I first started Crossfit in 2010 while working as a physiotherapist on an Army base in Darwin. The soldiers from the base had come back from being deployed to Afghanistan with American soldiers who were following Crossfit workouts while overseas. They encouraged me to try one of the benchmark workouts (Cindy) and I was immediately hooked. I especially liked the idea of a different workout every day. I had always tried to be an active person and played lots of different sports but Crossfit provided a different type of training that I immediately connected with and felt had a lot of value when trying to maximize my health and longevity.
Why I Crossfit:
Crossfit provides an encouraging and supportive place for me to push myself consistently and train my body physically and mentally. I enjoy the variety and challenge of the workouts and the community of people that gather everyday to go through the challenge with you.
Crossfit is also a reminder about the value of patience, perseverance and consistency. It takes time to get stronger and gain skills that you have previously not been exposed to or find really difficult. With effort, consistent practice and good coaching you will improve and achieve new skills but it does take time. The feeling of getting your first push up / pull up / overhead squat / muscle up is worth all the hard work.
Why I coach:
I have been extremely fortunate to be part of three amazing Crossfit boxes since I first started nine years ago – all with a fantastic coaching staff. They provided a safe, encouraging and challenging place for me to develop and train my Crossfit skills and I really enjoy being able to provide the same experience for others. Combined with my physiotherapy background, coaching provides an opportunity for me to support our community on their strength and fitness journey.
As a physiotherapist I am keenly aware and understand the importance that movement, strength and conditioning play in the wellbeing and longevity of our community. As a modern human we face a lot of challenges to being active and healthy. We have to work hard to meet our exercise and wellbeing goals. Crossfit provides a framework for movement, strength and conditioning that is challenging and scalable for everyone. It creates an environment that is safe and fun – especially with the support of great coaches and a strong Crossfit community.
Masters in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy
Level 1 Club Weightlifting / Sports Power coach
Level 1 Crossfit coach
Favorite food: Tacos.