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Jo

CrossFitting since: May 2014 How have you changed since starting CrossFit Maroubra (CFM)? I actually look forward to doing exercise! I feel happier, healthier and stronger then perhaps I ever have. The functional movements that are taught in CF have come in handy everyday, making sure I don't injure myself at work lifting road cases [...]

CrossFitting since: May 2014

How have you changed since starting CrossFit Maroubra (CFM)?
I actually look forward to doing exercise! I feel happier, healthier and stronger then perhaps I ever have. The functional movements that are taught in CF have come in handy everyday, making sure I don’t injure myself at work lifting road cases and I’m the most effective in my movements.

What are you doing now that you couldn’t do before CrossFit?
I CAN RUN! well sorta. I’m still working on it but it’s 100 times easier than it once was and I can now tackle large flights of stairs two at a time without a second thought. I’m also transitioning into doing pushups on my toes which is exciting.

What is your fitness background? What were you doing before CFM?
My fitness background was completely nonexistent outside what I do for work as a stagehand. My cardiovascular fitness was appalling and had a pretty mediocre lifestyle habits all round. I did a lot of swimming growing up but that’s about it.

Favourite WOD or movement
Kettle bell swings, deadlifts and rowing.

Least favourite WOD or movement
Anything that involves running and/or burpees!

What are your goals for the next 12 months?
100kg deadlift – not too far off at the moment
At least 1 unaided strict pull up – not even close right now but I’m working on it
5k nonstop run – dream big right?
A rope climb – for the novelty mostly

Any best CFM stories or personal CrossFit stories?
Doing Cindy, one of the first workouts I ever did, for a second time 5 months later was an amazing eye opener to how much I’d improved. Going from 9 rounds at half the reps up to 13 rounds of the full workout (with lighter bands too), you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

What advice do you have for people just getting started?
The first weeks are the hardest. Give it a fair shot and you’ll be hooked in no time. Don’t be intimidated by the olympic lifting or complex movements, everything can be scaled and the amazing coaches are there every step of the way to help you out. The same goes for all of the people. Everyone is incredibly supportive and encouraging, wanting you to succeed as much as you yourself do.

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