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December 17, 2015

5 Mins with… Julia

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How were you introduced to CrossFit?

I have a few friends in South Africa who do CrossFit and I was interested in getting involved. When I moved to Hobart I decided to try it out and have been hooked ever since.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

Six months.

What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?

I like the intensity and the variation in movements. The environment is great for pushing yourself, which I really enjoy.

What’s your favourite and least favourite movements?

The back squat is my favourite. I’m yet to master the art of the shoulder shrug so anything with a clean is a bit of a frustration.

What’s the one movement you really want to master?

The clean! I’m also on the path to doing push ups from the toes which will be great.

What advice can you give someone who’s looking to start or has just started CrossFit?

Go for it; commit and prepare for it to change you for the better.

Best CrossFit advice you’ve been given?

Stretch, and don’t overthink it – I’m still working on both!

Describe any changes you’ve experienced since starting CrossFit?

I’m a much fitter and happier person since began Crossfit.

Describe your first WOD at CF42s?

I don’t remember my first WOD, but I do remember arriving for my on-ramp with Razor; I was late and out of breath because I got lost and had run around the block a few times before I found the right place.

Favourite memory at CF42s?

Every time I get a PB or feel like a WOD has broken me and I’ve then kept pushing.

Tell us a little more about yourself outside of CrossFit?

Outside of Crossfit I try to stay active by playing Ultimate Frisbee and doing a bit of bush walking. I started Crossfit in large part due to wanting to get fitter for Ultimate, and it’s certainly paid off. I’m lucky to have moved to Hobart from Cape Town which is a great city with a lot of natural beauty to explore and Tassie is the same, so my partner and I enjoy getting out of the city and seeing a bit of the state.

Has CrossFit played a role in how you go about your daily life?

Definitely. Exercise has become more a part of my day than ever before and I love that. Checking Wodify for the next day’s WOD and planning how I’m going to fit it into my day is one of the first things I do now.

What sticks out to you as the most enjoyable part of every class at CF42s?

Listening to the trainers make awful jokes before and during the warm-up, and then seeing people stay on and encourage those who are struggling at the end of a WOD. And of course the bit in between where we hit the WOD. So pretty much everything.

What do you do for work?

I work for an online media company as the regional editor for Asia and Australia.

Which CF42s athlete are you always chasing?

As I’m still at the beginning of my Crossfit ‘journey’, I try to focus on what I’m doing rather than what other athletes are doing. But I look at what people like Bec and Kath are able to achieve and it gives me something to aim for.

Who should we profile next?

Razor. Cruise ships and philosophy – there has to be something interesting to come from that, surely?