CrossFit Western Front owner and trainer Brandon Swan lifts Cheryl Pfeffer over his head.
CrossFit Western Front owner and trainer Brandon Swan lifts Cheryl Pfeffer over his head. Claudia Baxter

City raising the bar

IPSWICH is leading the CrossFit exercise craze, with a local team taking out the intermediate title at the national Immortals Challenge.

CrossFit Western Front registered two teams in this month's group competition and returned with a win, as well as a third place in the beginner category.

Owner and trainer Brandon Swan described CrossFit as a high-intensity exercise movement, which draws on a combination of different strength-building and cardio techniques.

"We specialise in not specialising, we have a real variety of exercises and focus on building strength across the whole body," Swan said.

Swan said he was overwhelmed at the success of both his teams.

"We didn't know what to expect in the challenges, so we just did as much training as we could and the preparation obviously paid off," Swan said.

"The intermediate team beat 45 other teams to win the title and the Tim Aplin Plate, which is named after a soldier who died in Afghanistan, and it's the first year it's been awarded, so that was pretty special.

"The beginner level team did really well too - they only had five members out of six able to compete, and they won the spirit of the games award.

"The competition is in its first year and it raised $10,000 for Legacy after costs."

The weekend was even sweeter for Swan when he was offered an individual sponsorship deal.

"I'm now sponsored by Paleo Snacks, they approached me just before the finals with the offer, which really got me motivated," Swan said.

Team member Cheryl Pfeffer said she was looking forward to the international CrossFit competition next year and said the team would be training hard for the February qualifiers.

CrossFit Western Front opened in July of this year and joins two other local franchises and about 120 across Australia.



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