Big show: Abbey Smith, 14, is the youngest of about 150,000 competitors taking part in a world-wide fitness challenge. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeGLEN Alpine teenager Abbey Smith had a birthday to remember this year when she entered the CrossFit Games Open as the youngest competitor in a worldwide field of about 150,000.
CrossFit involves weightlifting and powerlifting (bench, squat and dead lift) gymnastics, calisthenics (body weight strength exercises) and cardiovascular conditioning (running, rowing, skipping, riding).
An Elderslie High School student, Abbey turned 14 years old on March 10 which was the cut-off date for this year’s event.
“It was the best present ever. I couldn’t believe my luck,” Abbey said.
“It was awesome. I thought I’d be too young to register.
“Competing in this year’s open will be a great experience for me and I’ll be using my results to determine the course of my training for the next 12 months and track my progress in future competitions.”
The games’ first stage is the open, a worldwide, five-week competition with the top athletes in each of the 17 regions throughout the world qualifying for the second stage of the competition, the regionals, a three-day competition.
The games are described as the world’s premier test to find the fittest person on earth.
The season ends with the CrossFit Games when thousands of entries are whittled down to about 100 of the fittest men and women in the world. Under the competition guidelines Abbey, who trains under the guidance of head coach Mick Geale at the centre at Ingleburn, has to complete “a workout of the day, weekly over five weeks”.
“The workout is released every Thursday at 11am and I have until Monday to submit my judged score online,” she said.
“The workouts are hard and you never know what it will be so you have to be ready for anything.
“The workout is the same for everyone and is scaleable, so everyone can perform a variation of it — which is really cool because some days you can have a first grade footballer working out alongside somebody as young as myself or mums completely new to CrossFit. “When I’m old enough I hope to coach others.”
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