A participant competes in the CrossFit AllStar Round-Up Competition. (PHOTO BY ANIANIKU CHING COURTESY OF CROSSFIT ALLSTAR)
Participants in the CrossFit AllStar Round-Up Competition pose for a photo. (PHOTO BY ANIANIKU CHING COURTESY OF CROSSFIT ALLSTAR)
Open Woman’s winners Cheryl Brost first, KC Stallsmith second, (both from CrossFit AllStar), and Tammie Akau third (from CrossFit Kawaihae) accept their awards. (PHOTO BY ANIANIKU CHING COURTESY OF CROSSFIT ALLSTAR)
Winning participants in the CrossFit AllStar Round-Up Competition on Nov. 10 and 11 accept their awards.(PHOTO BY ANIANIKU CHING COURTESY OF CROSSFIT ALLSTAR)
Competitors participate in the Rope Rustler event in the CrossFit AllStar Round-Up Competition at the CrossFit AllStar gym in Waimea on Nov. 10 and 11. (PHOTO BY ANIANIKU CHING COURTESY OF CROSSFIT ALLSTAR)
More than 200 people showed up at the 2nd annual CrossFit AllStar Round-Up Competition held over the Nov. 10-11 weekend. The intimate space of the “box” as the gym is called in CrossFit-speak was conducive to the cheering and calls of encouragement from supporters in the stands.
The CrossFit community is close and the camaraderie palpable. Competitors came from all over Hawaii Island as well as from other islands. Competition divisions included: Open Men and Women; Scaled Men and Women; Masters 45 years and older Men and Women; CrossFit Kids, ages 5-12 performing 1 ‘Mo Rep-A-Thon to benefit the Michael Morriss Memorial Fund and Kupuna CrossFitters, ages 80-99 years, participating in an honorary ceremony.
“This is the first time I have competed,” said Kerri Ambrosio, of Crossfit Kawaihae. She has worked out for almost two years and felt ready to compete.
“I entered the scaled women’s division and it awesome, scary and a rush, but I did this because I was ready,” she said. “I’ve become stronger in mind, body, and self esteem.”
CrossFit exercise is a way for anyone of any age to get fit. It is an exercise regime that changes every day and now that there are seven CrossFit gyms on Hawaii Island, it is a testimony that their programs work. Each CrossFit box is owned independently, and every gym is a reflection of its owner.
Keoni Subiono, who was born and raised here on Hawaii Island, now owns “CrossFit East Oahu.” He said he found the “spirit of aloha” more prevalent here than on Oahu, possibly because of the slower lifestyle as well as the CrossFit camaraderie built around a “family atmosphere.”
“KC and Josh Stallsmith are amazing leaders,” Subiono said. “They are great coaches with a deep sense of altruism, and have a great satisfaction in seeing other people succeed.”
The youngest athlete was 5 years old, and the oldest 99. Stallsmith said her husband Josh Stallsmith was responsible for the programming of the competition and worked hard to make it worthwhile for all athletes in all fitness domains.
“It takes a lot of thought and effort to make the event exciting for people to watch, as well as make it respectable to the sport,” said Stallsmith. “It was important to us to honor the athletes, to plan a rocking good time, and to present proper programming that would test fitness levels and legitimize athletes training levels.”
Malia Vannatta competed for the first time in the Master’s Women Division, and ended the competition as the overall winner.
“Now that its over, I can say it was a fun group of ladies,” she said. “I had a good time, and there was a small margin of strength between us. This is such a good community.”
Lori Delewski flew from Oahu to compete. She placed third in the Master’s Women Division.
“The energy from the crowd cheering me on was what motivated me,” Delewski said.
Alex Brost, 15, said working out at CrossFit AllStar is a family affair. His mother Cheryl Brost competed and was overall winner of the Women’s Open Division. A student at HPA, Brost competed with men who were older than he was.
“I’ve had good mentors who have given me a good foundation, and I wasn’t intimidated,” said Brost.
A total of 108 athletes registered for the event, and 40 volunteers showed up to help out. The 200 people who attended the Round Up event as athletes, supporters and spectators were energized and ready for the next event.
“This event wouldn’t be possible without all of you,” Stallsmith said to everyone at the end of the Round-Up. “We’re all working with each other, and now there is a purpose, an outlet, and leadership.”