For today's RCF09 member profile, we're recycling a chat we had with Aaron Oxenham back when he was a member of CFNZ. He's kinda the strong, silent type, so now that he's training at 09, we thought this could be a good way to make sure everyone gets to know him better!!!
How long have you been a member at RCF09?
Joined CFNZ in May 2012 and then due to moving house, transferred to 09 this year.
How did you end up walking through our doors for the first time?
Was there a pivotal event that led you to us?
I joined up to another CrossFit box about 6 months earlier. I’d heard about
CFNZ and the machines that place churned out, and thought that sounded
like a bit of me. So when I moved into the area, I joined up there. Luckily when I moved again, they had opened up 09 nearby too!
Can you remember your first workout? What was it like?
In 2009, I took part in a corporate boxing fight night. It involved 12
weeks of training leading up to the event; taking you from having never been in a fight, to Muhammad Ali. Quite often training required me getting up at
4.30am to go to the boxing gym for sparring, followed by…CROSSFIT!
Guess who our trainer was? None other than Daz Ellis.
I can’t remember what the workouts were, but I do remember it being
damn hard, and I loved it so much more than getting punched in the face. I
was in the wrong sport......
What are you doing when you aren't CrossFitting? I work in IT so if I’m not at the gym, I’m either in class or on my computer trying to build a better matrix. I’m also employed by the Air Force to do this. Before study and Crossfit came
to take up most of my time, I spent a lot of my life either travelling for
work or on a random adventure in some crazy country, combined with
snowboarding wherever possible. (Editors note: Ox is currently on another random adventure in Nepal right now!!)
What has been one of the biggest things in your life that has changed
since starting CrossFit?
Crossfit has changed my whole attitude towards fitness, health, nutrition
and life in general. Life is too short to spend half of it in bed with a
hangover. Last year was also great being a student, which allowed me
to commit to CrossFit training more. For pretty much the last decade I’ve never really been able to join a gym or a club, with work sending me away quite a bit.
Hopefully I’ll still be around post-graduation…
I guess I’ve also noticed my strength and capacity has increased amazingly
over the last year as well......
Do you have any pre-WOD rituals? If so, what are they?
I go into my cave, and find my power animal..........Not really, I just go for it.
Describe your perfect workout?
I invented my own death WOD from my old house.
Run 4.5km to some (90) steps in Kohimarama/
Jacobs ladder [Run up steps, 20 pushups, run down, 10 burpees. x 10]/
Takes about 60 mins.
What type of music do you like to workout to?
Hard, fast, loud, angry.
What is your athletic background?
None really. I like to run, mountain bike, snowboard, stay fit. But was
never half as fit as I am now.
Is there a RCF09 member who inspires you?
No one member really. All the coaching staff and every member of the
comp club are fantastic support in training. It definitely helps when you
have an awesome crew to train, sweat and bleed beside every day, and
push you that extra bit. But most inspiring is that guy (or girl) who is still
yet to finish while the next class waits and watches. We’ve all been that
guy, and that guy is the man (or woman).
What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
Does running count as an exercise? Of course it does! If there is ever to be
a (Hero) WOD named after me, I’d like it to have a sh*tload of running
Greatest CrossFit accomplishment to date?
Probably competing at the CFAK games in 2012 and 2013. I thought I was going
to get owned, but managed to hold my own against some of the country’s
biggest CF athletes. (Editor butting in again: Ox has done exactly what is needed to make the gains; turned up every day consistently and worked hard, simple! He was narrowly pipped for the win at the NZ Military Champs last month and was also a member of the winning team at the NZ Team Nationals)
What would you like to have achieved at Reebok CrossFit 09 a year from
Hopefully still here, still striving for that ninja Level 9.
Interesting fact about yourself that most people may not know?
I’ve been to over 50 countries since 2008, some more than once. A few
more to go.
FITNESS & PERFORMANCE
5 Hang Power Cleans
5 Front Squats
In groups of 2-3, complete 3 sets each, taking turns to complete a whole set, and increasing weight each set if able.
AMRAP in 4mins
10 Ring Rows
AMRAP in 4mins
50 Single skips
10 Russian Swings
AMRAP in 4mins