CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting
2nd Place Aussie Throwdown held in Melbourne – January 2018
21st in the 85kg category Worldwide at the World Junior Weightlifting Championships held in Uzbekistan – July 2018
10th Place Torian Pro – November 2018
12th Place Australian CrossFit Championships held in Gold Coast – January 2019
Current 89kg Junior Male Clean and Jerk Record Holder – 162kg
Tell us a bit about you and your journey…
My journey began and still is at CrossFit CQ in Rockhampton where I started after I finished grade 12 in 2015 at the age of 17. When I was 13 years old I took up rowing as a sport, and only did it for a year, however that is where my spark for keeping fit and healthy really took off. I had always been associated with the regular gyms and enjoyed a keeping my nutrition up to speed and regular gym sessions from the age of 13. At the age of 15 I had bought myself all the equipment I needed to complete my gym in my own garage.
I took part in my first CrossFit open in 2016 when I was 17 not expecting too much but more so to gain experience. From that open I am now 20 years old and about to complete my 4th open to date and have never looked back with CrossFit as I have loved it more and more every day. I began Olympic Weightlifting alongside CrossFit in 2017 and was selected in the Junior World team for Australia, top seeded in the 85kg category to lift in Uzbekistan. Olympic weightlifting has always been alongside CrossFit however CrossFit has taken main focus over the past 6 months with all the changes and sanctioned events which I am purely focusing on. Currently I am the Lead Coach out of CrossFit CQ where I coach up to 28 classes per week as well as a personal trainer with my other clients. On top of this I study a bachelor of exercise and sport science at Central Queensland University in my final year where I specialize in Biomedical Sciences.
What is your proudest moment thus far?
My proudest moment thus far is competing in the Australian CrossFit Championships where I placed 12th out of a ex-regional athlete stacked field of 30 individuals. After a tough start and a few rough workouts in between, I finished the weekend in 12th spot as well as sealing 2 second place earnings in two workouts for the weekend. Secondly, representing Australian for Weightlifting is a massive moment of my life which is a once in a lifetime experience which I will never forget.
Tell us about your morning routine
I work as a CrossFit Trainer possessing both my level 1 and 2 in CrossFit training. My day job is coaching at our local affiliate CrossFit CQ. Most mornings I am up at 4:45am and out the door by 5:10am to get to the gym and open our doors for the first class at 5:30am. I then will coach the 6:30am class as well and most times have a PT session at 7:30am. After those 3 hours of coaching I head straight home for my nutritious breaky of bacon, poached eggs, spinach, mushrooms and tomato before heading back to the gym after some study around 10:30 to start the first session of the day.
What’s your favourite PranaOn product?
My favourite PranaON product is a tough one between Himalayan Salted Caramel Power Plant Protein always post workout and the Super Greens which I tend to add to my morning routine for morning tea.
What’s your favourite way to use it or incorporate it into your healthy lifestyle, and why?
My favourite way to use the power plant protein is straight after my workouts, so that my body gets in the key nutrients it needs which were lost in sweat and energy previously. For an afternoon snack or before bed I also add a scoop to smoothies or just on its own to keep me going for the rest of the day or keep me full until the next morning.
Tell us something interesting about yourself or a hidden talent
A hidden talent that I would say for myself is that I am able to play a mean tune on the guitar after having lessons since I was young up until high school.
Not that I know of…
Do you prefer training in the morning or evening?
I train both morning and afternoon but if I would have to decide I would prefer to train in the morning around 10:30-12:00. I feel like I can give everything I have at this time of the day and leave nothing to spare. When training later on in the day I tend to lift and accessorize as it does not require as much output and it makes me feel better going into the night of coaching 4:30-7:30.
Where can we find you on a Saturday?
On a Saturday you can find me at the beach most mornings doing a beach wod with my swim coach. Then in the afternoons you will find me down at the river with the boys taking the jet-skis out for a burn.
What’s on the horizon for you?
The horizon includes various CrossFit sanctional events in the next few years as I work on sealing my spot to one day head over to the CrossFit Games. Until then, plenty of tough sessions in the heat of Rockhampton constantly learning and progressing.
Favourite motto to live by:
Favourite motto that I have always lived by is: if you want something bad enough, go and get it, regardless of the outcome.