Talking to Simone Johnson today! Simone has been in the CrossFit community for some time now, firstly with our sister gym CFNZ way back in 2010!! After a hiatus out of Auckland working as a teacher, she found her way back to CFNZ and now to us at 09. She has finally managed to coax her husband Scott along too, and it’s great to see them in to train together.
What is your favourite ‘treat’, food or otherwise?
I’m not a fan of ‘junk’ food as a treat, I’d rather not deal with the consequences it has on my body anymore, so these days (I sound old) for a treat I love paleo desserts, like ‘Paleo smoosh’ (coconut cream, chia seeds, cocoa, banana, vanilla essence). Mmmmm.
How long have you been CrossFitting and how long have you been a member at Reebok CrossFit 09?
I did 8 weeks at Pilkington Rd CFNZ in 2010 when I was on teaching practicum in Auckland (we were living in Hamilton at the time). Then for around two years I tried to incorporate Crossfit WODs into my fitness regime. I joined CFNZ 2 and a half years ago now! I’ve been at 09 for about a year J Time flies when you’re having fun!
How did you end up walking through our doors for the first time? Was there a pivotal event that led you to us?
I discovered Crossfit through the bodybuilding.com site and Googled to see if there was one in New Zealand. I was working towards competing in body sculpting at the time so was looking for something to make my workouts more interesting!
Can you remember your first CrossFit experience? What was it like and how did you feel? Excited? Nervous?
I was excited! I don’t remember exactly what it was, but remember being very surprised by how difficult it was, I thought I was pretty fit before but I found it really tough!
Is there a piece of training equipment you can’t live without?
My nanos! Love love love them.
What are you doing when you aren’t CrossFitting?
At the moment I work in the Marketing department at Ziera shoes so spend 4 days a week working there, then on Friday’s I’ve been taking a course in nutrition which I’ve just finished, so am now making steps to starting a business making people healthier, which I’m SO excited about!
Outside of work and training you’ll find me spending time with Scott, hanging at the ‘Mansh’(our oversized flat), or in another city for the weekend. I love socialising, being active and traveling.
What has been one of the biggest things in your life that has changed since starting CrossFit?
I’m so much stronger all over and I don’t train ANYWHERE NEAR as many hours as I used to!
The best thing that has been ADDED to my life are awesome, like-minded people that I’ve met through CrossFit who make working out so much more fun. Love you guys.
Are you a barbell or kettle bell lover?
And what is your all time FAVOURITE movement?
Handstand walking J
If you were told you had to do only one movement for 7mins straight.. for max reps.. what would you NOT like to see?
Pull ups. One day I’ll love them, but not at the moment, haha.
What is your athletic background?
I’ve loved sport forever. My parents were really encouraging of my sports and I’ve tried basically every sport there is, the ones I put significant effort into were gymnastics from age 4 – 12, swimming from 9-14, rowing from 14-20, and surfboat rowing 19-21.
What is it like having your now husband (CONGRATULATIONS!) Scott training with you on a regular basis? He is coming up on his 1 year anniversary! Did it take a little convincing to get him to come and give it a shot?
Thank you!! J It’s awesome having him training with me! It took me a long time to convince him to join. I kept telling him that he’d be so good at it because he’s naturally athletic and strong (he had a muscle up before starting CrossFit – jealous much!), but he was pretty busy with setting up his fishing show that he never thought seriously about joining. After joining me for partner workouts a few times and being a spectator at a couple of competitions, he decided that he’d join for good. It’s awesome that we can talk about Crossfit stuff together now and he can understand why I get so excited about WODs and PRs!
Is there a Reebok CrossFit 09 member who inspires you?
Morgan, Krista and Joelene, all 3 are superwomen!
Greatest exercise related accomplishment to date?
Competing at the HPU teams comp in the Rx division, and getting my first legless rope climb at the comp.
Interesting fact about yourself that most people may not know?
Most people that I meet don’t know what nationality I am, I was born in Auckland and am most NZ/European but somewhere down the line I had an Italian and a French ancestor, which is where my olive skin comes from.
3 x 6 e/leg
Max Wallballs 9/6kg
Max OH Walking Lunges 20/10kg
Max Slamballs 9/6kg
Back Squat 20RM
Russian Swing 24/16kg
Box Jump 60/50cm
of each x 3