How were you introduced to CrossFit?
I first met Drummond at a 3 year old’s birthday party about 3 years ago. I was introduced to this Aussie Bloke who had more enthusiasm that all the kids at the party combined, and more passion for his craft that all the mums at the party had for their 3 year old children (that’s quite a bit of passion if you’ve ever “had the pleasure” of listening to a group of mums talk about their “little angels”). Drummond had a grand plan and a determination that I hadn’t seen in quite some time, so I kept his name in my memory banks for a rainy day. A couple of years later my wife got sick of listening to me complaining about how sore I was, how bad my back was, and how hard I was finding physical exercise, and suggested I do something about it. So I contacted the bloke I met at the party. I knew nothing at all about CrossFit except for what my friends and family had told me – who also knew nothing at all about CrossFit. I told Drummond I was intimidated by what I thought CrossFit was and that I really didn’t know what I was getting in to; and that I didn’t want to injure myself as I was looking to better prepare my body to enable me to continue to do the things I love. Drummond promised to wrap me in cotton wool and to make me “Bull Shit Strong” so I went in and the rest is history.
What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?
I know it sounds wanky and a little cliché, but I absolutely love the camaraderie at CF42s. The coaches are second to none and it seems to rub off on the athletes as well, because at no time have I ever felt intimidated or uncomfortable. There just doesn’t seem to be the ego level that I have found at conventional gyms, and everyone just seems to support each other and help each other along on their CrossFit journeys. I love that you never quite know what you are in for until you turn up on the day and that even that most seemingly simple movements, when put together in a WOD, can prove to be incredibly challenging.
What’s your favourite and least favourite movements?
Power Cleans, they are awesome. When broken down they can seem a complex movement but when you nail them they just feel sensational! Overhead squats are my least favourite, I am one stiff human being and these babies just floor me.
What’s the one movement you really want to master?
I’d love to be BEAST enough to find success with Muscle ups one day.
What advice can you give someone who’s looking to start or has just started CrossFit?
Just do it. Quit listening to what other people think or say about CrossFit and just have a go. CrossFit and the crew at CF42s has helped me to regain control of my ageing body and enabled me to perform at my best.
Best CrossFit advice you’ve been given?
The best cure for soreness is movement.
Describe any changes you’ve experienced since starting CrossFit?
I’m so much stronger now than I have ever been. I am close to bullet proof! I can surf, ride mountain bikes, play any sport, throw my kids round, run and basically just live a fuller life without the restrictions of a poorly functioning body. I honestly didn’t realise just how restricted I had been until I wasn’t restricted anymore. I sleep better, I have more endurance at work and I my body shape has changed for the better.
Favourite memory at CF42s?
The day I first Deadlifted over 100kg. I remember when I first started CrossFit thinking “there is no way I will ever crack 100kg’s” it just seemed way out of my league. The day I cracked it I was working alongside another athlete Matt Browne who was giving me heaps of tweaking tips and slowly building me up under the close watchful eye of DJ. Before I knew it I had 105kg on the bar and had the bar off the ground with the biggest cheek to cheek grin I can recall ever having. That lift would have been physically impossible for me to achieve even 6 months prior to that day and now it is pretty standard. I’m not really one for trying to lift big weights but this experience showed me that I was capable of so much more that I thought I was (both physical and mentally) and changed a few things for me after that.
Tell us a little more about yourself outside of CrossFit?
I’m a father of three who is generally pretty active and loves Mountain Biking, Surfing and hanging out with my wife and kids. I am an Operations Manager for a local consulting engineering firm Aldanmark Consulting Engineers, and am lucky enough to work with some of my best mates who support me in my CrossFit journey.
Has CrossFit played a role in how you go about your daily life?
CrossFit and the Crew at CF42s have slowly built me into an better human being to be honest. I don’t have back pain, I don’t get twinges and niggles in my body for no reason, I can perform better at the sports I love to pursue and I have more fun with my kids now I have better control of my body. That’s a great feeling for a bloke that is about to turn 40.
What sticks out to you as the most enjoyable part of every class at CF42s?
The bit when you finish ha ha ha! No really I find it’s a fantastic feeling of achievement when you push through a WOD and come out the other side having accomplished something that at first glance you didn’t think you would be able to do. Not enough people get to enjoy this feeling, in my opinion.
What’s your favourite activity outside of the box?
Riding Mountain Bikes.
You have recruited some of your work colleagues to train with us at CrossFit 42 South – have you noticed any changes in their performance in the office since they have started CrossFit?
WOW absolutely! I have introduced 3 of my staff to CF42s in the past 6 months and can definitely vouch for an improvement in their general health and wellbeing which undoubtedly translates to their work performance, but I’d say the best by-product of our lunchtime CrossFit sessions has been the strengthening of our relationships above just work colleagues. Crossfit has certainly brought us all closer together and enabled us to work better as a team.
Which CF42s athlete are you always chasing?
Hmmmm… It used to be Alice Direen as we have been mates for quite a few years now and she has always been an incredible athlete with perfect technique. I’d say I tend to just “run my own race” now and focus on my own journey. In saying this I will admit there is a hell of a lot of competition between out Aldanmark crew when we all do the same workout.
WOD with shirt on or shirt off?
Shirt On! DEFINITELY! I got carried away recently while doing MURPH and went shirts off but I swear I will never stray from the righteous path of shirt on again. No one needs to see that stuff. NO ONE! Ha ha ha.
Who should we profile next?
Leigh Saltmarsh; I’d love to hear his thoughts.