FOUR Warrnambool Crossfit members will put themselves through the ultimate fitness test at the upcoming if3 Masters World Championships.
Simon Boyd, Logan Marshall, Pam Wilson and Martin Neild are in the final stages of their training before they travel to the championships, which take place in the Brisbane suburb of Logan from October 25-27.
Boyd will compete in the 35-39 age division, Marshall in the 30-34 group, Wilson starts in the 55-59 and Neild will test himself in the 60-plus class.
The quartet qualified for the championships, which will have athletes from across Australia, America and the United Kingdom participating, after finishing either first or second at the state semi-finals in July.
Across the three days of competition they will be put through rigorous tests focusing in on their aerobic capacity and strength.
Day one consists of three tests, day two involves two and the final day has just one. The tests contain a variety of workouts in six challenges.
Boyd picked out the sixth and final challenge - a two-kilometre ski erg, a 1.3km run, a stair climb and another 1.3km run - as the toughest test of the championship.
"It has been rated pretty intense... and it's going got be held at Springwood Conventional Park where the stair climb there is apparently called 'the staircase to death'," the 36-year-old said.
"The place is very similar to Tower Hill in terms of a park scenario."
Boyd, who has been doing crossfit for "nearly a year-and-a-half", said recovery would be critical to the quartet's campaigns.
"You need to have plenty of good food between competing times and it's also key to keep up your hydration," he said.
"Realistically for this sport you've got to force yourself to eat because there are many times you don't want to but you have to fuel body to help with the other events."
Boyd said the group had already attempted the tests as part of their training, which unearthed some positive results.
"We all trained together on Sunday when the workouts got released and we had a crack at one of them," he said.
"We went pretty good. Personally I have had a bit of an injury lately but it was good to get through that unscathed."
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