How were you introduced to CrossFit?
Kyle, funnily enough! And it was great! I saw all of these girls who were lifting all of these weights! And, being myself I was like heck yeah! I can do that!
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I’ve been doing cf for just over 2 years now, started in May 2013 I think as a guess.
What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?
I love the friendships. And the heckling, and the torment, and the penis measuring, and the emotions and the dedication that you have to have.
What’s your favourite and least favourite movements?
I like double unders… weird. I know! Haha And I don’t mind rope climbs! Even
though they are challenging, especially when you’re fatigued, it is such a good
feeling when you’ve pulled yourself up there! Least favourite…thrusters…
What’s the one movement you really want to master?
Everything! (But stringing muscle-ups together would be great! And a handstand walk… but I’m working on it) Although I can do most movements, I always think that you can still get better. Learn to be more efficient, smoother, faster. There is always room for improvement!
What advice can you give someone who’s looking to start or has just started CrossFit?
It’s ok to compete against the boys! And it’s also ok if you can’t do something. Life is just a massive journey and you’ll get there. Trust me.
Best CrossFit advice you’ve been given?
“Relax your face!” Anna Smee is an amazing woman. Any advice I get from her, whether it be personal or mental or half way through a workout where she is yelling at me, her voice always finds a way to channel in. But there a lot of people who have tiny inputs in my life and in my training, but Anna’s advice has always stood out to me.
Describe any changes you’ve experienced since starting CrossFit?
So, I struggle to wear full length tops or anything with sleeves… and Im normally cold at work due to not having some cute little sleeved work tops… But my biceps aren’t the only things that’s grown! Haha changes apart from my growing biceps, shoulders and bottom are that I have created a shorter attention span, and I find it difficult to tolerate ridiculous people. Drummond and his coaching has probably rubbed off on me with that one!
Describe your first WOD at CF42s?
It was something very similar to “Cindy.” Pull ups with a purple band, push ups on my knees, and I hit cut off. That was a harsh reality of accepting that I couldn’t do something.
Favourite memory at CF42s?
When I got my first muscle up!! And all teams/partner comps.
Tell us a little more about yourself outside of CrossFit?
I have a huge family, so I love hanging out with them; we (Kyle and I) are often seeing our families for dinner, or lunches/coffee on the weekend. I love holding on to that friendship! As we grow older we sometimes forget that our parents are also people too, and even though they were probably super bossy and annoying when we were growing up, they’re kinda cool people too. My dad is super quiet, and doesn’t say much, where as my mum… she has 5 sisters and they’re aren’t the quietest…
Has CrossFit played a role in how you go about your daily life?
I love that I can be strong and independent, not just with training, but with
everything I do. When Kyle and I moved house, it was a breeze! I love it when the delivery guys turn up to work with massive boxes… “’scuse me, I’ll get that!” and they and my staff members look at me and ask if I’ll be right with that… Pssh. Please. I do CrossFit Haha. There are a couple of running jokes that go at work with another girl, and she always asks if I cuddle Kyle to sleep with my big arms! Haha it’s fun.
What sticks out to you as the most enjoyable part of every class at CF42s?
The banter. As well as training with the girls AND guys, and pushing myself to new limits, breaking mental barriers; that I CAN actually do things… whether I do things or not, it’s a work in progress. My mental strength is my weak point, and squat snatching is a goat because of that blockage that I have with getting under the bar.
What’s your favourite activity outside of the box?
I have a few! You only get one chance at this, and I try and do as many things that I can that make me happy. I love seeing my girlfriends for a coffee, or going over to mum and dads place, or going for a run, or getting a massage. They’re all things that I enjoy and try to do them as often as I can.
What do you do for work?
I work at OPSM in the city… I sell glasses for a living… I’m not sure it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life, but it makes do for now. It’s fun and easy, and I enjoy helping people choose what they are going to have on the front of their face 24/7.
Which CF42s athlete are you always chasing?
Me? Chasing… never?… As you could have guessed I’m always watching Kath and Danielle… it’s not often I get them in workouts, but sometimes its by one second, or one rep and that’s all I need! Haha but in all seriousness, they are amazing athletes, and it is all light hearted fun and it is great to have them to push me and keep me real. I also keep my eye on a couple of the boys too with the metcons. Like you DJ!
You are engaged and live with Kyle who is also a talented and dedicated CrossFitter – is CrossFit the main topic of discussion at the dinner table?
Hahah yes! And we often compare the size of our biceps too… It is probably 25% of our conversations I reckon, depends on how we went during the WOD. If I bet Kath or Danielle for example, then I’m like “I cant believe I did that!? Did you see me!? Kyle, did you see my score!?” But that isn’t very often so… haha and he just rolls his eyes and goes “yes, Rebecca… I saw it”.
You head up to the Australian Regionals competition each year – what is the best part about the trip?
We do! And I love it. I love seeing the level that these athletes train at. The skill that these women have! They’re so strong! And to think that they’re only human. I can maybe do that too! Maybe I can get there! Which is the goal, to get a team to the Australian Regionals and compete on behalf of CrossFit 42 South.
Can you do workouts by yourself or do you need to be in a group environment?
Depending on the workout, I can do either. I prefer to do skill work by myself, so I can practice what I need to and just be in my own head space. But I also like the group environment to give me that grunt that I need to do better, and faster, and heavier, where as if I was by myself I wouldn’t have the push or competitive edge that I needed.
Who should we profile next?
Alecia! She’s a great girl.