Mechanics, Consistency and only then intensity is a catchphrase you hear the coaches throwing around the Box and this AOM is an embodiment of just that.
CrossFitter of mornings and a purveyor of the most sought after drug in Melbourne by day (aka Allpress coffee), I have had the pleasure of plenty 1 on 1 time with this legend since joining us at The Ox Box, it has truly been a awesome watching his progress and dedication to getting shit done right and improving where it needs to happen.
Congratulations, on being our Athlete of the Month. You deserve this moment!
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
I work in Sales and Business Development for Allpress Espresso. A day in the life includes drinking loads of coffee, eating delicious food and saying 'no' very nicely.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
My accent tells a wee bit of a lie.
I grew up in a tiny English town called Spalding in Lincolnshire (UK), but got out of there as soon as I could. Cool fact is that the town is build on historic fenland and sits at six meters below sea level. That really is the only most interesting thing about the place, other than the Flower Parade of course.
Once I escaped Spalding, I lived in the US for seven years studying, and then coasted around Europe for a few, until I met a girl and landed in Australia in 2009 - a cliched story I know, but for as long as I can remember I've sounded a little Australian so I guess it's quite fitting I now call Melbourne home.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD?
I booked a catch up with Josh after work. When I arrived the gym was empty but for Coach Kev doing some weird weightlifting movements on the back platforms. It was pretty impressive but also rather intimidating. Not a chance I could do that. Josh reassured me that snatching my body weight on the first day wasn't expected, and that mastering those sorts of movements was a slow process, taking years of practice to master. I liked that, and signed up on the spot.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
The Urban List's best Crossfit Studio's list (https://www.theurbanlist.com/melbourne/a-list/melbourne-s-best-crossfit-studios)
I grew up playing most team sports and was pretty average at them all - "he tries really hard" was the best my under 10's rugby coach could muster. After a while I started to gravitate to individual sports and ended up being a little better than average at tennis. It was very good to me and opened the door to finishing high school in London, and then move to the US on a scholarship with the Mighty Weber State Wild Cats in Utah (teeny bit of sarcasm should be read here). This was my first exposure to strength and conditioning, and a very intense, alpha male, Drill Sergeant-of-a-coach who managed to put me right off the weight room and organised training for a solid ten years.
I love the process of CrossFit. Every movement has a foundation or is a building block to another movement and while its not always easy to see, its awesome to see and feel the results in time.
I'll be a Dad for the first time in June, so working out how to be good at that is the goal for the next little while.
Never be too busy. From what I've seen those who find good balance never seem to to put too much weight on being busy, but instead they're intentional.
Muscle ups are the next goal. They looked so far out of reach when I started two years ago, but edge a little further each week.
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
Getting my first strict pull up would be a highlight.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
Murph - it's simple and brutal.
YOU CHECK THE WOD AND THINK “HELL YEH” THE WOD HAS:
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Born Slippy - Underworld
Hey Boy Hey Girl - Chemical Brothers
Breathe - The Prodigy
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?
To the future because I’m not good with surprises.
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
Pirate - for the rum.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
Andrew's Hamburgers in Albert Park
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?
Cricket bat - practical and fun
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
Kettle and coffee
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?