Athlete Profile – Paul de Quaasteniet

pauldqWhat is your favourite food based treat?

Pizza (Mt Albert Sal Rose make a great Paleo pizza)

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

7 months

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

I had a challenging year with running a consulting business, working out of Auckland a lot and completing some study (MBA)…health and fitness had taken a massive back step and I needed to hit the reset button – Crossfit was the perfect way to get the ball rolling.

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

I walked into Crossfit and it was closed (maybe that was a sign). Penny and Gerald were there and gave me a run down and tour, they were awesome! I tried a Saturday class – good fun and everyone was so friendly and encouraging, slightly different from your average gym. Can also remember feeling sore the next day.

Is there a piece of training equipment you can't live without?

Meena the Physio – works incredible magic and has fixed me up faster than any other Physio I’ve ever worked with.

What are you doing when you aren't CrossFitting?

Having fun working with some awesome, talented people and spending quality time with my wonderful wife, cool little 6 year old son and friends. 

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

Managing stress levels a lot better…and have been able to fit into some great suits that had previously shrunk on me.

Are you a barbell or kettle bell lover? 

I’ve spent some time with the kettle bell but I don’t think its going to work out between us….the barbell is definitely the one for me.

And what is you all time FAVOURITE movement?

I love the back squat. I always avoided the back squat at the gym…if only I knew then what I know now.

If you were told you had to do only one movement for 7mins straight.. for max reps.. what would you NOT like to see?

Dumbbell lunges…hate these with a passion.

What is your athletic background?

Years ago I played rugby internationally and worked as a ski (snow) instructor overseas.

Is there a Reebok CrossFit 09 member who inspires you?

All the rockstars obviously! Krista for her incredible positivity….and Anton Maisey from CFNZ who is living proof that you’re never too old or slow to take up Crossfit. 

Greatest exercise related accomplishment to date?

5 pull-ups….slow progress from zero but I’ll keep chipping away! 

Interesting fact about yourself that most people may not know?

Lived and worked in the Middle East for 8 years and was working for a large American oil and gas company when 911 took place….we had some intense evacuation plans ready to be activated.



1) Scap Jacked routine

2) 1 Wallwalk, 5 Shrugs, 5 Hollow to Arch rolls, 3 rounds

3) 5 Ring Row Hip Pops, 5 Ring MU transitions, 5 side rolls, 3 rounds


Tempo Ring Dips

Strict TTB/Dragon Flags


30 Double Unders

50m Waiters Walk

30 Double Unders

50m Front Rack Carry

2-3 rounds

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