Crossfit Rotorua held its biggest 2TOA Aotearoa competition to date at the weekend - something owner Munro Waerea says wouldn't be possible without its members.
The two-day competition, which involved metabolic conditioning activities at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) on Friday and traditional crossfit workouts at Rotorua's Energy Events Centre on Saturday, consisted of 406 competitors from around New Zealand and about 2000 spectators through the doors.
Waerea says the number of competitors had increased by about 70 teams of 140 people and spectator numbers had doubled from the inaugural event last year.
Rotorua's 2TOA Aotearoa is New Zealand's first same-gender pairs crossfit competition and Waerea says those who have made it a success are members.
"They're the ones that volunteered ... they were on their feet for the whole two days, our sponsors as well, they played a huge part in executing the competition," Waerea says.
He says without them, the tournament would not have been able to go ahead.
But 2TOA, which translates to two-person strength, did go ahead and Waerea says after a lot of preparation it was "awesome" and a "really good" event.
He estimates that about 80 per cent of competitors came from out of town, including Canterbury, Masterton and up north as well as 40 teams from Gisborne, and being able to showcase different parts of Rotorua with the estimated 2500 visitors was a great way to promote Rotorua.
Waerea says feedback he has received from both local and visiting participants has been positive, with everyone enjoying both the traditional crossfit events and the outdoor ones.
"The sun turned it on for us at the Blue Lake, we were able to take it outdoors."
"Everyone enjoyed the outdoor aspect."
On top of being the only gender pairs competition, Waerea says there aren't many crossfit competitions in general in New Zealand to be able to take part in.
"We give them an option and just to pit themselves against top athletes. We've got some of New Zealand's best competing."
Waerea says there were many wins taken over the weekend, across varied divisions, with Rotorua athletes taking awards across just about every event including the teenage girls who came first in their category and the boys securing a second spot.
"It was good for them to see where they are in terms of the rest of New Zealand."
Meanwhile, although the competition is over the year, much to the relief of those in charge of organising the event, Waerea says they are already looking towards the future and ways of improving the event.
He says due to the competition growing in popularity they are considering options for next year which may include having full-day competitions and expanding to Sunday. However, he says he understands people like having the Sunday off to be able to explore the area.
2TOA 2018 Results:
1st: Lat 39, Crossfit Latitude 39
2nd: Hamiltonians, Crossfit Kotahi CF Te Rapa
3rd: WOD Wahine's, Crossfit West Auckland
1st: Broffessors, Crossfit Remuera
2nd: MTCF, Mount Crossfit
3rd: Lattitude 39 The Biceps & The Brains, Crossfit Latitude 39
1st: Double Trouble, Crossfit Gisborne
2nd: 4010 Sheee U-nit, Crossfit 4010
3rd: Latitude 39, Latitude 39
1st: Gucci gang, Crossfit Ruark
2nd: Knuckle-Heads, Unaffiliated
3rd: Adrian and Jack, Crossfit Mecca
1st: Kabam, Cave fitness Christchurch
2nd: Breakfast Club, Crossfit Taupō
3rd: Mana Mayhem, Crossfit Mana
1st: Dad Bods, Limitless Tokoroa
2nd: Last Minute Karn, Karnage
3rd: Moonhuntaz, Crossfit Kotahi Mt Crossfit
1st: CarMa, Fitmumz
2nd: Campbell, Crossfit 4010
3rd: Meccanna's, Crossfit Mecca
1st: Duality, Sassfit Masterton
2nd: Sassfit Mantools!, Sassfit Masterton
3rd: Underground, Fitness Tumeke
Masters (40+) Female
1st: 40+ Shades of Awesome, Crossfit 4019
2nd: Latimers, Otara
3rd: The Notdottirs, Crossfit Whangārei
Masters (40+) Male
1st: The Gladiators, Rotovegas Boxing
2nd: Expendables, MaD
3rd: We'd Rather Be Surfing, Crossfit 4010
Teens (14-16) Female
1st: Weights Before Dates, Crossfit Rotorua
2nd: Hustle & Muscle, Crossfit Hawkes Bay and Crossfit Mana
Teens (14-16) Male
1st: The Best Sons You Could Ever Ask For, Crossfit 4010
2nd: CFR Young Guns, Crossfit Rotorua
3rd: Demi Gods, CrossfIt 4010