Jayden Tiberi’s CrossFit journey all started as a way to bulk up for rugby.
Fast forward to now and and the youngster is an international competitor.
The 17-year-old started training for CrossFit in 2014 and quickly realised he enjoyed the sport.
After the realisation, Tiberi channelled all his powers into the sport, training at Snake CrossFit, and now boasts a fourth placing in the 16-17 boys from the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin at the start of August.
“It was awesome. I was really happy with it,” Tiberi said of his fourth place.
“I just wanted to beat seventh because that’s where I placed in the first qualifier and if I got anything above that, I was happy.”
Tiberi’s love of the sport comes from two components which intertwine.
One is the amount of different combinations of exercises that can make up a workout.
“It’s really whatever you can think up,” Tiberi said.
“They can also change the rep scheme so you could do 100 push ups at one comp and the next comp you have 50 and something else – it always changes.”
The other aspect of CrossFit Tiberi loves is that, even if you’re the best in the world, there’s always a way to get better.
“You can never be the best at everything,” he said.
“You can get stronger, you can get better at gymnastics, you can get fitter cardio-wise. There’s always something to improve on and that’s why I love doing it.”
For Tiberi, size and strength is his focus at the moment.
Heavy lifting often sees the McCarthy Catholic College fall off the pace and it’s something Tiberi wants to rectify.
“I enjoy the body weight stuff, pull ups, hand stand push ups, anything like that. But anything really heavy sort of gets me,” he said.
“Everyone is 90 to 100 kilos and I’m only 70.
“I’d like to get a bit stronger so I can do some of the heavier stuff.”