CrossFit Uncut co-owner and head coach Jeff Leckie
celebrates his win in New Zealand's largest CrossFit
competition with a casual 140kg deadlift in his Dunedin
"box" yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter
Despite losing almost 10kg of muscle during a
''stressful'' year, Jeff Leckie has won the largest crossfit
competition in New Zealand.
The 30-year-old Dunedin athlete was one of 580 contestants
from throughout the country in the inaugural New Zealand
Pound 4 Pound Postal Competition, in Hamilton.
Mr Leckie, co-owner and head coach of CrossFit Uncut in
Dunedin, and a former competitive sprinter, said the stress
of opening his own business this year had seen his training
decline, and with it, some of his muscle.
At 71.6kg he did not expect to finish on the podium.
''I'm normally close to 80kg when I have a good training
year. I've lost a lot of strength, but in this competition
being a bit lighter definitely helped my power-to-weight
Pound 4 Pound workouts were designed so weights used by
competitors were relative to their body weight.
In the competition final at Hamilton on Saturday Mr Leckie
lifted three times his body weight in one of five workouts,
placing first or second in each against the country's top 14
His efforts saw him take the overall title of New Zealand's
best pound for pound crossfitter.
Queenstown athletes Hope Bates and Danielle Sherman also
competed in the final, against 13 of the country's fittest
Earlier in the week Mr Leckie took second place in a regional
competition organised by CrossFit Dunedin, won by the
affiliate's Mike Mikaere.
CrossFit Uncut co-owner Janelle Miskimmin was first equal in
the WOD League masters women section, and fellow CrossFit
Uncut athlete Amanda Gould won the open female division.
Mr Leckie was proud of those he trained with, and said their
success was ``pretty special'' considering the box (CrossFit
Uncut) had been open less than a year.