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Flex appeal – Age no barrier to CrossFit glory

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Cockle Bay resident Amy Myring is on top of the world after claiming gold at the NZ CrossFit nationals competition held at the Avantidome in Cambridge.

The 48 year old, who trains out of CrossFit Raw Strength in Howick, competed recently in the Women’s Masters 40-50 Year old division after pre-qualifying as one of the nation’s top eight athletes in that age bracket.

Held over two days from July 20, 21, the grueling competition format encompassed CrossFit workouts ranging from a 400 metre swim to a one-rep maximum Olympic Snatch Lift.

After winning the title in 2017, this latest win has put Amy on cloud nine and adds the latest triumph “seems sweeter because I am older.”.

Snatch me if you can – Cockle Bay local Amy Myring takes centre stage on the podium during the CrossFit Nationals. Photo CrossFit Raw Strength

Amy got into the sport nearly six years ago when CrossFit Raw Strength opened in the Les Mills building in Meadowlands. Becoming a champion requires the obligatory hard work and dedication. She trains six days a week, for between one-to-two hours in each session dependant on what competition she is preparing for.

There is a massive amount of varied preparation for CrossFit, as Amy says “you need to be competent in many areas of strength and fitness, as we do a variety of gymnastic movements, running, swimming, rowing and weight lifting”.

Next up for the golden girl is the Two2Tango Competition in Auckland on the 28th-29th of September where she will compete with a partner, and following that will again try to make the cut for the CrossFit Games. Held in the United States, the event is the pinnacle of the sport with parallels drawn with the Olympics. Qualifying is this coming October and currently, Amy sits 26th in the world after the most recent qualifying round, with the top 10 going to the big dance.

A tough, but not impossible task there is no chance of Amy is shying away from the challenge, as she puts it “CrossFit is the hardest but most rewarding sport I have ever done”.

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