Michael Van Uffelen - Athlete of the Month Nov '18
Michael Van Uffelen
Master Mike is one of our beloved, longer standing members.
He has shown excellent commitment to his training not only in his attendance, but his attentiveness in class, respect for coaches and the box as a whole, and his desire to improve daily.
Michael is a humble athlete and is always downplaying his achievements and strengths, and he can always be heard providing encouragement to fellow athletes.
Michael respects the movements, the standards, and the stimulus which is a big part of his incredible improvement across his time with us.
If you can navigate his heavy dutch accent, he is always happy to take the time to have a chat and a laugh with any member.
Anyway, enough from us, here are some words from the man himself...
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
I'm a Business Intelligence consultant. Which means that I am helping out companies in understanding what type of data they have available and what they can do with it. Still no clue?!? I'm making companies smarter by providing reports/insights based on data they didn't even know was available in their systems :-)
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
In my younger ages I loved to go to rave parties. Enjoying myself with a beer on the dance floor. Yes! I used to be on the dance floor, can you imagine?!?
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD?
When I first walked through the door, I met with Josh. Even though he didn't understand a word of what I was saying, because of my accent (nothing changed in the last four years :-)), he was a very welcoming and was taking me through my first foundation session. It was a good first session and one of the things I remembered is “how heavy is this 15Kg barbell....”
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
Simply searched for Crossfit boxes in the area and Crossfit Collingwood was the closest in my area.
Growing up as a child, I tried a few sports, but most of them I didn't enjoy. Born in The Netherlands, it is kind of mandatory to play football (or soccer as some people would like to call it), so I tried that for a year, but kicking a ball is not made for me. So I changed to tennis for a bit, but hitting a small ball with a racket, combined with my amazing hand-eye coordination, didn't seem to be the right sport for me either. Then I started doing Judo as self-defence, they also said this would help with practicing my fine motor skills and I ended up doing this for quite some years. Going to practice twice a week and playing a tournament once in a while. Unfortunately I never made it to the Olympics.
At some point I started combining this with handball, two times a week training and once a week a match. Even though I was smoking at the time, I was definitely at my fittest. Then Uni started...I quit the two sports I was enjoying for different reason and I substituted it for a global gym. I went twice a week with a mate to this gym, did the basics, more chatting then exercising and finishing off with some junk food and a beer (you need your carbs after exercising no?!?). At this time of my life, I seemed more interested in beers and going out then being active. I still ended up doing a yearly trip to the (European) Alps, so apparently I was still fit enough to climb up the mountains. At some point, I quit smoking, I gained some weight, but kept doing what I was doing - twice a week a social catch up at the globo gym.
Then just before I left the Netherlands, I got a little taste of CrossFit. My brother is a PT and he gave me (and Colette) a few sessions. Once arrived in Australia, I decided to never go to a globo gym anymore and once a job was secured, I joined CrossFit Collingwood. Started with three times a week, which quickly became 5 times a week (weekends were off) and after my first Crossfit Open, which meant waking up early on a Saturday, I kept going on Saturdays as well. I started eating healthier, lost the kilos that I gained since Uni, gained some muscle and now I am training 6 times a week, sometimes 2 hours a day. I am doing this with joy, because I know it keeps me fit and healthy!
I am doing CrossFit for nearly 4 years now and the thing I enjoy most is that everyday is different and I keep seeing progress. Also the Ox Box community is great, they really helped me settle here in Australia.
Getting more time for my little one. Because he loves daddy time and it's amazing to see him growing up happily.
I would like to get a job which involves less development and more mentoring/coaching/leading, because I've done enough boring development work.
I want to solve my shoulder injury, because its bugging me for a long time now. Also once it's solved, it will help in my second goal and that's having a 100Kg Clean and Jerk.
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
My first muscle up! Mainly because I got it months before my brother got his first and he has been doing CrossFit for so much longer then me!
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
Anything with thrusters. I don't know why, but somehow I just love them.
YOU CHECK THE WOD AND THINK “HELL YEH” THE WOD HAS:
NO double unders
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
I'm not a big music guy, so I am OK with anything as long as it's not on Tommy's list (To much Kanye :-))
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 past. Bet on a sports event and be rich(er).
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
I prefer mornings. But sometimes you need to sacrifice
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
Pirate. Because I love the sea... and rum
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
Burgers and fries as long as the fries are crunchy.
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?
My running shoes, so I can run away from them.
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
An ice axe and a kettle bell
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
A white sandy beach in the Carabean.