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March 9, 2016

5 mins with… Mick

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How were you introduced to CrossFit?

Cam Stuart came to work with us and at a xmas break up, he got a bit tipsy on some light shandies and started showing off his rock hard six pack. In all seriousness though, he showed me some before and after photos which showed how much of a positive change the training had on him and the results were obvious. I had been running quite a bit and had always had back issues and between Cam and Reid Ludwig, they both spoke of the benefits they had seen and helped with some of their injuries or restrictions so I thought I would give it a go.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I think I’ve been doing it for around 5 years.

What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?

I really enjoy the camaraderie and encouragement from all athletes and while most of the time you are just competing or trying to better past performances, I find that because most workouts are done as a group against the clock or for reps, the competitive side comes out and you end up trying to beat the person next to you which I enjoy too.

Whats your favourite Movement?

Used to be anything cardio based like burpees, box jumps or running, but after injuring my knee 18 months ago in the Point To Pinnacle race, I’ve been somewhat limited with some movements and I’m now scaling most things. I think I now like power cleans and hands-on-knees recovering.

Whats your least favourite Movement?

Definitely overhead squats.

Whats the one movement you really want to master?

Overhead squats or strict hand stand pushups.

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

Just jump in and give it a go, everything is able to be scaled and nobody cares if you can’t do something or lift as much as the next person. Take the time to build up slowly and learn the movements correctly and them build up the weight.

Best CrossFit advice youve been given?

“Smooth is fast” and “Just keep moving”.

Describe any changes youve experienced since starting CrossFit?

Even though I used to run a fair bit I’m a lot fitter and stronger now, I also feel that my posture and mobility has improved and I no longer have any back issues.

Favourite memory at CF42s?

I think getting my first muscle up and also watching people cheer on all athletes at the comps we have sticks in my mind the most.

Do you prefer doing the daily WOD or Express workouts?

I usually enjoy the daily WOD’s, but since my knee issues Drummond has got me doing some more low impact, strength based programming which seems to be taking the pressure off the old knees a bit.

Tell us a little more about yourself outside of CrossFit?

I’m a married father of two energetic and active young boys so really I just enjoy spending time with Rachel and the boys and other family and friends. As a family we have been either building or renovating houses for the last 20 years so I can’t wait to finish this last one and finally be able to spend some more time on or around the water.

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

Since CrossFit seems to have helped with some of my past back issues, I now make sure that I book in 3-4 workouts a week like I book meetings at work, and it’s now just a part of my body’s maintenance. I also find that by doing the lunchtime class I have better focus at work in the afternoon.  I’m sure it also allows me to keep up with my kids and enjoy and participate in the things they like.

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

It would have to be Drummond’s adult humour and seeing how all of the coaches work really hard to help you improve and make each WOD really enjoyable.

What do you do for work?

Jointly own a building and construction business.

Which CF42s athlete are you always chasing?

No one at the moment, but it used to be Jerka and Razor. Now that Jerka is off bulking up and Razor is #Elite and I won’t be able keep up, I think when I start doing the daily workouts again I will just aim to keep up with some of the younger blokes.

WOD with shirt on or shirt off?

Definitely on unless it’s unbearably hot and have on occasions unleashed the silver back possum.

Who should we profile next?

Sean Blight