CrossFit Portsmouth // NH Sports Photographer

Last week I spent a little time at CrossFit Portsmouth photographing the the gym and one of their WODs (workout of the day). About a year and a half ago I started training in a CrossFit Portsmouth myself in order to stay fit for climbing following the birth of my second child, a time when my climbing days were few and far between. CrossFit is definitely not sport-specific training for climbing, but it can work you into incredible general fitness. If you’re not familiar with CrossFit definitely check it out. It looks intimidating, but really it’s not. And the community aspects to it keep you coming back again and again even when your muscles are trying to convince you to go home!

CrossFit is a whole body workout that uses all free weights and body weight exercises, with a few exceptions such as rowing machines. You won’t find Cybex machines or wonky pulley contraptions here…

My task for the day was to capture a diverse selection of images that show the grittiness and intensity of working out in the “box”. On this day athletes would be completing a rather rigorous workout called Fight Gone Bad. Here’s the run down…

1 minute of wall balls, 1 minute of sumo deadlift high pulls, 1 minute of box jumps, 1 minute of push presses, one minute of rowing and one minute of rest. Repeat two more times. Count the number of reps you completed during all three rounds. If you’re not familiar with these exercises you can check them out here, www.crossfit.com.

Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Until you do it! These workouts can be total ass-kickers. Here the folks are warming up for the WOD…

The madness begins with wall balls, tossing a 20 pound ball at a target 10 feet up, catching it, squatting, and doing it again. Here’s Charlie focused on his target…

Nick pulling out a minute of sumo deadlift high pulls…

On to box jumps…

During minute 4 of the first round even a relatively light push press — 75# here — isn’t easy…

Jason, owner of CrossFit Portsmouth, controlling his breathing on the rower…

Rest and then repeat…

You’re only competing with yourself, whether breaking your one rep max of a lift or a personal best for a particular workout. But, the community aspect of the workouts also pushes you to keep up or push harder even when your body is screaming otherwise…


And if keeping up with the person next to you isn’t motivation enough, the coaches will keep help you keep the psych up.

Look for more from CrossFit Portmouth throughout the year.