ALREADY a global juggernaut redefining the fitness game, CrossFit is now rapidly making waves in the central west.
With 5,500 affiliated gyms and more than 35,000 accredited CrossFit level one trainers worldwide, Orange’s Homefront CrossFit Box is getting in on the act, with 100 athletes now taking part in the “sport of fitness.”
With CrossFit games crowning the fittest man and woman on earth each year, Homefront’s Angus Baldwin believes the potential for the sport in both Orange and the central west is endless.
“It’s huge,” Baldwin said.
“In the last 12 months Bathurst, Lithgow, Dubbo and Orange have opened up. We had our first throw down in early August here, which was fantastic.”
Throw downs are essentially smaller version of CrossFit Games, a sport that had over 130,000 athletes involved in competition televised live across the world on ESPN.
Baldwin, however, refuses to use the term ‘games’ out of respect for the sport’s elite.
“It’d be like calling little athletics the olympics,” he said.
“Basically (throw downs are) local competitions. There’s one every weekend up the coast. It’s growing and growing.”
Growing, obviously, but what exactly is CrossFit?
In its essence CrossFit aims to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness.
It defines fitness as increasing an athlete’s work capacity across broad time and modal domains by means of nutrition, metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting and throwing and, finally, sport.
“Basically, it’s based on fitness,” Baldwin said.
“It’s the sport of fitness, we’ve no association with Fitness Australia or any other gyms, CrossFit is governed by CrossFit HQ in America,”
“But the best thing about CrossFit is the community side of it. It’s the bonding, the camaraderie after doing all of these work outs together, the banter, the sledging, having good fun. It’s just like joining any sporting club.
“And that’s what keeps people coming back.”
Running in Orange for close to 19 months - affiliated with CrossFit since September, 2012 - Homefront CrossFit has grown to the point each day 50 athletes come to train.
There’s a free intro session every weekend, starting at 11am on Saturdays, for budding athletes.
To get started, register at www.homefrontcrossfit.com.
Baldwin said Homefront’s aim was to encourage athletes to better themselves.
“It’s about respect and trying to get you to do better than you’re currently doing. It’s about growing; that’s the best thing,” he said.