Category Archives: Boxes

Review: CrossFit HPU

I was confused.  CrossFit HPU was colocated in central Auckland with Les Mills, one of New Zealand’s largest commercial gym chains.  Was Les Mills suddenly offering CrossFit?  Would the classes be legitimate?  And why was the CrossFit HPU website so different and separate to that of Les Mills? Read the rest of this entry


Review: Rapid CrossFit

The first time I ever heard of Rapid CrossFit was when I saw a sleek, sign-written Rapid CrossFit vehicle cruising around the North Shore, nowhere near the actual location of the box.  It stuck in my mind as I hadn’t yet seen many sign-written CrossFit vehicles around, and I was excited by the expansion of the sport in New Zealand.  I then happened to be temping in a new office and found out that one of the guys did CrossFit and ate paleo.  I quickly sought him out and we were soon sharing stories on work outs, diets and expectations of the upcoming CrossFit Games Open work outs.  Coincidentally, he worked out at Rapid CrossFit and managed to convince me to join him for a 6am session. Read the rest of this entry

Review: CrossFit Birkenhead

I hadn’t expected much from CrossFit Birkenhead given it’s location in the southern North Shore suburb of Birkenhead.  But I should have known better than to pre-judge.  A sexy web page, a good name or a prime location certainly don’t guarantee good coaching or cool people.  CrossFit Birkenhead was a pleasant surprise.

I found CrossFit Birkenhead to be a friendly, homely gym, mostly free of attitudes and egos.  The athletes were keen for a chat, to help with equipment and gave support during the work outs.  I loved the diversity of the athletes there – young, older, fit and not-so-fit, and even one lady who was tall, slim, very fit, and who could whip out consecutive pull ups while boasting silver hair and the face of someone who was well over 55.  She was an inspiration and must be a great asset to the CrossFit Birkenhead community. This is a box where anyone could walk in the door and fit in.  In fact, I liked the vibe there so much that I managed to get back to the gym a few times.  Read the rest of this entry

Review: CrossFit New Market

CrossFit New Market is one of those cruisy, fun places, where they don’t seem to care about some of the details that would be very important to others, but they have a good time.

I’d been warmly invited to go and “throw down” a WOD at CrossFit New Market with a friend of a friend and found almost everyone else to be as friendly as her.  People said hi, came over for a chat, to comment on the work out that we were about to sweat through and owner Jason shook my hand when I walked in, although he didn’t stick around for the session.  I loved all the photos and drawings from his kids that he had stuck on his walls.  This added a friendly, family feel to the place.

Lauren, Ben and me at CrossFit New Market

Lauren, Ben and me at CrossFit New Market

Ben, the young coach that was on for our session, was very enthusiastic, fun and knowledgeable.  He came across well and gave some great tips before the strength and WOD portions of the session.   Read the rest of this entry

Review: CrossFit Quattro

CrossFit Quattro is a box of surprises.  Surprise #1:  owner Dave was the youngest box owner I’d seen so far.  I put him in his late 20’s, although CrossFit and working in a gym (as opposed to a stuffy office) might be doing his skin some favours!  He says he’s been working in the fitness industry for 12 years and is honest about being a FFB (Former Fat Boy).  A good way to keep himself real and approachable.  He pulls his age off, coming across as knowledgeable, organised and friendly.  He even welcomed me to the box when the message about me dropping in appeared to have not gotten through.

Surprise #2:   Read the rest of this entry

Review: CrossFit New Zealand

Wowza.  New Zealand’s first box to open back in 2008, CrossFit New Zealand is big, strong and still expanding.  With a high caliber of coaches and athletes, as well as an awesome space, it’s no wonder the success of CrossFit New Zealand has been so large they’ve opened a sister box in West Auckland.

CrossFit New Zealand

CrossFit New Zealand

I had an easy introduction as a drop in to CrossFit New Zealand – a buddy who goes there organised my session, met me at the door and introduced me to his mates.  I’m a big girl but it’s nice to have your hand held sometimes.  But I had no reason to be nervous anyway – the athletes at CrossFit New Zealand are not only impressively ripped but they’re quite friendly too.  I even got big smiles from Coach Joe, who recognised me from the CrossFit Level 1 course I’d attended there a few months back. Read the rest of this entry

Review: CrossFit Infinite

The best thing CrossFit Infinite has going for it is its great location on Barry’s Point Rd in Takapuna, Auckland.  With easy access to the motorways and in the heart of the North Shore, this spot is hard to beat.  But a box location does not make.

Have you ever heard that the tidiness of your bedroom reflects how organised you are as a person?  I’m sure the same goes for the state of a box – messy, dusty, things lying around the place, few personal touches?  This certainly doesn’t reflect the space of an organised person, let alone one that has been cared for with pride.  This is how I saw CrossFit Infinite.  But I also hate leaving the dishes on the bench until the next day.  Each to their own. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Cameron CrossFit

Birkenhead, Auckland

The Box

You’d struggle to find a CrossFit gym cheaper than Cameron CrossFit.  At $26.50 per week, including access to 75 general fitness classes and training sessions like boxing, stretching and “Sunday Super Circuits”, this seems to be a pretty good deal.  And with professional boxer Shane Cameron as an owner and a very visible presence around the place, you might very well wonder why it’s so cheap.  So what do you really get?

Getting weight overhead during a CrossFit Games Open WOD

Getting weight overhead during a CrossFit Games Open WOD

Attending Cameron CrossFit was an interesting experience for me as I managed to get there once a week for over a month, making it one of the only boxes other than MaD CrossFit that I have attended regularly.  My first session happened to be the day before registrations for the CrossFit Games Open competition were to close.  I was welcomed to the box with a lot of enthusiasm, was introduced to the class, encouraged by name throughout the work out and was soon being convinced to enter the Open.  I felt all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Review: Functional Strength CrossFit

Rosedale, Auckland

The Box

Functional Strength CrossFit is a place for people serious about their training.  The facilities are awesome, the location prime and, with former Olympian Richie Patterson for an owner, it’s unsurprising that the coaching standards are high.

When I visited, Functional Strength CrossFit had only just moved into their awesome new Rosedale premises from the Millennium Center.  The move was well worth the wait.  With a massive space split into weightlifting and CrossFit areas, there’s heaps of room for everyone to get a good session in. Read the rest of this entry

Review: CrossFit Manukau

The Box

I spent more than three hours at CrossFit Manukau working out, hanging out, lifting, running, sweating, chilling.  The vibe at this box in South Auckland was so cruisy and welcoming, the only reason I haven’t made it back yet is it’s so far away from where I live (well, I’m in Poland right now, it really is “rather” far away).

The girls at CrossFit Manukau

The girls at CrossFit Manukau

I struggled to find CrossFit Manukau, set in an industrial area past Rainbow’s End, but knew I was close when I saw a bunch of big guys running (trudging? dying?) down the street.  Turned out the boys were from the rugby team of a local high school doing pre-season training.  I stuck my head in the door of the large box and was immediately greeted by Coach Sam.

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