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POSTED: August 3, 2014 12:35 a.m.
ALEXANDRA SMITH/The Times

CrossFit Northeast Ga. team, Bryan Owen, right, finishes his set of burpies as David Owen, left, gets ready to start his.

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Weights were lifted and burpies jumped Saturday as CrossFit athletes from all over metro Atlanta and North Georgia came to compete in the inaugural Showdown on the Square.

CrossFit Northeast Georgia was host to the competition that was sold out with 120 athletes competing. Gathered on the square in Gainesville, two-person teams competed in various heats that featured different CrossFit moves.

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, among other things, cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

“We want to promote CrossFit and fitness, and we want people to get excited about working out,” said Kelly Mullins,  owner of CrossFit Northeast Georgia.

Out of the 120 athletes, only 16 were from the host team. Other gyms that participated included CrossFit Lanier and CrossFit No Edge.

“I was drawn to CrossFit because of the competition,” said Tabitha Haynes, a competitor in Saturday’s event. “It’s nice to have people cheering you on.”

Her partner, Carmen Ames, agreed.

“I love the camaraderie,” said Ames. “You always have a team to cheer you on.”

This was the pair’s first competition, but there are competitions every few months for CrossFit athletes.

Donations were also accepted at the competition, to benefit the Hall County Injured Firefighters Fund. CrossFit Northeast Georgia was matching donations up to $1,000.

CrossFit Northeast Ga. is located at 2491 Hilton Drive, Suite 1, Gainesville. It offers classes for adults and children.



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