An open letter by Coach Josh,
With over 370 workouts under his belt, Brian is a straight up pleasure to coach and have in our training environment. I love having him in my morning 5:30am class (see below) because of his lack of ego and desire to make small improvements each and every single session. This is what it is all about, training being apart of ones lifestyle, not just something that you have to do.
Brian has been consistently be doing extra work with coach Renee around all things health and fitness for over a year now with amazing growth not only inside the studio but outside, improving his nutrition and recover has really lead to his major improvements in the studio.
Keep it up my man!
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
I'm an actuary (prizes to anyone who knows what that is!). Basically I make financial projections to help insurance companies / Super Funds manage their balance sheets and financial risks. At the moment I'm working for a large Australian insurer providing technical pricing guidance to assist portfolio strategy.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
So, there are 'tree tings' people probably don't know about me:
- I'm from Ireland
- I have an accent
- I love a good potato
Other trivial info:
- I arrived in Melbourne in Jan '17 after 7 months of travelling. I only intended to stay for a few months
- now I'm practically a local.
- I hitch hiked solo through Central America in 2016.
- My brother also lives in Melbourne with his Aussie wife and I'm an uncle to 3 Aussie children.
- I'm an uncle to an adorable dog called Finn!
- I've almost perfected the pronunciation of 'TH'.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD?
Josh welcomed me and we sat down to talk about why I chose Crossfit and what my goals were. I remember specifically asking about The Ox box approach to technique and good form. Josh reassured me they take technique very seriously and I was sold.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
What has been a special/favourite moment in your CrossFit journey?
First Ox Box open - the camaraderie and the buzz in the box is amazing.
I guess I would have to say I was a late bloomer when it comes to sports & fitness. I wasn't really 'sporty' until I was about 14 years of age and realised I was fat! So I just got up and started running (Forest Gump style).
After a few years of running and smashing 5km / 10km goals I decided to take on the Dublin marathon in 2010. After a respectable time and a very sore body, I realised long distance wasn't for me and that the body wasn't designed to run 42km in one go. So I started branching into the gym. I was never much of a gym goer pumping weights (I know, you can hardly tell), I always found gyms kinda boring. So I mainly stuck to the classes (body pump, conditioning, yoga etc) and kept up my running on the side.
FINALLY - I found Crossfit (insert heavenly sound here). My London flatmate Matt introduced me to it. I dabbled in it for about a year and realised this was exactly the type of gym I wanted to be part of. It had a good mix of conditioning, strength and mobility so it ticked all the boxes. In addition, the box is a community so you get to know the people you're working out with.
After about a 2 year break from Crossfit, I eventually picked it up again at The Ox box and haven't looked back since!
Tell us about your CrossFit experience, and why you enjoy training
After a few months training in The Ox box, I was seeing some great improvements, but I also realised if I wanted to Rx the WODs I needed to put in some extra work and that's when I started PT work with Renee.
The improvements in the past year have been amazing - first muscle up, toes to bar, HSPUs, overhead squat (never thought this was possible), squat snatch and all round better mobility. I can also dabble a bit more in the Rx space too. Thanks Renee :D
I like that we just need to turn up at the box and all the programming is worked out, you don't have to think. Phones are left behind and you can just concentrate on health and fitness for 1 solid hour.
Managing to find that balance between work, relationships and health. We can too easily let ourselves be switched on all the time and personal life tends to suffer.
I'd like to lead a team in my area of expertise. I like engaging with people and have a passion for encouraging people to meet their full potential.
I want to be able to Rx all 5 workouts in the next Open. After the last open, I reviewed all previous open workouts from the past 5 years and noted all Rx movements I currently can't do. Then I gave Renee the list and said these are my goals!
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
Any workout that doesn't have burpees.
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Ubu - Methyl Ethel
17 - MK
This Charming Man - The Smiths
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 the 50s/60s post war boom. This era has always fascinated me. I'd probably just drive around in a Mustang and party.
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
Mornings - but never 5:30, that's ridiculous.
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
Ninja - have you seen how fit they are?!
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
hot chips, hot chips, hot chips
WHAT'S THAT INGREDIENT THAT YOU ALWAYS END UP ADDING TO YOUR DISHES?
Salted Butter (side note - whoever created unsalted butter should be shot)
If you were in the Zombie Apocalypse what would be the object you'd always have on you?
24Kg Kettlebell - smashing skulls and smashing goals
You check the WOD and think, "HELL YEAH", the WOD has _______________ in it?
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
A sword (because it looks cool) and a cape (because it looks cool)
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Anywhere in the northern hemisphere - for some sun. Lucky I'm off to the States this month.
BRIAN’S TIPS FOR READERS
BURPEES - THEY NEVER GET EASY!