Hervey Bay box is getting a workout

AS THE fittest people on earth compete in California in the world CrossFit Games, Fraser Coast athletes are busy changing their lives in the area's only "box".

Liz Kopacz has implemented CrossFit workouts into her life for the past 18 months, and gets her sweat on at Fraser Coast Strength and Conditioning about four times a week.

Liz Kopacz at Fraser Coast Strength & Conditioning.
Liz Kopacz at Fraser Coast Strength & Conditioning. Alistair Brightman

"Originally, a workmate dragged me along to a class, and I nearly died," she said.

"But I knew that was the workout I was looking for to improve my fitness so I found the time, I came back, and I joined."

With CrossFit often stereotyped as an extreme form of exercise through social media, Ms Kopacz said that image should be taken with a grain of salt.

Instead, major CrossFit athletes have served as inspirations for her.

"I saw them doing handstand walking at the games, and I thought, that'd be pretty good to try," she said.

"As I'm warming up, I'll just have a play around and the more I play around, the better I get."

The stay-at-home mum often takes her daughter Arianne, 3,  along.

"She watches me work out, and then we go and do something," Ms Kopacz said

"It is constantly varied with the functional movement.

"We'll turn up for the day, and it'll be completely different from what we did yesterday."

Coach Nick Le Roux also does paddling as a sport, and said the type of workout CrossFit provides had proved to be particularly useful to increase fitness for other sports.

"For me, it's an awesome way to make me stronger when I'm pushing on the waves," he said.

"Every workout is adaptable to everyone; there's people that do it with missing limbs.

"Even the games happening now, everyone can do them as they can be scaled back."

For those with a competitive edge, there is an opportunity to compete against others in the CrossFit Games Open, held at the start of the year. It is designed to find the best CrossFit athletes from around the country.