Six CrossFit athletes out of Whitehorse’s CrossFit 867 went down to Lloydminster for the 2017 Battle on the Border CrossFit competition.
Cliff Schultz, CrossFit 867 and Peak Fitness owner, went down with five other athletes competing in teams of two in three separate divisions.
Schultz and his partner Mike Hartwig placed fourth overall in the scaled partners division out of 21 teams.
They were one of 10 teams to advance to the final competition, after two days of six events.
The final was a timed event consisting of three sets of overhead squats with three rope climbs between each set.
After one competitor was done they would tag out and the partner would complete the set with the times added together for the final score.
The team, known by Red 5 Standing By, finished third in the timed final and adding to their other event scores finished fourth overall – 12 points off the winner.
“It’s a lot of fun, you rely on each other,” Schultz said on competing with a partner instead of a strictly individual competition. “It takes away that nervousness as well too because now you’re standing with someone.”
In the women’s scaled partners competition, there were a staggering 57 teams in the event.
The CrossFit 867 team of France Cyr and Jelena Antonic – known as Velcro & Lace – finished in the top quarter in 14th spot.
The third team competed in the RX partners men’s division, which Schultz said is a little bit higher level in terms of technical movements including muscle-ups, handstand pushups and increased weight in some events.
The team of Brian Ng and Mark Dainton finished 21st overall out of 36 competitors.
This is the second year CrossFit 867 sent athletes to the annual competition, Schultz said, with an increase in one team after sending only four athletes last year.
Schultz said he noticed the core CrossFit group in Whitehorse is slowly growing as the sport continues to increase in popularity.
“It’s making a difference in peoples lives and it’s a very positive thing,” he said.
“CrossFit is based on community, it’s a family, everybody really helps each other.”