by callum dick
"CONSTANTLY varying functional movements performed at high intensity”.
That is crossfit; a sport unlike any other, and one that will always beat you irrespective of how long you have been training.
Justine Ide's eight-word definition paints a daunting picture, and seeing her partner Pete Gow in action only confirms it.
Yet while 12 minutes of constant, explosive, gut-busting movement would scare many would-be athletes away, it is exactly the reason Gow took the sport up four years ago.
What started as a trip to the gym to "lose a few kilos” snowballed into a love of pushing his physical limits.
Now he is set to represent Australia.
The 46 year-old Crossfit 786 athlete was crowned Queensland's best and tied-first in Australia in the 45-49 age category at a recent Crossfit Masters League Invitational competition.
On Friday, he and a fellow crossfit athlete from Western Australia will take on New Zealand's best at Runaway Bay's Sports Super Centre to claim Trans-Tasman bragging rights.
At the same event, Gow will also represent Queensland in the Crossfit Masters League State of Origin.
It shapes as a foreboding slate of events for Gow, but having taken holidays to help prepare for the event he has given himself every chance to succeed.
"I train two-three hours a day, six days a week,” he said.
"The intensity (of my training) has come up a little bit recently, but not too much.
"Queensland won it last year, so I'd like to help us go back-to-back.”
A man of few words, Gow prefers to let his physical prowess do the talking.
And when you see him pull up 70kg without so much as breaking a sweat, it is easy to see why.
Despite an impressive list of achievements so early in his crossfit career, Gow sees the upcoming two-day competition as just another stepping stone toward a greater goal.
"My ultimate goal is to make the Crossfit Games one year,” he said.
Qualifiers held around the world each year whittle down the field to the 20 best in each age group, to compete at the annual Crossfit Games.
Gow made the first 200-man field but barely missed the final cut, finishing 46th.
"This year was just a building stage for him, to help in getting ready for next year's games,” Crossfit 786 co-owner and former Ipswich Jet Dale "Ozzie” Robertson said.
One look at Gow's steely determination with a barbell in his hands is all you need to tell you he will make that goal a reality.