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Member Profile – Alex Kuiumdjian

alex_kToday we’re talking to Alex Kuiumdjian, fresh from his trip to the Himalayas!

How long have you been a member at Reebok CrossFit 09?

I started around June 2013 but had a four month trip in between..

How did you end up walking through our doors for the first time? Was there a pivotal event that led you to us?

Haha the pivotal event would of been Tony Schollum and Leon Dickison badgering me at the company lunch room until I finally said yes.

Can you remember your first CrossFit experience? What was it like and how did you feel? Excited? Nervous?

I remember a few things, I remember being nervous about how tough it would be. When it finally came to the WOD it was one where you had (x) exercises to do as fast as possible and I was the last one doing it with a bunch of burpees to do, and the whole class watching. I finished it of course but I’ve never been so close to passing out / vomiting from exercise. Funnily enough it was from this point that I got hooked and I haven’t looked back..

What are your favourite training shoes?

7 year old running shoes, awesome

What are you doing when you aren’t CrossFitting?

Work and play I guess, try and go for nature walks when the weather is nice in the weekends

What has been one of the biggest things in your life that has changed since starting CrossFit?

Before CrossFit I hadn’t been to a gym regularly for about 3-4 years due to old injuries and surgery so I guess enjoying fitness and feeling energised all the time has been awesome!

What is your favourite CrossFit exercise and describe your perfect WOD?

I’m generally pretty good at leg exercises so anything leg focused really. I really enjoy the partner WODs and the short an intense work outs

What is your athletic background?

Fumbled around at the gym for about 3-4 years and played a bit of football and squash.

Is there a Reebok CrossFit 09 member who inspires you?

Gerald, that guy is a machine he’s always around and he manages to stretch out his work out from 1hr to 2+ without completely dying.

Greatest CrossFit accomplishment to date?

Ahhh hard question, I think the big thing for me is getting fit again and being able to exercise around all my old injuries.

You have just been on the most incredible world wide adventure, do you feel your CrossFit training helped with the exploring?

Yeah crossfit must of helped with hiking the Himalayas in Nepal. It was one of the most physically challenging things I have ever done, walked over 170km from an elevation of 800 meters to over 5400 meters in 18 days and I managed to love every second of it.

What would you like to have achieved at Reebok CrossFit 09 a year from now?

Be able to run, jump and lift heavy shit over my head without injuring myself

Interesting fact about yourself that most people may not know?

Ahhhhh I like to shoot deer and eat them

WORKOUT

A.

Axle Cleans/Stone shoulders

- play with increasing loads for 15mins

B.

50m Deadball Carry

30m Bear Crawl

50m Sled Drag

30m Bear Crawl

50m Farmers Walk

AMRAP in 20min

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