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.