THE auditorium of the Pusat Belia (Youth Centre) was filled with cheers for the final event of the Beast of the South East.
For over 48 hours, more than 60 athletes from around the region underwent five workouts designed to test their overall fitness to determine the Beast of the South East, according to a press release.
In the men’s Rx (Prescribed) category, Ant Haynes from CrossFit Coastal Fitness, Hong Kong beat 14 other individuals to earn first place, bringing home a gold medal, cash prize and a supplement pack from sponsors Progenex.
Job Wi from CrossFit MNL, Philippines and John Britton from CrossFit Metalize, UAE came second and third respectively.
In the women’s Rx Category, Natasha Mendoza from CrossFit MNL, Philippines came first, while Philippa Moris and Tamsin Humes both from Reebok CorssFit 673, Brunei, came second and third respectively.
In the team category, Swole Patrol from CrossFit Fire City, Singapore, came in first.
Sam Gibb of CrossFit Mobilus, Singapore, and Florence Roberts from CrossFit Coastal Fitness, Hong Kong, finished first in the scaled individual categories.
Yesterday, the athletes had to complete a hash in the nation’s unique jungle trails, swim sprints and two other high intensity workouts involving barbells and gymnastic bodyweight movements like the toes to bar and muscle-ups.
In the final workout, sponsored by Hua Ho Department Store, athletes had to complete a cycle of ascending weight barbell deadlifts and pull-ups, chest to bar pull-ups, muscle-ups and handstand walks.
Michael Mogard, owner and head coach of Reebok CrossFit 673 said, “From the first competition we organised in 2012, it’s amazing to see how much the sport and the community has grown. When I designed these workouts with CrossFit Games veteran, Chad Mackay, we wanted something unique to Brunei, something that would push the athletes, expose weaknesses and make it an overall exciting experience for the spectators to watch.”
He said, “It’s our first time organising an event of this size, and with everyone’s help we’ve been able to pull it off. 2015 better be ready for BOSE v3.”
One of the international athletes said, “It’s my first time in Brunei and the experience has been overall positive. CrossFit is very community based and it is one of the few sports where I can arrive in any country and have like-minded athletes embrace me with open arms.”
Initially organised as a competition in 2012 to bring together the fitness community from around the region, it has grown from strength to strength, becoming one of the most anticipated CrossFit events in Southeast Asia.