How long have you been with us at CF42s?
Just on 2 years.

How were you introduced to CrossFit?
I had a number of friends doing it; I was questioning them for a long time before I made the jump across. I was a little unsure as I heard there was skipping etc involved. One of my mates said he was doing an on-ramp, so I jumped on board with him and you’ve been stuck with me ever since.

Tell us a bit about your sporting and training background before joining CF42s
I have always been into sport and fitness and have always given everything a go. I played a lot of football with North Hobart and University. I loved the gym but I also love the water, swimming, underwater hockey, wake boarding and kite surfing. Believe it or not I was never a runner and hated it.

You seem to love the long and tough Hero WODs. What is your favourite Hero WOD, and why do you enjoy these so much?
I don’t really have a favourite as I like to try a new one when I can. I like the ones that are broken up with a run and have 3-4 different movements in it.
I think I enjoy them as I guess I feel I am mentally strong and have an engine and that’s what you need for Hero WODs. You have to plan them but also continue to push yourself for anything up to an hour.

If ‘Nicho’ was a Hero WOD, what would it be?
It would include running and shoulders…
For Time:
Run 1.6km
15 Wall Ball
9 Shoulder to O’Head (70/45kg)
6 Front Squats (70/45kg)
3 Rope Climbs
Run 800m
15 Wall Ball
9 Shoulder to O’Head
6 Front Squats
3 Rope Climbs
Run 400m
15 Wall Ball
9 Shoulder to O’Head
6 Front Squats
3 Rope Climbs
Run 200m
15 Wall Ball
9 Shoulder to O’Head
6 Front Squats
3 Rope Climbs

You are responsible for our coffee machine – ‘Nicho’s Nespresso’ – how did this
come about?

Nichos’s Nespresso all started with the idea of a kettle and some instant coffee – I’ve been told it is now the top selling coffee machine in Patrick Street.

Do you have any other big plans for CF42s that we should know about?
Funnily enough I recently suggested to Drum about putting up some chin up bars on the outside wall for the summer. I also once googled protein dispensing machines (using The Naked Co. of course).

You have just returned from your first CrossFit competition the ‘Pan Pacific Masters Games’; tell me about the competition:
It was up on the Gold Coast a couple of weeks ago, it was 9 WODs over 3 days and it was bloody hot. It was held outside in an athletics stadium. I finished 12th overall and was certainly not disappointed with my performance. The WODs ranged from 1rm Lifts, chippers and smaller AMRAPs. I was fortunate that I could do all the movements and put some good scores on the board. The heat was hard to get used to; it was 35 degrees everyday with the sun in your face. It just made everything a little more challenging. I finished with 6 top ten placings with a best of 4th which was a run and swim WOD. It was a completely different environment, very professional with hundreds of athletes.

What did you learn? What were the big takeaways from your experience?
It was an amazing experience, there was so much to take in. I was like a sponge;
absorbing as much information, tips and learning as much as I could. It made me
realise how hard you have to work to be competitive. It certainly put me in my place
in regards to my fitness and where I am at with CrossFit.
The main thing that stood out was how lucky we are at CF42s to have such
professional and supportive coaches. I encourage anyone to get out there and have a
go – you will never embarrass yourself – just like at CF42s the CrossFit community
really rallies behind one another, this was seen on so many levels over that weekend.

Why did you want to compete?
I like a challenge but more so I wanted a goal, something to aim and train for. So I
decided back in August that I would have a crack. I just figured with the amount of
training we do it would be good to test yourself against others away from the box.

Will you look to compete again?
Absolutely, it has started a fire in my belly to continue to challenge myself. I will
look at finding a number of competitions throughout 2015.

I understand there was some other big news which came from your weekend

Haha yes – well that didn’t go as planned… I popped the question to Brooke.
I like to think I can be a bit of a romantic so on the last night up there I had it all
planned out as to how I would do it; as well as a plan B, C and D in case anything
changed. Somehow Brooke managed to ruin not only plan A but also B, C and D so I
ended up proposing over a cup of tea and some Arnott’s Biscuits.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I don’t have any secret talents apart from training dolphins overseas (that’s a story for
another day). I am complete OCD when it comes to cleaning and organising things, I
hate a mess and things out of place. Everything has to be in order and cleaned up. I
have been known to have my coffee cup next to the kettle ready to go in the morning.
Lets just say the rubix cube and I don’t have a good relationship and my mother often
tells me I would clean the plate out from under you before you finish dinner. Not a
bad habit I guess. Oh and I hate coriander, that stuff wiped out the dinosaurs…FACT!

When I walk into the gym, the first person I check on the whiteboard is?
Depending on what is on that day, once upon a time it was Cam but sadly he has left
us to eat pizza and drive a big red truck. Lately I check out Charlie G, the dude is a
weapon and as he is a lot younger it is good to see if I can chase him down or come
close. That dude is fit, fast and strong (and a lot younger *cough cough*) so it is a
good challenge.

WOD with you shirt on or off?
I always start with shirt on but depending on the WOD and heat there are times I will
take it off. More on than off.

What is the best/worst thing you have been called by a trainer?
I have been called many things during my time at the box but I remember when I first
started and didn’t know Drummond that well I came out of a handstand hold he
walked up to me and with this weird look on his face he told me I was ‘twisted’ – I
found out later that he meant my body was twisted.