Liam Dermody - Athlete of the Month Jan '19
No other lifting face compares to Liam Dermody’s. Aside from having the best lifting face, he also has a great heart. Liam was unanimously chosen by the coaches to receive our “Heart of the Box” Award in 2018. Athletes who receive this award show genuine care and support for their fellow Oxens. They are always bright, energetic and most importantly, coachable. The Heart of the Box Oxen brings a positive attitude to the box and to their training. Liam embodies all of these attributes and is truly a spectacular member and an impressive athlete.
Warning: Photos will make you want to lift your face game.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
Public servant (read: I've spent entirely too much time in Canberra)
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I worked as a movie projectionist with old 35mm film back in the day. And before you ask, I didn't "Fight Club" any of the movies, but I did splice out frames from the film to create a questionably legal collection. Was definitely any easier gig than when I used to coax urine samples out of drug users detained at police stations for research...
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD?
I did a drop-in with Kiwi Kev at the helm. I remember being taken back about how welcoming it was. Most crossfit boxes are friendly, but the Ox Box had a genuineness to it. Pretty much the entire class came up to say hello. Mads Knight was like the unofficial Ambassador of the box, introducing me to people like it was a diplomatic function.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
Good ol Google
My family had a rule that you had to play a sport all year round, but you could do whatever you wanted. I chose baseball which I played for over 10 years as well as a short stint in Rugby Union. When my best mate needed to get his fitness up to scratch so he could pass the police entry physical, we took ourselves off to the gym where we spent many an hour doing quarter depth squats, thinking we were going to be the next Ronnie Colemans. After almost 10 years grinding away with sweaty headphones, I wanted something more. Something that motivated me, that I could develop at. I swallowed my pride (I had some pretty harsh preconceived notions about crossfit) and jumped into a class. I was instantly hooked. That was September 2014 and I haven't looked back.
Training is my mediation. The intensity of Crossfit and the Ox Box's community help lift my head out of whatever problems might be going on in the outside world and focus my mind on something positive.
To be the Dad my kids deserve.
To be surrounded by people who inspire me.
My main goal is to keep showing up until I'm old and disgusting. They'd better have a lifting platform at my retirement village is all I'm saying.
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
Redoing Open WOD 15.4. When it came up in the open, I didn't even bother doing the workout as I couldn't even do one of the required 80+kg cleans. That weight seemed so ridiculous. Cut to a year or so later and I was able to get through the workout with confidence. It really demonstrated that with time and persistence you can do things you thought were well out of your reach.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
YOU CHECK THE WOD AND THINK “HELL YEH” THE WOD HAS:
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Tints - Anderson.Paak
Legend Has It - Run the Jewels
Let's Get Married - Jagged Edge
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?
Future. I want to see interstellar travel dammit!
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
Ninja - they be gymnasty!
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
WHAT'S THAT INGREDIENT THAT YOU ALWAYS END UP ADDING TO YOUR DISHES?
Avocados. It's an expensive habit....
IF YOU WERE IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE WHAT WOULD BE THE OBJECT YOU'D ALWAYS HAVE ON YOU?
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
My bike and my thumb tape.
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
LIAM’S TIPS FOR READERS
Lemon juice helps balance out your dish if you over salt it.