South African CrossFitter and Fitness Mag regular Nicole Warburg will be looking at putting her endurance and fitness to the test at the Meridian regional competition which will take place in Madrid, Spain between the 1st and the 3rd of June 2018.
Nicole is targeting a top finish for her and her team Cape Crossfit at the CrossFit Games, a worldwide competition with the aim of finding the fittest man, woman and team on Earth.
This year’s CrossFit challenge kicked off in February with the Open, an all-inclusive online competition and one of the largest participatory events in the world, with new workouts released online weekly until the end of March. This was the first line of the global CrossFit competition and participants had to complete the challenge, either via submitting videos or by completing the workouts at a CrossFit affiliate in the presence of a judge.
The best performances move on to the second stage, the regionals, where Nicole hopes to compete if she can raise the funds.
Nicole also quilified to compete in the individual category, but has chosen to be part of the Cape CrossFit team for this year’s regionals. Cape CrossFit has repeatedly proven to be one of the top performing Boxes in South African CrossFit, and this year several members will be making their way to the Regionals.
The CCF team members: Vicky Polydorou, Richard Wollboldt, Matthew Bowerman and Nicole Warburg
Last year, 385 000 CrossFitters competed – some for fun and others, like Nicole, for an opportunity to reach the regional competition and ultimately the grand finale, the CrossFit Games.
This final CrossFit showdown will be held between the 1st and the 5th of August in Madison, Wisconsin.
Changes have been made to the CrossFit Games Regional format for 2018.
As South African, Nicole now falls under the Meridian region formed by a combination of the Middle East, Africa and the Southern European regions.
Nicole is no novice to the fitness world. Before her CrossFit journey began, she played hockey and dominated the Fitness stage at bodybuilding shows for years, enthralling spectators with her feats of strength, plyometic power and gymnastic prowess.
“I love having the strength to push my body and see what I can do,” says Nicole, who was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal and holds a degree in biokinetics.
She was also recently awarded her national colours in the sport of powerlifting with South African records in the deadlift and total categories.
Having ranked as high as second in the African region as CrossFitter at one stage, Nicole’s goal this year is to walk away from the platform with a first place medal for her team.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.