An open letter by Coach Tom,
Jeremiah is a genuine guy, who takes his training seriously enough that he sees constant progress, but stays jovial enough that it's a fun time no matter what the WOD is. He is truly a name I love to see pop up on the Coachboard. From being extremely coachable, asking questions, hitting the intended stimulus, providing good conversation, and always doing his best to move well, he contributes a lot to the class environment.
He's the kind of guy to blitz a workout, and then turn straight to his classmates and find a genuine reason to credit them on something specific, all with a smile. Thanks Jem for training with us, and we can't wait to see how you keep on progressing going forward.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
I’m the venue manager at a pub and restaurant called the Kent Hotel in North Carlton, all Oxen welcome!
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I’m currently studying to be a sommelier (AKA massive wine nerd).
I’ve always had supersensitive taste buds. I used to be able to tell the difference between brands of milk my mum would buy when I was a kid, I thought I should probably put it to use!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD?
I walked in the door and Coach Josh was doing some weird ass mobility cooldown right in the middle of the box.... some things don’t change.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
Google! My old box closed down and I did the rounds at a few others, but liked the programming and facilities at Collingwood the most.
What has been a special/favourite moment in your CrossFit journey?
I guess if I had to pick a standout probably competing in the open this year for the first time (even if I missed the last 2 WOD’s from an elbow injury). The intensity and adrenaline doing those workouts was amazing.
I used to do cross country and play tennis at high school - then through uni I kept both of those up. I’ve always enjoyed keeping fit.
When I came back from living in Europe for a few years all those pints of cheap lager had finally caught up with me and for the first time in my life I realised I wasn’t fit anymore. I had a few friends back in the UK that all did CrossFit and they all raved about how good it was and it was the ultimate form of fitness.
I was always up for a challenge and I thought why not? I never realised how much I would enjoy it and how addictive it was.
Tell us about your CrossFit experience, and why you enjoy training
I guess it’s turned into my hobby! I really enjoy doing things that other people won’t do to make myself the best version of ‘me’ that I can be.
I enjoy the little achievements along the way, there are dozens of things I've done particularly over the past 12 months I never thought in a million years I could do before I started CrossFit. Rope climbs. Snatch 53kg. 45 unbroken double unders.
Even getting perfect pushups recently! Every few weeks I surprise myself with something I’d never been able to do before which makes all the training and hard work worth it.
Being happy with myself and honest to myself - as long as you’re a good person everything else will fall into place.
I want to own my own business and be my own boss. I’m pretty stubborn and hate being told what to do.
I guess the easy answer is to snatch 55kg, I’ve been working on that a lot over the past few months. But one thing coach James said to be in my academy classes last year was that its all about the small 1% gains and adjustments that make everything else fall into place.
I’ve really focused on the small things the last few months, and surprise surprise I’ve ever felt this fit strong and healthy! Wise words.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
Murph. Super hard physically and mentally but I love it.
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
What went down - FOALS
Wolf like me - TV on the radio
Knights of Cydonia - Muse
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 go back to 1927 to see my beloved Newcastle United win their last league title. That’s right, it’s been 92 long painful years. Likely to go on a little while longer too.
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
I train in the mornings normally but I find I perform better when I train in the evenings.
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
A meat lovers pizza from CRUST. Such a basic white boy I know.
WHAT'S THAT INGREDIENT THAT YOU ALWAYS END UP ADDING TO YOUR DISHES?
Garlic. And butter.
If you were in the Zombie Apocalypse what would be the object you'd always have on you?
2 samurai swords like Michonne from the walking dead.
You check the WOD and think, "HELL YEAH", the WOD has _______________ in it?
RUNNING. all day every day.
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
My persol sunglasses and an Aston Martin... basically 007.
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
JEM’S TIPS FOR READERS
Focus on the little things, then the big things tend to work themselves out.