How long have you been a member at Reebok CrossFit 09?
Since January 2014
How did you end up walking through our doors for the first time? Was there a pivotal event that led you to us?
A friend signed me up for a trial class right in-front of my eyes, after I showed interest in her enthusiasm for cross-fit. I think I am slowly getting somewhere with CrossFit, but long ago gave up on the girl.
Can you remember your first CrossFit experience? What was it like and how did you feel? Excited? Nervous?
I knew nothing about CrossFit's reputation apart from what my friend had told me, which was all really positive. So I was probably a little more nervous than normal, but mostly just a mixture of excited and curious. Definitely remember it. Darren coaching Saturday class, seeming like the Kung-fu master. Partner training with T. I remember everyone seemed friendly and encouraging, but not too friendly like they were in a cult... although I did keep my wits about me at first. And come to think of it, I did get converted to Almond milk pretty quick....
What are your favourite training shoes?
They make shoes especially for training?
What are you doing when you aren't CrossFitting?
We'll, I like to start most days with a shower. Generally I'll wash my body first, except on Tuesdays.... What? Oh, right. Most of my hobbies are not news worthy, but I do like long walks on the beach and dinner by candle-light.
What has been one of the biggest things in your life that has changed since starting CrossFit?
My chubby cheeks have slimmed down a bit ....and I think my face has too.
But probably bigger than that (probably), is the gradual shift to a more positive/motivated attitude. Probably comes from the sense of belonging to a group of people focused on doing something good for themselves and excited to share that buzz. With coaches who seem like they are there purely to amplify that process in the safest, most effective way. I've always disliked gyms, but that's pretty motivating.
What is your favourite CrossFit exercise and describe your perfect WOD?
Last night's workout with Darren (and Krista keeping an eye on things) was awesome! Master-padawan singular focus; legendary. But seriously I don't mind sharing the 6.30pm slot guys, although I appreciate the thought.
Exercise: maybe burpees I think, as there is nothing better than getting down - and then getting on-up again.
What is your athletic background?
We'll I came third once in the 400m. I think I was about 7. That was my crowning glory.
And that's about it.
I did do some Judo and Aikido when I was young, but didn't make black-belt, so I don't know if that qualifies as Athleticism.
Is there a Reebok CrossFit 09 member who inspires you?
They all inspire so much, in their own ways, don't they?
The beautiful people, hand-standers, the rope climbers, the heavy lifters, the steady-chippers and shirt-strippers - and all the personal best-ers. All inspiring.
You know who you are.
Greatest CrossFit accomplishment to date?
I did some of those frog stand things last week. I was actually friggin stoked! I have already started thinking of ways to incorporate them into everyday life - maybe during my next work presentation with the quarterly pie graphs. Although being able to walk the day after a work-out – that is nice also.
Sticking with it this far, has also been a major for me, due to afore mentioned lack of athleticism. Actually, that’s probably the biggie for me. Let’s go with that.
You have just been on the most incredible world-wide adventure; do you feel your CrossFit training helped with the exploring?
Yes! I can imagine it did... Amazing Race anyone? I like the whole-body, functional ideology/methodology. It just makes sense. It will save me in the Zombie apocalypse.
What would you like to have achieved at Reebok CrossFit 09 a year from now?
To still be training and still be enjoying it more than I don't. I'd like to be able to do a hand-stand walk and/or a rope climb and/or not cringe when someone mentions wall-balls.
Interesting fact about yourself that most people may not know?
Ah, um. By now you know much more about me than you ever probably wanted to. But I did my undergrad degree in psychology if you find that interesting. So if you catch me looking your way with a pained expression – that’s not actually me hitting the wall and phasing out from exhaustion, or being creepy. That’s probably me analysing your behaviour so that I can use it in my award winning book on the insulating effect of group exercise social dynamics on motivation thresholds in individuals with potential for low self-efficacy or at elevated risk of co-morbid affective disorders. Probably. Could be a little exhaustion.
8 Single Leg Romanian Deadlift e/side
8 Single Arm Press + Windmill e/side
8 Single Arm Power Ring Row e/side
8 Overhead Slamball toss
AMRAP in 15mins
- in 2's or 3's row 3km, switching at least every 250m
- one person must be in a plank entire time