Connect with us

Thai Life

Crossfit trainer heads to Australia for challenge



PHUKET: A Phuket-trained CrossFit beast, 28-year-old Elise Hoefsmit, took top honors in Thailand in the Reebok CrossFit Games 2016 Open, advancing her to the regional competition in Sydney next month.

“I’m over the moon. I put in hours of work to get to this point and I’m just beginning. You can’t fake hard work and it certainly pays off,” Ms Hoefsmit told the Phuket Gazette.

The annual CrossFit Games are broken down into three parts, with the first stage being the Open, which is a five-week, five-workout competition. The kicker is that the workouts remain a secret until they are released on a Thursday, giving athletes until the following Monday to submit a score.

“Athletes train year-round for a competition that is almost a complete mystery,” the CrossFit Games website points out.

Then the top athletes from each of the 17 regions qualify for the second stage of the competition – regionals. The regionals are live, three-day competitions. The top five advance to the StubHub Center in the United States for a final showdown.

“When they reach the StubHub Center, they put their training and mental fortitude to the test and take on a rigorous, broad-ranging test of overall physical capacity. After four days, the Fittest on Earth will have clearly distinguished themselves,” the website says.

So far, Ms Hoefsmit has distinguished herself without a doubt – finishing 4th in all of Asia.

“Before this I was focused on body building and power lifting. I really started to take CrossFit seriously on moving to Thailand in July last year,” Ms Hoefsmit said. “I’ve always changed up my training every few years and looked for new ways to progress my athletics. After moving to Thailand to work at Unit 27, my boyfriend [Luke Richmond, who is currently on the Row2Rio team] convinced me that CrossFit would be an exciting new challenge for me. He was right! I was hooked.”

CrossFit is designed to test every aspect of an athlete’s fitness, which sees Ms Hoefsmit combining Olympic weight-lifting, power lifting, gymnastics and conditioning in order to be ready for anything that may get thrown at her in competitions like the Open.

“My nutrition plays a huge role in allowing me to perform at my best every day. I’ve found that the biggest change in my strength and recovery happened when I started eating more and getting my nutrition right for the amount of work I was doing,” she said.

Having competed in power lifting and bodybuilding at a high level in Australia, Ms Hoefsmit entered her first CrossFit competition in Chiang Mai last September, finishing in 2nd place.

With regionals only about a month away, there isn’t a lot Ms Hoefsmit can do to ensure a win.

“Become superwoman? I will compete against women who have been doing CrossFit for 10 years. To win in my first year competing would be sensational but, realistically, top 25 is my goal. However, it’s all about the workouts,” she said.

The 40 women competitors, 10 selected from Asia and 30 from Australia, won’t be told what the workouts will be until just two weeks before the competition, which takes place May 13-15.

“With competitions like this, the hard work is done in the years prior to them, not the few weeks before. There are skills that I can perfect and become more proficient at, but in terms of gaining more strength, you don’t have enough time to add to your current base,” Ms Hoefsmit said.

Though back in Australia for the competition and a number of other adventures, Ms Hoefsmit hasn’t abandoned Phuket. The 28-year-old CrossFit trainer plans to return to working with clients at Unit27, as well as building on her base, for next year’s CrossFit Games.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand42 mins ago

Thailand to consider Chinese engines for S26T Yuan submarine

Weather59 mins ago

Tropical storm ‘Mulan’ to hit several provinces of Thailand between August 11-13

Pattaya1 hour ago

Pattaya’s tourist busses are back at the floating market, but missing Chinese

Sponsored3 hours ago

LASIK eye surgery with state-of-the-art procedures in Thailand

Phuket2 hours ago

TikTok post accuses Phuket restaurant of unfair, unlisted prices

Krabi2 hours ago

Whale shark washed up on a Krabi beach in Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand introduces fine for not wearing seat belt in the back seat

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Eastern Thailand2 hours ago

Baby’s birthday party turns violent in eastern Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand’s new narcotics laws offers drug offenders treatment

Thailand3 hours ago

Toad travels from Thailand to Wales in student’s suitcase

Crime3 hours ago

Thai stunt director released from Myanmar

Economy3 hours ago

US’s Chips & Science Act good news for Thailand’s car industry

Thailand4 hours ago

CCSA to consider extending Thailand tourist visa to 45 days | GMT

Visa19 hours ago

CCSA to consider extending Thailand tourist visa on arrival to 45 days

Bangkok19 hours ago

Man caught taking drugs inside a Bangkok police booth didn’t give a crap

Thailand19 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thailand no longer considers Covid “dangerous infectious disease” 

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11