Member’s Blog

Thanks to Bryan Hunter for sharing his experience with us. This is our first member blog!

I’ve decided to put finger to keyboard and write about my experience (so far) at Crossfit Waitakere.

I joined up at the end of last year when the box was being set up in Bruce McLaren Rd, just opposite my work.

I didn’t know anything about Crossfit, but even though my job could be physically demanding, I knew I was seriously unfit and the result of stuffing my face full of unhealthy rubbish had packed the weight on.

Just before my first “Elements” class I decided to Google “What is Crossfit”………After watching the video, I was thinking.. ”Huh?…What?….you’ve got to be kidding me….”

Still, at 5.45 the next morning I turned up and started.

In my natural state, I’m clumsy and uncoordinated and I struggled with the movements. They possibly thought I’d turned up drunk.

Every time I looked across at the Open class that was running at the same time, I figured they must have imported some athletes to impress us…which it did. I remember thinking “Yeah, right….I doubt I’m going to be able to do ANY of that.”

But with the considerable skill and patience of coaches Devon and Kapua, they managed to get us up to speed.

I loved it. The feeling of accomplishment after doing a WOD was greater than the idea of sleeping in for an hour or so.

After a couple of weeks, I was already feeling better….less sluggish and way more focused.

I decided to stay with the 5.45am class because it suited my schedule. If I miss a morning (read: slept in), I’ll make it up in the afternoon or the next day.

I’d suggest if you’ve just completed an Elements class, try to go to the open sessions ASAP, while the movements are fresh in your head (and body). You don’t want to lose momentum.

I can’t comment on the culture in other boxes, but at Crossfit Waitakere- the people there are EXCELLENT.

The coaches are all superb. They’re passionate about helping people get better. They watch over you to make sure you’re on the right track.

The members are all cool, approachable people and we recognize and celebrate each other’s achievements. I’m always being impressed by the gains people have made- whether it’s losing weight, lifting heavy stuff or mastering a gymnastics movement.

I doubt you’d get that in a regular gym.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re the last one to finish and you’re struggling and you think you look like a dick- I’ve been there plenty of times.

Harden up and get over it. Will you REALLY let some minor embarrassment get in the way of improving your wellbeing?

Besides, you’ll find all the encouragement you need coming from the other members.

I strongly recommend recording your weights/times etc after each workout. Also, particularly if you’re aiming to lose weight, take photos of yourself from time to time. You’ll be amazed at the progress you would have made- you tend to forget your starting point.

Due to an extensive list of sprains, strains and general damage done to myself over the years, I don’t always get off unscathed. However, for the odd injury that I do get, there are plenty more that have been reduced/eliminated because of my efforts in the box.


One morning I was running late-and under the influence of stupidity, I didn’t warm up sufficiently and while I was doing box jumps, an old injury flared up and I put my back out.

I could hardly walk for several days and couldn’t train. I thought that was it- no more Crossfit!

But with the help of the coaches, my workouts were scaled until I got stronger and into it again.

I’ve made some gains I’m really happy with- I managed to add 30 kg to my previous deadlift weight (from 150kg up to 180kg) and I’ve made some losses which have surprised me- with the help of eating Paleo, I’ve lost 15kg in 6 months.

Doing physical work is far easier and I’ve got a lot more energy.

A group of us recently completed Tough Mudder, the 19km obstacle course. Aside from the fact that my team members are top notch people who were extremely supportive, there’s NO WAY I would have believed that I’d being doing that several months ago. If you told me that, my fat belly would’ve been jiggling with laughter.

So, seeing as doing Crossfit has already surpassed my expectations, I don’t really know how far I can go with it.

I would like to be able to do snatches, double unders and get better at the gymnastic stuff….and I still can’t read Genices’ writing on the whiteboard (I DO understand her when she yells at me though)- but this will come in time if I put in the commitment.

I can relate to the reality of Crossfit- put simply, you have to turn up regularly and do the work.

Well, it seems to be working for me, anyway.


  • Paddy — May 4, 2014

    Awesome Bryan, lovely piece of writing you have shared with us.

  • Daryll Savage — May 4, 2014

    Awesome stuff Bryan. Great bumping into you at the box Thurs night and catching up on the last 27 years! We’ll have that beer soon!

  • Joshua — May 6, 2014

    Great writing Bryan. It’s awesome to work with you through those gruelling 5.45 sessions mate.

  • Caren — May 9, 2014

    Awesome Bryan, and you’re one Tough Mudder too. An inspiration 🙂

  • Neeks — June 1, 2014

    Keep rocking Bryan! See u at 5.45am for more awesomeness

  • Neeks — June 1, 2014

    Keep rocking Bryan! See you for more awesomeness at 5.45am

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