Andrew Collier - Athlete of the Month September '18
The (on again off again) fantastic moustache man - Andy Collier! We've known this guy long enough to say his seasonal moustache is something to behold. If we had a moustache award it would go to that guy. Obviously we're easily distracted by facial hair, that being said, under neath the (sometimes) bristly exterior is an equally fantastic dude.
For first time readers a reminder, our athletes of the month are chosen based on their: perseverance in training, commitment to their health, and value they add to making this community awesome. Andy has shown all these qualities over the 3 + years he has been training here. In that time he has evolved as an athlete, showing progression in his strength, stamina, and resilience. He also shown his willingness to learn and improve, he is inquisitive about improving his movement. When you read his story, he even says it himself, he will choose good movement over heavey movment - we like that! We have also witness some massive milestones in his life, becoming a dad and starting his own business. Despite these massive life events he still shows up at The Ox Box, fighting to be the healthiest person he can be.
What we love and appreciate most of all about Andy, is his attitude when he walks through the door. He's always ready to have a friendly conversation and bring a positive vibe into the room.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
Quantity Surveyor - I let banks know if construction projects are feasible from a cost perspective.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I'm the most impatient person you have ever met. I use to walk to work because I couldn't be bothered waiting for a tram. Then it took to long when I was on it. I also love to cook and am very competitive.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD IN 2016?
I walk in the door and a class was mobilising after a workout. I noticed everyone looked across at me and someone said 'fresh meat'. I thought I walked into prison. Oddly enough I'm still a member.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
By fluke. I let my fitness drop off when I was at university and started working full time. I was looking for something other than the gym or footy training to keep me in shape. Anyway, I went out for a run and strained my ITB. I was looking for some home remedy and stumbled across Kelly Starrett and he kept talking about this CrossFit thing. So I googled it. The next week I joined a Box.
When I was younger Dad was always running or doing weights, so I guess I looked up to that. (He is 65 and does HIIT 6 nights a week, he's still got it). Mum was the woman who visited Primary-school and told you about healthy eating habits. So a decent grounding to a healthy life style. At school, I was involved in anything that involved sport (mainly because I wanted a day off). I was part of the athletics, swim and cross country teams, I played football, cricket, tennis and was even the volleyball captain (and yes, I'm only 5'10). I grew up in the country and after school, I had two choices: 1) wait at mum's work and do homework, 2) go to the gym/play sport. I always chose the second option. On the weekends to get out of the house I was playing a sport or going for a run. This active lifestyle lasted until I went to university, where I replaced a 5 days a week sports cycle with a 5 day a week drinking cycle; debasing the grounded healthy lifestyle I had developed. I think I always preferred longer workouts like long runs or high rep body-weight work etc. In CrossFit I prefer the chipper workouts that last +20 min.
I co-sleep with a teething 8 month old child. At the moment my main goal is to get as much sleep as possible.
I recently started my own business, so to have that not tank would be nice.
I'd like to be able to perform all the movements in crossfit well. Not necessarily at the heaviest weight or for the most reps but just to be able to move well in all the movements. Gymnastics movements are at the top of my list to improve.
WHATS HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
Anytime I beat Sam Cumming or Liam Dermody in a work out is a pretty good moment.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
Anything with GHD's or Murph.
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Hard to explain - The Strokes
Lonely boy - The Black Keys
This is America - Childish Gambino (good video clip)
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?
The future, I already know what happened in the past. Probably 1000 years from now. Just to see what possible.
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
Mid-morning, say 10 am.
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
Pirate, swashbuckling seems like a good way of life.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
Homemade chocolate fudge pudding served with cream
WHAT'S THAT INGREDIENT THAT YOU ALWAYS END UP ADDING TO YOUR DISHES?
Garlic and Parsley
IF YOU WERE IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE WHAT WOULD BE THE OBJECT YOU'D ALWAYS HAVE ON YOU?
My dog Boon, she hunts out dead things all the time (and then rolls in it)
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
GHD's or Murph
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
San Sebastian, Spain