Meet The Aussies

By CrossFit By Overload

In CrossFit, Videos

June 30, 2009

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CrossFit is growing by leaps and bounds in Australia, thanks in part to the two men Tony Budding interviewed when they visited CrossFit One World in Union City on January 17, 2009.

Matt Swift, who once owned an IT consulting firm, now operates CrossFit Brisbane. Steve Willis has a big personality (even by Australian standards) and an interesting past. He was a Counter Terrorism Team Leader with Australian Special Forces. Today, he is known as “Commando Steve” and owns CrossFit FX in Syndey. He spoke of changing people’s lives by whipping them into shape.

Matt and Steve discussed their CrossFit tour of the U.S., which included a workout soon after stepping of the plane, an oxygen-deprived visit with Lisa Ray at CrossFit Flagstaff and spending time with Lauren and Greg Glassman. A highlight was a pilgrimage to Mike’s Gym where they found it “kind of cool” to receive “a highly technical cue” from Coach Mike Burgener: “Stop being a frickin’ pussy.”

Matt said he quickly learned there was more to being a CrossFit trainer than starting and stopping a stop watch and writing scores on a whiteboard. The level of professionalism shown by CrossFit HQ staff has impressed him. The plan now is for CrossFit in Australia to match that level of virtuosity as rapid expansion continues.

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9 Comments on “Meet The Aussies”

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Go the Aussies, both spreading the Crossfit word and Steve, in doing your stuff at the Games

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Darren Coughlan wrote …

Nice clips Boys!

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Can't wait to how Steve goes at the games, all the best matey

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I AM GLAD THERE ARE OTHERS LIKE ME WHO BELIEVE THIS WORKS!!! CROSSFIT HAS DONE MORE FOR ME THEN ANYONE WILL EVER KNOW!! SHOWN ME WHAT I AM MADE OF AND IT IS HARDCORE ASS KICKER!! KEEP SPREADING THE WORD!! GOOD JOB!!

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Met both boys at Australian Qualifiers and they're both good blokes. Matt was more then willing impart any and all of the expansive knowledge he has on CrossFit and Steve is definitely a character.

Good luck to Steve for CrossFit Games!

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What's with the exploding intro, people are wearing effing headphones man.
Way cool video though, hope to see more vids from Australia come through.

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I had the pleasure of training at Matt's gym while I was staying in Brisbane for a few months this year and I'd be hard pushed to find a better coach around. You couldn't find a more knowledgeable and humble guy. Hopefully I'll get a chance to train out there again in the future, or maybe Matt will make it over to Ireland at some stage *hint, hint*

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Isn't Crossfit One World in San Francisco not San Diego??

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replied to comment from David McConkey

have to certainly agree with David, I made the trip into CFB when i was down there at Christmas time for racing to get a bit of training in, just wish i had a car this time to make the 2 hour trip in just to do the Saturday session with Matt and the CFB crew.
Haven't met Steve yet, but will be making the effort to get into CFX the next time I'm in Sydney.

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