Crossfitters aim to be world’s fittest

Local gym members compete to see where they fit within the wide CrossFit world

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CrossFit Qualicum Beach hasn’t even been open for a year, but members are looking to make waves in the CrossFit Open, which kicked off at the end of February.

The CrossFit Open is the first step in trying to qualify for the CrossFit Games, which are held in California, to name the fittest man and woman in the world. CrossFit QB has 12 members participating and over the next five weeks, they will take part in challenges to see where they rank.

The open leads to the regionals, then to the CrossFit Games. Though none of the members are attempting to make the games, they’re excited to get their scores to see where they fit within the region.

“It’s pretty exciting to see with everyone,” owner Lucas Bugg said. “We get together every Thursday for the next five weeks and what they’ll do is give two exercises on a live show and that’s the challenge for the week. So we all get together and have our members complete the workout over the next few days to get their score submitted.”

CrossFit, which was developed by Greg Glassman over several decades, as a way to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way. With 10 skills used to measure fitness (cardio, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy), CrossFit is about working on each area.

“The nice thing about it is there isn’t a lot of machines in here,” Bugg said. “Being locked in to one particular range of motion makes it so that you lose all the things that are good about using your whole body for an exercise. Basically taking things that you can apply to everyday movements in life.”

With over 50 members signed on to CrossFit QB, the club is making great strides in their first year.

“Things have been going real well,” Bugg said. “Like any business, there’s that initial influx at the beginning but things are going well. We’ve been getting great feedback from our members and they’ve been letting their friends know about us too.”

There is a wide range of members at CrossFit QB, from five years old all the way up to 80, but it’s a great family and community atmosphere inside “the box” according to Bugg.

“It’s a great, positive vibe in here regardless of who’s in here,” Bugg said. “Whether it’s the young kids or the adults, everyone that’s here are supporting one another in their work that’s being put in.”

“When we’ve got someone that might be done quickly compared to the rest of the group, that’s the first person standing there and cheering everyone else on. It feels like a family thanks to the great people we’ve got in here and the people that they’ve shared their experiences with, who in turn have come in to check us out and see what we’re all about.”

For more information, you can contact CrossFit QB at 250-594-9990 or by e-mail at lucas@crossfitqualicumbeach.com.

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