Outside interest: Crossfit

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 31 Aug 2016

Emily TempleWhen she's not working as an associate planner in the Bracknell office of Pegasus, Emily Temple practices crossfit training. 

How did you get into crossfit?

Last March on holiday in Florida there was a crossfit guy where we were staying, so I decided to give it a go. I loved it. When we got home, I cashed in the gym membership and signed up to a crossfit box – we don't call them gyms.

What does it involve?

I go to the box four times a week. Workouts involve a mixture of gymnastics, weightlifting, push- and pull-ups, handstands and running. Intensity is essential: the more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort.

Why do you do it?

Apart from the health and fitness benefits – I'm fitter and stronger now than I've ever been - I do Crossfit for the satisfaction of learning new skills; I had never picked up a weightlifter's barbell before I started Crossfit. 

What’s the toughest thing about it?

Crossfit is very self-motivating and about mind over matter, so being able to push yourself on to another new level of fitness when you are tired can be tough.

What’s the most rewarding thing about it?

Achieving targets you have set yourself is great, be in the next lift of a heavier weight or an even faster time on a workout.

Are there any similarities between your day job and outside interest?

There are similarities in terms of progressing your skills and technique, but the biggest similarity is teamwork – in the box there are partner workouts and team competitions. So for both planning and crossfit you are working with groups to build on strengths and improve weaknesses with yourself and the team. 

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