How were you introduced to CrossFit?
Through the great DW. Drum and Alli moved back from Queensland and hung out with a group of our friends. Drum was banging on about CrossFit and wanting to set up a gym here and really grow the popularity of it in Tasmania. I had never heard of it; and at the time was starting to get into working out with Kettlebells and the like, so I ventured along to see what it was all about.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Since June 2010… it doesn’t seem that long ago!
How long have you known Drum & Alli?
I actually grew up across the road from Alli when I was younger and went to High School with her sister Paula. It wasn’t till they moved back from Queensland that we formed a friendship that circled around a love for beers and food.
What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?
The variety of stuff that you can train. Its never just cardio based, or weight based. The movements are always varied and I think being more strength biased myself, I gravitated towards the Olympic lifting movements. I always hated running, so 400m runs seemed like it was going to suit me better!
What’s your favourite and least favourite movements?
Anything involving a press and/or overhead, least favourite is definitely burpees and box jumps.
What advice can you give someone who’s looking to start or has just started
Just turn up and give it a go, and keep coming along. At first it will all seem very intimidating, but after a couple of weeks you will never look back!
Best CrossFit advice you’ve been given?
Don’t know if its Crossfit advice or just life in general, but it’s from the wise Anna Smee. She said just never take it all too seriously. If you can’t make it in to train as much as you would like, then don’t stress. Things like family life, lack of sleep, sickness etc all get in the way and there’s no point stressing about it. Just do what you can do.
Describe your first WOD at CF42s?
My first WOD was Annie. I dragged Lukey along from work and we ventured into the Climbing Edge and gave it a go. I remember spending ages trying to get those double unders; ended up going with attempts and took about 16 minutes.
I remember Lukey had a HR monitor strap on and chucking it away half way through – funny sight!
You’ve seen all 3 boxes CF42s has occupied – which is your favourite and why?
Each box has its own memories, but probably for nostalgia I would have to say The Climbing Edge. It was in the top level of the building, you couldn’t really dump heavy weights, had to run up and down the stairs etc etc. All the stuff that doesn’t really sound like a CrossFit Box.
What are the biggest changes you’e seen at CF42s since your time here?
Firstly just the amount of people walking through the door. When I first started our 6am Crew was sometimes only 2 people! I think overall, as the box has grown so has the professionalism. I’m lucky enough to be a trainer and get to see the behind the scenes training that we do and the vision that Drum and Alli have for the box; and its just great to see two people so highly invested in increasing the health and well being of everybody that walks through the door!
You don’t have the time to make it into CF42s everyday anymore – tell me about
where you train:
With a 3.5 year old and a newborn baby, finding time to get into the box these days can be difficult. I’m lucky enough that I manage Sportsco in Kingston and we actually have a setup out the back in the storeroom! Everything you need for a WOD, even some rings hanging from some pipes in the ceiling. Perfect for our customers to try their shoes before they buy!
Do you have a setup at home?
Not anymore, I moved everything I have to the storeroom at work.
Will Hugo be starting CF Kids when he is old enough?
Definitely – he is very keen on doing Crossfit! I’ve had him with me a few times when I have been training and he follows me around the whole workout and mimics what I’m doing!
You were the first of Drummond’s clients to get their L1 Certification and begin
coaching – what made you want to be a trainer?
It wasn’t so much that I wanted to coach – more that Drum had the faith in me to become a trainer. He said that I moved well and had a good eye for the movements and asked would I be interested in being a trainer for him. I was pretty excited to be asked and booked my test as soon as I could.
Tell us a little more about yourself outside of CrossFit?
Outside of Crossfit my life mostly revolves around my young family. My days off are spent doing things together to try and make my kids have great memories. I love camping, fishing and playing team sports such as basketball or footy. I love watching movies, and I do get into a little WWE wrestling too!
What sticks out to you as the most enjoyable part of every class at CF42s?
The most enjoyable part of every class is just the friendship that everyone has with each other. The way that everyone cheers their mates on to get through a workout is pretty special, no matter if they are first or last.
When I walk into the gym, the first person I check on the whiteboard is?
Its changed over the years, as my fitness levels go up and down. I more look at all the scores just to see how everyone has gone. To see whether people are getting fitter or achieving something they have struggled with, must be my coaching instincts.
Which trainer has the neatest handwriting?
Definitely not Razor!
What’s the worst thing you have been called by a trainer?
Drum once posted a photo of Chopsuey – my Asian cousin, I hated