Join HQ trainer Miranda Oldroyd as she visits CrossFit Brisbane and sits down to talk with owner and head trainer Matt Swift, his trainers and his athletes.
The athletes share how they found CrossFit and how it has affected their lives.
“I just like the challenge. I just like being able to achieve new things. And you know when I first turned up I couldn’t do a pull-up, and now I can do way more than I ever thought I could do,” says Monique, a member of CrossFit Brisbane.
Athletes and trainers alike describe CrossFit Brisbane as a close-knit community. For instance, as a CrossFit Brisbane athlete named Roger suffered through the burpees at the end of his birthday Filthy Fifty workout, he was joined by those who had finished before him.
“That level of camaraderie, brother- and sisterhood, is what epitomizes being here,” Roger says.
For a middle-aged man like Roger, the coaches made CrossFit more approachable.
“The biggest single change has been in my attitude because I came here using age as an excuse and wanted to hide behind the fact that I was older than most of the athletes in the box, and the coaches dismantled that strategy,” says Roger, nicknamed “The Fossil.”
But Roger embraces his nickname.
“The older a fossil gets, the harder it becomes,” he says.
Additional reading: CrossFit Radio Weekend Edition 16 090606 by Dave Young, published June 8, 2009.