CrossFit star Will Kane so crucial to England Inov-8 Four Nations win
CROSSFIT Cheltenham's Will Kane was part of the triumphant England team at the Inov-8 Four Nations in on Saturday.
Former Old Pats and Lydney rugby wing Kane demonstrated his outstanding all-round fitness levels with a series of sparkling performances at the indoor athletics arena at Sport City in Manchester.
England saw off the challenge of Wales, Ireland and Scotland, as well as Barbarians and Masters Over-40s teams.
He was cheered on by a minibus full of supporters from CrossFit Cheltenham, who watched him shine among some of the top competitors in Europe and in the case of his England team mate Samantha Briggs, the best in the world.
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They were put through a gruelling series of workouts, including pull ups, squats, deadlifts, overhead presses and kettlebell swings, designed to push the body to its limits in a wide variety of ways.
Among those who travelled to Manchester to watch the event was head coach at CrossFit Cheltenham, Steve Bunn.
"We are all very proud of Will and it's a huge achievement to be picked to represent England," Bunn said.
"The atmosphere was fantastic and Will was picked to take part in five out of seven different workouts based on his all-round ability and wide array of skills."
England's performances in the seven workouts booked them a place in the final, where they saw off the challenge of the Masters team to take the title, while Wales finished in third.
"CrossFit involves such a multitude of skills and disciplines and it's rare for someone to be able to master so many of them," Bunn said.
"It includes Olympic lifting, gymnastic skills, strength and cardiovascular fitness and people generally master only one of those.
"Will had some exceptionally good competitors on his team, including the number one woman in the world, Sam Briggs and a number of athletes that reached the regional (European) competition this year out of 10,000 entrants.
"Will missed out on that by about 50 places, but he was not as good then and having seen him look comfortable going shoulder to shoulder with some of the best in Europe, I predict he can make the regionals next year."
The ultimate aim for Kane is the Reebok CrossFit Games in California, for which only the top three in Europe qualify.
The sport of CrossFit is growing rapidly in Britain, having started in the USA.
CrossFit Cheltenham, situated in the Cheltenham Trade Park on Central Way, are offering free taster sessions for anyone interested in giving it a go.
"It's not just an elite sport and it can benefit anyone," Bunn said.
"I thought I was fit until I started CrossFit and it changes your life."
If you are interested in trying CrossFit, please contact Steve Bunn on 07811332381 or email email@example.com.