State's toughest pumped for "Battle in the Swich"

BRING IT ON: Jax Solofa (front) and siblings Rochelle and Andrew McCarroll are part of CrossFit in Ipswich. CrossFit gyms across Queensland are set to take part in the extreme fitness competition “Battle in the Switch” over this weekend.
BRING IT ON: Jax Solofa (front) and siblings Rochelle and Andrew McCarroll are part of CrossFit in Ipswich. CrossFit gyms across Queensland are set to take part in the extreme fitness competition “Battle in the Switch” over this weekend. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH residents are about to learn the true meaning of the expression "you're not fit until you're CrossFit."

Hundreds of athletes from across Queensland will descend upon the city this weekend to compete in a series of extreme physical challenges.

The event is called "Battle in the Swich" and it is set to push even the most dedicated of fitness fanatics to the limit.

Hosted by CrossFit Ipswich (CFI) in partnership with Alpha Fit, the annual CrossFit competition began in 2010 with 60 contenders.

This year, more than 350 competitors, some travelling from as far as Townsville, have registered.

CFI co-owner Shaune Irving said in the world of CrossFit, one is considered "fit" if he or she is able to excel in many different modes and levels of physical activity.

The 30-year-old said the idea behind CrossFit was to encourage people to train for the unknown.

"For this contest, the athletes don't know what the workout challenges are until the day of competition," he said.

"Entrants just have to make sure they are prepared for anything...they will be tested in all realms of fitness.

"The person with the highest work capacity based on the results across the two days is the winner."

Aside from the competition Mr Irving said the day was also about bringing a group of like-minded people together.

He said the event provided an opportunity to boost tourism in Ipswich and promote healthy living within the community.

On the final day of competition, Mr Irving said CrossFit Ipswich, in conjunction with Australian Hero Games would launch a Hero Work Out Day (WOD).

The Hero WOD competition sees entrants register to raise money to support the welfare of families of Australian servicemen and women.

Mr Irving said the fitness community in Ipswich would be supporting the family of Corporal Cameron Baird, who lost his life in Afghanistan on June 22.

The event will be held at the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre, for more information visit battleintheswitch.com.au.



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