Aleisha Brooke - The Ox Box Crew '18
Our fabulous Studio Manager. In charge of making sure everything runs smoothly and songs are not overplayed. She laughs at herself and she dances like your dad.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOU ROLE AT THE OX BOX?
Studio Manager & Social Media
WHY DO YOU ENJOY WORKING AT THE OX BOX?
Because when large boxes get delivered I’m allowed to try and see if I fit inside them.
Truly, this space challenges me to be a better leader, organiser, and communicator. In that way I enjoy the environment that supports my growth (hopefully not too big - got to fit into those boxes you know).
I’ve alway wanted to be in the Health Industry if I wasn’t to be an artist. My mum and sister are nurses, so it must be in our blood.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
That I like to see if I fit inside boxes? I’m a private person, and do things solo, so I can’t imagine people know much about me. I have a degree in Fine Art. I can paint things when I have the heart to try, though the moments are rare now. I love painting with Blue.
Also, I enjoy Japanese Anime (subtitles not dubbed) mostly Studio Ghibli and Takatoshi Hamano. I think Japanese language is beautiful, if I had my time again I would learn it.
This is something Renee once told me when I was having a distressing time coping with an interaction.
I had given this person a lot of authority and I had given them a lot of power over how I judged myself.
This person, that I held up so high, was just a person. I didn’t owe them anything, let alone power over my self-esteem. Once I realised what I was doing, I realised I was doing that with not just people, but things.
I’d like to add “No one has power over how you feel about yourself, but you”.
I think people struggle with this one a lot, I know I do. For example, if you think someone is making you feel shit, it’s probably cause you do feel shit about being shit. There is an element of personal truth that you need to acknowledge and let go, and not hold other people accountable for. Alternatively, if you know for a fact you’re not being a shit, but you’re put in a position to feel so, then thats on them not you. Try to emotionally remove yourself from the interaction. Not everyone is out to hurt you, they might just be hurting themselves.
I did athletics and gymnastics when I was young (before high-school), and was pretty good at cross-country. Entered high-school and turned my focus to academics. I would say the most exercise I got then was doing my 40 min bicycle ride to and from school (Gold Coast is hilly). After high school, I got a little chubby because apparently, you shouldn’t eat vegan pancakes every day. On my birthday my nan greeted me by pinching my sides and said “getting a bit fat”. I then started to run along beaches and used park benches for weird sit-up movements. I then also dealt with a host of mental and eating problems. After enough shit things went down in Gold Coast I decided to leave the toxicity and moved to Melbourne. After living here a year I made a new years resolution to join a sport! I found Crossfit Collingwood/ The Ox Box, I had never experienced such fantastic results and such a supportive community. I enjoy CrossFit training most of all because it helps with my physical and mental health. The Ox Box is not just about addressing your physical weaknesses but also contributing to developing your mental strength.
Work on being mentally and physically healthy. Constantly working on improving myself to be a better person around others and kinder person to myself.
Be a better organiser. Also be more firm but also kind leader to my crew. Finish my Bachelor in Psychology and philosophy.
Presently, doing the best I can given how crowded my life is and how tired I feel.
I would like to be strong enough to pull myself onto the edge of a cliff! Laura Croft style!
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
For the first time, doing a chipper WOD with Renee while listening to dance beats.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
Don’t have one… I like grinders e.g 40 min sled push, sled pull, GHD SU, Dead Ballss etc.
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Flaunt it - TV Rock, Seany B
Bangarang (feat. sirah) - Skrillex, Sirah
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 feel like the past wasn’t a great time to be a female. If I was a man I would be go see the 1920’s and dress like a gangsta. Maybe, I would talk to past self and give her a big hug and show her how strong she will be one day.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
Weet-bix! Or Apple pie.
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?
Axe. Not only effective weapon that doesn’t need re-loading but a good survival tool.
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
Motor Bike and Cup of coffee
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Climbing a volcano!