All-star Fisher a heavyweight in CrossFit
Lauren Fisher weighs just 61 kilograms, but she can lift 110kg - which is apparently 4kg more than lifting All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.
Fisher, 20, from San Diego, is one of four CrossFit "all stars" attending Wellington's second annual CrossFit competition, The Wellington Cup, this weekend.
She will be joined by Lucas Parker, aka "Teen Wolf", from Canada, Wes Piatt from California, and Ruth Anderson Horrell from Invercargill.
Fisher is an up-and-comer in the increasingly popular world of competitive CrossFit, which boasts more than 45,000 followers on Facebook.
In the United States, the sport is everywhere, she says, with California being the home of the workouts. But it has taken off in New Zealand as well, with three new gyms springing up in Wellington last year.
"I think CrossFit is getting so big now because of word of mouth and social media, as well as being more recognised by places like ESPN, and everyone is starting to see the benefits of it and what it can do for you," she says.
It was not long before big corporate sponsors came knocking for Fisher, who recently signed a deal with Nike, her fourth sponsor.
CrossFit event organiser Alice Sciascia agrees CrossFit is becoming attractive to sponsors.
"There's athletes that do [get sponsorship], and Lauren would be one of those athletes because she's got quite a big following, and she's a young, attractive girl, so she's marketable."
Sciascia says organisers are hoping to double their numbers to 500-700 spectators this year. The competition brings together 120 athletes from gyms all over New Zealand and Australia to battle it out over a series of nine workouts.
The Wellington Cup CrossFit competition will take place at Kilbirnie Rec Centre tomorrow and Sunday, 8.30am-5.30pm. Spectator tickets available at door, $20 a day.
The Dominion Post