Adam Rice - Athlete of the Month Apr '19
Adam Rice aka Mr Rice
(i have often wondered if the nickname happened due to the ever dashing pepper hair)
An open letter by Coach Josh,
Mr Rice is the 2nd longest standing member of The Ox Box much to his disgust. He has made no secret, that he will be hanging around to claim the title of No. 1 if ever they decide to leave. After a hiatus for an extended overseas trip it was so good to see him back for his triumphant first workout post break.
So why athlete of the month?
I have had the honour of sharing many amazing moments through his health and fitness journey. I was reminded of my favourite recently as I was going through some old photo’s. I came across what was his “fat photo” before we started working together to better his nutritional habits. It was like looking at a different person. What was placed into focus was the persistence and perseverance that Mr Rice can exude. See, whatever information I provided in helping him shed the weight, it was HIS willingness and commitment that had him achieve the results.
Over the many years of working together, the ups and downs, it is this amazing quality that continues to shine through. As he now works through the work life balance and improving the strength of his back, it is that same commitment to his mobility that will see the results occur, not by some quick fix but by determination and resolve just as his showed when losing the weight.
I am incredibly grateful for his courageous walking of the gang plank when he first came into the studio and the trust that he continues to show me to be able to contribute to his health and fitness.
As I write this it is hard to convey the love I have for this man, and a genuine respect for who this man is. Spending time talking to him will always make my day better, so if you have not had the chance yet, make sure you go over and say hello. It will be worth your while… no pressure Mr Rice :)
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
I keep my fingers in many pies but my passion lies in taking ideas for web applications and turning them into viable products.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Many naturally assume that I put a lot of effort into my hair but I actually wake up like this. What you really don't know, however, is that I use my hair as a distraction from my inadequacies. For instance, I pretty much have the world's smallest tongue. I also have trouble breathing out of my oddly shaped nasal cavities. As a child, I lost a plastic wall plug up there and was too embarrassed to tell anyone about it. It was found by a doctor at much later date when investigating bad breath. My mother keeps the (mouldy) evidence in an album with all of my first teeth.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD?
When I arrived, the concrete was still wet. I started walking the plank to towards some friendly faces but Josh quickly ran over to save me from an inevitable fall into the mirky waters below. Years have past but I'm pretty sure Josh looked deep into my eyes and whispered "I got you"... or maybe it was "you got taco on you"... I just can't remember.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
The founders painted the town purple in one of the most prolific examples of Guerrilla Marketing in the history of Collingwood.
You could expect to find the movie of my life under Cliché Every-person Tales Of Childhood Insecurity leading to a sophomore release within Understanding Of Self Actualised Through Typical 30s Adversity. When I joined CrossFit Collingwood, my goals were driven by body issues. While this is a poor lens from which is view the path—and most likely the reason for previous failures—I'm grateful that it got me in the door.
The first step in my development was learning the difference between diet and nutrition through the Precision Nutrition course. The combination of finally understanding why I couldn’t lose weight when I thought I was eating “correctly” and the terrifying knowledge that Josh was watching me at all times lead to a more than 25KG loss. This was actually life changing for me—it may have only placed a cover over broader issues of well-being but at least it made me happier and reduced my cognitive load—and I’m confident this created the space for further development.
Given a new sense of encouragement, I’m pretty sure I missed the point of CrossFit. I was driven to keep posting bigger numbers on the bar but without the balance of mobility. As someone who has always been a desk worker, I’ve long struggled with back pain that I would push through because, you know, I was so tough. The combination of an unsuitable work environment and trying to do more than I should lead to a bulging disc and a year off. Probably the worst part of this was the knowledge that I could blame the desk all I liked but, if I had done what I was told, this could have been avoided.
Listen to your coaches…. they know shit!
Yeah, mobility takes time and, if you have a busy life, it can be hard to fit it in but give a few months screaming in pain a try and decide which you prefer.
I spent most of 2018 travelling in Europe. My goal was to slow down a bit and take some stress off, but it actually lead to a period of self-analysis. I’ve returned with a slow and steady plan for 2019 and, while I push myself, I’m pushing within my limits. I sincerely missed exercising last year and never felt quite right without it. While some incredible athletes do CrossFit, CrossFit is about feeling better and living longer. Not being hung up on the ℞ weight and applying the intent of the workouts to where I’m at has made me far happier than I’ve ever been. But don’t get me wrong, if you’re a little better than me, watch your back, I’m coming for you.
Travelling taught me I need to relax more… and travel more. Not only do I find that I’m just a nicer person when I have some balance in my life, but I like myself a whole like more. So far this year, I’ve done a pretty good job of slowing down, but there is plenty of room to do better so I’ll keep chipping away at it.
I’ve set myself some pretty ambitious goals for the next year. I’d like to almost double my income while further reducing my hours. I’m a director of three businesses and can see areas I can focus on to find the growth but won’t be allowing myself to fall back into old work patterns—I’m really looking forward to the challenge. Will I achieve it? I guess I’ll have to be good enough to fill out this survey again in a year for you to find out.
I’m really honoured to be following Tammy because I pretty much just want to be her. This year is all about enjoying the journey, being happy, and bringing greater consistency to all areas of my health and fitness.
WHY DO YOU ENJOY TRAINING AT THE OX BOX?
There is so much to love. There are the community and encouragement—I’ve always felt connected to the people at CrossFit Collingwood. I also get bored pretty quickly, so the diversity suits me perfectly. But, even if I’m playing it cool on the outside, I’ve got 0 internal chill, so I’ll be celebrating every little PB.
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
One Open, the box took a photo of Sam Cumming, the late Dan Edgar (lost to Sydney), and I laughing (clearly I’d said something super hilarious). That photo made its way to my Tinder profile (not sure I got permission for that one, soz) and then a cute lady was like “oh ddddaaaammmmmnnnnn, look at him”, and so now I’m not single. I think that’s pretty special. CrossFit Collingwood, bringing hearts together since at least 2016.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
I love getting better at the things I’m terrible at. It would be hard to design a workout that tests my weaknesses better than Murph, and so it’s always been a favourite. Maybe if they replaced the squats with burpees or something.
YOU CHECK THE WOD AND THINK “HELL YEH” THE WOD HAS:
Snatch. Every gain I’ve ever had with snatch has come from getting better at technique. When I was trying to beat my last PB, the bar would float up to my eyes, but I just couldn’t drop under it. It’s such a no-bullshit lift—it doesn’t matter the size of the guns you bring, the snatch will disarm you.
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Mid-WOD, I’m all about hard and fast beats; I never got sick of the year when Pendulum was on permanent rotation. For the other 50 minutes, however, I’m bringing strong women with funky beats:
• Offence — Little Simz
• Like Sugar — Chaka Khan
• New breed — Dawn Richard
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
WOULD YOU GO BACK IN THE PAST OR GO INTO THE FUTURE AND WHY? WHICH TIME PERIOD WOULD YOU GO TO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I’d probably go back a decade and tell myself to stop drinking and put all that money into Bitcoin farming.
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
Midday breaks up the day
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
I’d much rather be a ninja—although I’d probably be an early Naruto pigging out on ramen and generally considered to be a bit of a dick but can release the power of a Silver Fox in a time of need. Fantasies aside, I think we know I’m more likely to be a drunken idiot walking a plank (and stories comes back around).
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
Oh, pizza for days. But none of that all-the-toppings-with-a-stuffed-crust shit, just a couple of top quality ingredients and a wood fire.
WHAT'S THAT INGREDIENT THAT YOU ALWAYS END UP ADDING TO YOUR DISHES?
I used to be a hardcore chilli addict. These days I’m a lot more moderated, but I still love a little bit of a tingle.
IF YOU WERE IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE WHAT WOULD BE THE OBJECT YOU'D ALWAYS HAVE ON YOU?
Shoes? My limited understanding is that zombies are not particularly agile, I feel like I could basically just speed walk away.
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
I’m a walking stereotype; give me a Mac covered in stickers and some noise-cancelling headphones.
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Iceland. It’s like being on another planet; it’s gorgeous. Maybe one day I’ll even get around to putting up travel photos.
ADAM’S TIPS FOR READERS
Filling out the Athlete of the Month survey can take some time if writing doesn’t come naturally to you. When Leish tells you to do it on the weekend, listen to her.