James Clift - The Ox Box Crew '18
Cool, calm, collected. James provides a voice of reason backed by over a decade of experience and a multitude of seminars and courses. Famous for his incredible whiteboard diagrams and amazing mobility first thing in the morning.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOU ROLE AT THE OX BOX?
I’m a Coach (teaching all types of classes). I take the morning and midday classes, teaching and guiding people towards their fitness goals.
WHY DO YOU ENJOY WORKING AT THE OX BOX?
The members and the crew are amazing, there’s a lot of really positive energy and everyone is very easy to work with.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Prior to CrossFit, I did skateboarding, indoor soccer, and beach volleyball.
I have flown in a Russian WW2 plane.
I have been training people since I was about 17. On lunch breaks and free periods at school I would train the other guys in the school gym
Started lifting weights at home when I was 15, joined the gym at 16 and was obsessed from there. I became a Personal Trainer in 2007 and have been in gyms ever since. I love all types of fitness hence my attraction to CrossFit.
I started taking an interest in CrossFit in about 2011. I saw clips on YouTube of the Crossfit Games and I was hooked immediately. I love the idea of having such broad fitness, to me, it is the hallmark of a true athlete to be able to handle any physical situation.
Just to have a good balance in all areas, stay happy, healthy and train to get as good as I can at CrossFit. Also, continue having and building my relationship with my wife, family and friends.
Just to help teach as many people as possible to love health and fitness as much as I do. I know how much health adds to the value of my life, and I want others to feel that too.
The big goal is to compete at as high a level as possible in the sport of CrossFit, but that really comes second to basic Health. I would never put my self at excessive risk just to get ahead, nor would I be tempted to use PED’s, it's got to be about health first.
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
Any of the times I have competed. I love the whole process of prepping for months then executing at well as possible on the day. Another favourite moment was getting to go to LA and watch the CrossFit games in 2012
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
My favourite benchmark is “Amanda” (9,7,5 muscle ups/squat snatches @135#), but I do love some basic heavy back squats, simple is better.
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Joker and the Thief - Wolfmother
Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine
Lose Yourself - Eminem
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 would go back to the day the assault bike was invented and punch that guy in the face!
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
WHAT'S THAT INGREDIENT THAT YOU ALWAYS END UP ADDING TO YOUR DISHES?
IF YOU WERE IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE WHAT WOULD BE THE OBJECT YOU'D ALWAYS HAVE ON YOU?
Swiss army knife
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
A barbell and an esky full of food.
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Banff in Canada. I’ve never been and it looks amazing. Definitely a bucket list item for me.