Mat Loughney

What are you wanting to achieve through CrossFit?

The first goal that I set was to lose weight and I’ve achieved that goal that I wanted to do. So, the goals that I’ve moved onto now are just sort of improving technique and getting as strong as I can really.

What were your first experiences at CrossFit like?

It was really good, it was quite intimidating at first walking into the big room here. But the first WOD that I did was a partner WOD, so sort of to have someone to help you along the first time you do it it was quite cool. We were outside doing some tyre flips, it was something different rather than just going to the gym and lifting weights. It was actually quite good and I walked away real happy with the experience.

How did you find the coaches and other members when you first joined?

Yeah really good, really welcoming. Coming into this environment can seem quite daunting at first you come in and the music’s blasting, but straight away people are asking you if you’re okay and what your name is and introducing themselves. The coaches, they help you along really well. They break things down which, for a movement that looks complicated at first, when they break it down it becomes easy to understand so they’re really helpful.

What is it specifically about CrossFit that you like?

It’s just different. I find that the gyms I used to go to before was just you go in and you do your bench and your deadlifts it’s just- it’s boring, and it’s repetitive. But CrossFit is it’s always different is very rarely the same workout that we do. And being able to do in a team environment, I find that really helpful cause I play rugby, I enjoy working with people and doing WODs together, everyone’s encouraging eachother, so that’s what I really enjoy about it.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?

Yeah just do it, just turn up. I found the hardest part is getting here, once you’re here everyone’s here to help you along. Just don’t think about it, just do it, just turn up, get in contact and come on down and everyone will make you feel really welcome.

 

Member Spotlight Monday – Mat Interview

Member Spotlight Monday – Mat Interview"I find that with the gyms I used to go to before it was just you go in and you do your bench and your deadlifts it's just- it's boring and it's repetitive, but CrossFit is always different, is very rarely the same workout that we do."

Posted by Crossfit Uncut on Sunday, 1 October 2017

Harrison Hall

What are you wanting to achieve through CrossFit?
I’m currently striving towards getting my personal bests up with like deadlifts and stuff and keeping a good cardio balance. I’m currently trying to move towards the army, so I’m trying to keep fit constantly, so I’m here pretty much everyday to keep my cardio and strength pieces up.

What were your first experiences at CrossFit like?
My first experience at CrossFit was daunting, but once you come past your first session it’s pretty awesome. All the members are great and all the workouts are pretty fun.

How did you find the coaches and other members when you first joined?
Jeff, Lesley, Dalton, Becks have been absolutely awesome since I’ve started and all the members as well. They come around and tweak something that you’ve messed up on and that helps a lot having that experience of them coming around. And the members are awesome as well, they’re really welcoming.

What is it specifically about CrossFit that you like?
I like the cardio and the more intense workouts instead of going to a normal conventional gym and just standing there going like that (curls) and stuff. I just like it, the buzz you get from coming and you don’t know what you’re doing everyday that’s the main thing I like doing.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
Yeah, I’d say just do it I was in the same boat, I was on the fence when I first joined I was like should I do it? But then I did it and it’s been- it’s really changed my life.

Member Spotlight Monday – Harrison Interview

Member Spotlight Monday – Harrison Interview"I'm currently trying to go towards the army, I'm trying to keep fit constantly so I'm here pretty much everyday"

Posted by Crossfit Uncut on Sunday, 10 September 2017

Caoimhe Finn

What are you wanting to achieve through CrossFit?
I think the thing about CrossFit is there are so many different goals that you can achieve. When I first came in my goal was just to get fit, but as I got fitter I realised there was different goals, such as getting unbanded pull ups, or being able to run 800 meters without being blown out. And I achieved a goal there a few weeks ago of banded muscle ups which I never thought in a million years I would be able to do. So I think there’s different goals coming each week with the fitter that you get.

What were your first experiences of CrossFit like?
So, my first experience of CrossFit was 100 burpees for time which nearly killed me, but I love that kind of adrenaline, cardio, just keep moving, kind of exercise so it got me hooked straight away, even though it sounds horrible. Just the community, and feeling that you get coming into the gym. Everyone is just so friendly and welcoming. And we were doing runs on that first day and people were just saying well done as you were running by which really just is so nice.

How did you find the coaches and other members when you first joined?
The coaches and members are just fantastic you know. Jeff was our first coach along with Becks and they were so helpful and they just gave you extra time coming in when there was new movements that you didn’t know. And the members are all so friendly, they always will say hello to you and get you included in the stretches or chats and it’s just so welcoming.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
I would say join, definitely. There’s something for everyone in CrossFit, like I said with you know achieving your own different goals or meeting new people that was the main reason we joined. I moved over to New Zealand with my partner William we joined mainly to meet new people and that’s what we did and some of our best friends are here in the gym. So I would definitely say join!

Member Spotlight Monday – Caoimhe Interview

Member Spotlight Monday – Caoimhe Interview "There are so many different goals that you can achieve, when I first came in my goal was just to get fit but as I got fitter I realised there were different goals"

Posted by Crossfit Uncut on Sunday, 3 September 2017

Craig Smart

Why did you join CrossFit Uncut?
A massive improvement of general fitness and strength, I’ve come from doing endurance sport. My future goals are to be able to do that again and to be able to do that I need to remain strong so that’s why I’ve taken up CrossFit.

What were your first experiences at CrossFit Uncut like?
Very inviting, it’s a unique environment. It’s a group fitness with an individual focus and I think that’s unique in itself, because it’s a lot of goals that you can set personally, but it’s that group aspect there that actually gets you through it sometimes. You might get to the end of your tether, and you think you just can’t do that extra rep or those extra two reps, and that’s what that group does. They all get around you and they all support you and it’s very positive.

How did you find the coaches and other members when you first joined?
Coaching, I’d have to say the knowledge is extraordinary. You come with a problem and it’s an instant answer which is unique. They can identify issues that you didn’t even realise you’ve got. And the other members are very, very supportive and if they see- or they think that you’re maybe doing something wrong that could be detrimental, they’ll let you know and suggest you go talk to a coach.

What is it specifically about CrossFit that you like?
That you can have an individual goal and it’s attainable. So whatever the exercise might be, you can tackle it in stages. So, whether you’re a perfectionist in a particular exercise and then really poor at another, each segment or each style of movement can be broken down so it is safe and you’re not going to get hurt, and the goals are measurable and you just keep striving to improve.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
I would suggest to honestly just come along and do it. The CrossFit mantra, so to speak, is that it’s so different everyday, it’s never the same routine, it’s never the same exercise, it’s never the same process, so you are always challenged. It’s always varied and it takes away that boredom factor and with the group environment it’s nothing but encouraging. It’s a challenge but the rewards are immense.

Member Spotlight Monday – Craig Interview‘’It’s never the same routine, it’s never the same exercises, it’s never the same process, so you're always challenged.’’

Posted by Crossfit Uncut on Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sheree Calder

Why did you join CrossFit Uncut?
Having a husband who works away during the week, it was really important to me to be able to come in and train during school hours. So, it’s really awesome that there are a whole range of classes that I can come in all week long that suit my needs. I had a goal last year to try and fix some back problems so I joined a big gym here in Dunedin and worked with a personal trainer. He left and suggested that I come and try CrossFit, so I came down and I’ve been working on my upper body strength and core strength ever since.

What were your first experiences at CrossFit like?
I was really nervous, more nervous that I am right now (laughs). I had just been used to working one on one with a personal trainer and in a big gym where no one notices you, no one cares what you doing. So to walk into a group setting was pretty terrifying, but I just really felt like I was gonna struggle to keep up with all the athletes in here and I was just going to be left at the back to my own devises, but my nerves were pretty quickly calmed. Everyone was really friendly and helped me find equipment and get sorted and the coaches just really took me under their wing.

What are you wanting to achieve through CrossFit?
Yeah I don’t have a big goal here, I just feel like each day that I walk in I’m trying to work towards really small milestones. Before I came here I couldn’t even do one pull up, now I can string ten or eleven together. I just have really small goals like unassisted handstand push-ups, and muscle ups which are things I just never have considered ever being able to do in my life.

What do you think of the coaches and other members?
They are just a really awesome bunch of people, they love having a laugh and a bit of a joke around. They’re really supportive, really encouraging. They don’t really care what you’re lifting, or how fast you’re doing the workout, they’re just always cheering you on, they’ve always got your back. The coaches are really passionate, they get really excited when you hit a PB (personal best) or tick off a milestone.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
As a former CrossFit skeptic, I’d say don’t knock it till you try it. Don’t listen to anything that you might hear about it, and make up your own opinion by coming in. I just heard lots of rubbish being spoken about CrossFit and I listened to it, but I’m happily eating my words now. It’s definitely nothing like what I had heard, it’s the complete opposite, I love it.

Member Spotlight Monday – Sheree Interview‘‘As a former CrossFit sceptic, I’d say don’t knock it till you try it. Don’t listen to anything you might hear about it, make up your own opinion by coming in.’’

Posted by Crossfit Uncut on Sunday, 20 August 2017

Brent Hill

What goals are you striving to achieve with CrossFit?
I hadn’t been doing anything for about 10 years, so felt like I needed to do a bit of exercise and seen a few photos, didn’t like the way I looked so, wanted to get back in and get my fitness up. Especially with a couple of kids, I wanted to be able to run around without losing my breath and being able to keep up with them.

What were your first experiences of CrossFit like?
My first experience at CrossFit was a bit daunting. When I first came along I didn’t know what to think. In a group setting, I had done nothing like that before, it was completely out of my league. Basically I just did my thing and thought I was going to be way out of my depth but the coaches here are friendly and everyone else here, the other athletes that come here, are all friendly. And they all made me feel really comfortable. Basically, they just scaled things to my ability. Where I thought I would have to start off doing what everyone else was doing, they just programmed different techniques, or completely different movements but in a similar fashion, just so i could get a workout done.

What is it specifically about CrossFit that you like?
I just love the atmosphere, I love the community feel, especially at this gym here. Everyone is just friendly and it’s a great vibe to come along and just work out. Even days where you don’t even feel like working out, you just turn up and once you’re here and you’ve got your gear on and you just jump into the class just everyone else and the buzz and the vibe you get off everyone else, just feeding off each other, you just end up tending to, even if your not 100% even if you just go 50% at it, you still end up walking away with a big smile on your face and just loving the fact that you’ve been here and you’ve done a good workout at the end of the day.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
Just give it a go. Come on in, try it out. I know it’s going to be daunting the first time you do it, but once you’re here you get over that sort of hurdle.

Member Spotlight Monday – Brent Interview

Member Spotlight Monday – Brent Interview‘I first joined because, I wanted to be able to run around with my kids and keep up with them’

Posted by Crossfit Uncut on Sunday, 30 July 2017

Anne O’Gorman

What are you striving to achieve with CrossFit?
I did group fitness for quite a while and I wanted to just increase my strength. I wanted to better the movements I was doing. I really wanted to come to try and learn to do pull ups and I have achieved that goal, and along with it I’ve made a lot of strength and I’m the fittest I’ve ever been in my whole 46 years.

What were your first experiences at CrossFit like?
Coming to class was a little bit daunting, I started off with a women’s class and I used to watch the CrossFit class going and I actually couldn’t wait to get in there. So I didn’t last in the women’s very long, which was a great class at the time but yeah it was just a great experience.

How did you find the coaches and other members when you first joined?
They treat you like athletes from day one which is quite good. They were just friendly and encouraging and they show you a really good technique, and they help you a lot with injuries as well.

What is it specifically about CrossFit that you like?
It encompasses all sports, the strength training, the gymnastics, what it does to you, what it involves with your body, and it’s a really good methodology to get fit and stay fit. I have a very physically and mentally demanding job and CrossFit is my big stress relief for me and keeps us focused.

Is there any advice that you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
Just come along, you’ll love it. Just do it! I wish I did it a lot earlier, I wish they’d had it in schools when we were kids

Aimee Jones

What are you wanting to achieve through CrossFit?
I have no specific sporting goals at the moment but a huge priority to me is to live a happy and healthy lifestyle, and CrossFit definitely allows me to do that.

What were your first experiences at CrossFit Uncut like?
It was exciting and it was quite cool to see girls throwing around like 100kgs and that’s something that I thought I’d never be able to do and it’s definitely a very inclusive feel from the first time here and fun from the start as well

How did you find the coaches and other members when you first joined CrossFit Uncut?
The coaches are awesome and work around any injuries that you’ve got and the members are just incredible and some of my best friends that I have now are members from this gym.

What is it specifically about CrossFit that you like?
I enjoy that there’s lots of different movements with CrossFit, and lots of different things that you can get good at, like gymnastics, and strength training, and cardio which I’m not very good at (laughs). But I’ve tried lots of different other sports and this is definitely the most fit I’ve ever been, and the most well-rounded athlete I’ve ever been.

What keeps you coming back?
I know I’m gonna have fun every single night, and just know that I can be silly and dance and talk to my friends and it’s just really lighthearted but I still get a really good workout.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
Definitely just come and try it because everyone thinks they’re not fit enough, or not strong enough to do it, but you 100% are, and within a few weeks you’ll notice yourself getting fitter and stronger and you’ll just feel amazing.

Shea Evans

Check out what Shea had to say about training at CrossFit Uncut for 4years.

What are you striving to achieve with CrossFit Uncut?
I’m trying to get a wee bit fitter. I did have a few goals to compete in powerlifting but I hurt my back so I’m trying to focus on the fitness side of things.

What were your first experiences of CrossFit like?
My first experiences were in the days of GPP for those who remember that. It was all go go go. There were no weights involved really it was all just body weight stuff.

How do you find the coaches and other members?
The coaches are great. Jeff, Becks, Lesley and Dalton are all great. They work around all fitness levels and injuries so you’re still able to get a good workout regardless. And all the members here are great, they’re all encouraging and some of them are friends for life.

What is it specifically about CrossFit Uncut that you like?
The space. I’ve been to a few CrossFit gyms up north and they’re all quite pokey and the amount of gear we’ve got here, it’s a tremendous amount of gear so yeah, that’s good.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
Give it a go. I think if you come and give it a go it’s not as scary as it looks on TV. It’s like every average Joe is here, and everyone is encouraging so get off the fence and come and give it a go!

Member Spotlight Monday – Shea Interview

Member Spotlight Monday – Shea Interview"I like the space in the gym, I've been to a few CrossFit gyms ups north and they're all quite pokey, and also the amount of gear we've got here."

Posted by Crossfit Uncut on Sunday, 17 September 2017

2016 Secondary School Weightlifting Championships – Southern Section

On Saturday 3rd September, Uncut weightlifting and CrossFit Uncut were more than happy to host and run the 2016 Secondary schools weightlifting championships – Southen section.

It was a fantastic day with very talented up in coming High school weightlifters. We also got to break in our new 4 by 4m competition Olympic lifting plate-form. This will come in handy for future events at CFU

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