each other to get through the workouts.
Handstands! I use to do these all the time and it has always been one of my favourite challenges! I haven’t done them in years and I remember the one day when I saw somebody doing them at Crossfit! I was stoked that I now get the chance to practise it again! I felt a bit unsure at first about the idea of adults just randomly practising handstands and also that I might not be able to still do them. Luckily it took only a few attempts for the rustic Acrobatics brain to kick in even though there is still heaps of room for improvement.
My goals would be to do kipping/strict pull ups this year. Also to get stronger and better balance for more advanced one hand handstand skills. I feel lucky to be at WOF Crossfit where coaches have been excellent in giving support to scale movements and work around your abilities.
I have honestly never been to Crossfit and thought “I would hated that!” There are definitely exercises that’s not my favourite but I love not knowing what the workout is going to be. Just showing up, seeing the white board and thinking that’s impossible, but afterwards always thinking wow I survived that and have a feeling of achievement. I love that even when you finish last you have everybody cheering for you!
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