Crossfit across the Ditch

by regandholly

Last week was spent abroad, over in New Zealand visiting Sir’s family. It was a lovely relaxed time in which we were able to just hang out. No need to rush or anything.

We had decided in advance that we would take Sir’s sister (J) & Bro in law (B) to Crossfit. I had done a little research to see where was close, but it was by chance that we found Reebok Crossfit 09. One day J had commented on their photo on facebook saying she drives past their sign and had been meaning to check it out. I piped in and told her we would all go together when we were there. Their box owner/manager/coach (?) Darren was super helpful and more than happy to accomodate us while we attempted to convert the family to Crossfit.

We had scheduled to get there the night we arrived – Monday the 10th June. Unfortunately (or not so since we still had a great day with my sister), our plane was delayed for approximately 5 hours and we got in at 10pm i/o 5pm, thus missing the class. Darren was more than happy to have us join them on the Tuesday instead.

Note: None of the comparisons I make between our box and another is to say one is better than the other. As you delve deeper into Crossfit you realise its less about the looks and more about the experience and friends you make.

We rocked up about 15 minutes before the session started and there were a few people in the box around the corner rolling etc. No one talked to us for a good 10 minutes I think, before I walked up to a guy to see if he was who I should be looking for. Then the coach for the evening came down stairs and showed us around. She was super friendlu and introduced us at the start of the class.

Just a side note – I never want people to feel awkward as they stand around waiting for their first class to start – suck it up and be friendly people!

If you are a crossfitter – you are responsible for making people feel welcome at your box – no excuses!

The Fitout. It’s pretty, its new.. the comparison I draw from is obviously our box which feels a bit more like a garage gym, its rough around the edges, there’s chalk on the floor, but tell you what, I think that’s part of what I love about it. Reebok Crossfit 09 is slick and clean and fresh and new. It’s a baby, only been open since March this year, so it’s expected.

Reebok09

The Coaching. The week we checked out 09 was their testing week, so it happened to be just a little chaotic. It was Tuesday, there was a daily WOD, but there was also the option for people to do the testing from Monday or Wednesday. So there were 3 groups of people doing 3 different sets of work. We all warmed up together and did Snatch skill work together before we split into our respective WOD groups. I listened as the coach talked with B & J about the snatch and the clean and the process of learning it. I was disappointed to not hear some of the often cues that we hear, like “break at the knee”, “break at the hips” “take your shirt off with the bar” etc because these are basic ways of breaking down the movements so they are easy to understand, but I guess each coach has their own ways ot explaining. Sir said the take your shirt off thing to J at one point which helped understand the bar needs to stay close. But overall the coaching was good, the moments where I was given coaching she was on the money with what I needed to do and I was able to execute what she asked, but then I do also know the lingo and the movements required for those lifts.

The Programming. I obviously don’t know how they determine their program in general, but it was cool to talk to the coach about their testing that they conduct each quater. Basically its a list of skills under the headings of Gymnastics & Bodyweight, Weightlifting and Conditioning. Then there are 10 levels to work through broken up into Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Firebreather, Ninja and Mutant. Where at each level the reps, or weight or skill becomes more difficult. I have determined (not yet tested though) that I would fall into the level 3-4 range so on the fence of Beginner/Intermediate. I think it’s a great measure and I might start using it for myself in order to become a well rounded crossfitter, and not just good in one area or skill (ie, you know now I would rather lift than run!)

The WOD. It was challenging as WOD’s are.

Paused Snatch grip Dead + Hang Power Shrug + Hang Power Snatch + OHS
EM for 10mins

THEN:

10 Min AMRAP
5 Power Cleans 60/35kg
7 Burpee Box Jumps 60/50cm
Run 100m

I used 27.5kg for my cleans and was just shy of finishing my 5th round. So not amazing, but it was a good workout. Everyone was much more talkative to us once we finished working.. like we had proved ourselves (not in a bad way).

The Verdict. We had a great time, it was fun to workout with new people and shiney new equipment. As for the conversion of B & J. They both thoroughly enjoyed it and found it challenging. However, I think they still need some time to do some research into why its a preferred method of training. I personally, think they would thrive in the environment of a crossfit gym both physically and relationally.

If you are ever in Auckland and looking to workout at a Crossfit Box, head to St Luke and check out Reebok 09, you won’t be disappointed.

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