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Member of the month October 2017

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Copy of Connor Kelly member of the month Sep 2017

Mick has been very consistent in his training every since he started, but lately has really seemed to step things up and this award couldn’t go to a more deserving athlete. More so than that, he is just an all-around good bloke. He will go above and beyond to help ANYONE who needs a hand. He has done a lot for us at CrossFit MSD without the need of asking. He just loved to help out mates and loves the community.

You are a legend, Mick. Keep doing all the right things like you have been and you’ll be amazed at where you are at this time next year. I’m excited to keep working with you, buddy.

Thank you for everything!!!!!!!!


When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

Probably 3 or so years ago to try and lose weight. I had been doing a lot of running and a weekly bootcamp for a little while and then a mate mentioned Crossfit so I thought I would give it a go.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

I’m fitter and stronger. I’ve learned a lot of new skills like double unders, toes to bars and pullups. I enjoy doing power cleans and deadlifting. I like doing benchmark workouts and seeing if I can improve the next time around.

Who is Mick away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

I’m a first year apprentice carpenter/joiner.  Between work, crossfit and running around after kids my time is fairly well spent lol

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

On my bucks night, a taxi driver nearly ran over me in my own driveway as I had passed out by 9pm

What are your goals for the next year?

Improvement in my olympics lifts. Linking toes to bar. I’d like to be able to get a bar muscle up.

Member of the month September 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Connor Kelly member of the month Sep 2017

Connor is our member of the month for September. Since training with us, he has done all the basic things but has done them well. We told him to show up daily and he has. We encouraged him to eat healthily and he did. I told him to get in more protein and he listened. As simple as all these sound, it’s these small basic things and consistency that has allowed him to lean out HEAPS since he started, get a lot stronger, fitter and gain more flexibility. #consistency is the key to get the result in anything you do. There is no quick fix.
Well done buddy

When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

I started training at MSD late April 2017 and have been enjoying every day since. I began at MSD for a number of reasons, one being the training environment is unlike other gyms, everyone one is extremely supportive and motivating, it pushes you to be a better you. Also, the style of training is very functional for the line of work that I am in.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

Since training at MSD I have seen a massive improvement in many of my lifts and workouts, but more importantly, I’m seeing more improvements in my lifestyle, how I eat, and how I approach things in life.

Who is Connor away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

Outside the gym I work as a police officer in the Burnie region, I own a 9 Month old Husky who occupies most of the rest of my time.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

Fun fact: Before working as a police officer I was a Zookeeper and was given the opportunity to assist in raising a Lion cub amongst many other animals.

What are your goals for the next year?

My goal for next year is to hit a weight of 75kg which currently I and over half way to achieving thanks to Crossfit MSD.

Member of the month for August 2017

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
 Troy Sheahen member of the month Aug 2017
I would like to announce Troy Sheahen as the member of the month for August (I’m late on this again, I know).
This guy is one of the nicest humans to come into our gym. He goes above and beyond to interact with the community, helps people with setting up and putting away their gear. On that topic, he goes above and beyond to help out Emma, who is a client at CFMSD and a previous member of the month. For those that don’t know, Emma is blind but does an amazing job and Troy ALWAYS goes out of his way, even missing his workout to make sure Emma is set up and ready to go. This kind act and much more are just some of the reasons why he is a member of the month. Also because he used to not train on Fridays because there was beer to drink, and now he trains and Fridays and just enjoys a beer at the gym haha. Seriously though, Troy has been amazing for a long time, and now it’s time for that acknowledgment.
When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?
I started at MSD on your birthday last year!  I started because I saw a photo of myself from Coffs Harbour when I was racing karts and thought “who is that fat old guy that looks like me!!”
What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?
Since getting back into full training after my shoulder injury I’m setting PB’s each week.  I’m happiest with my snatch work, I could only power snatch at the start of the year.
Who is Troy away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc
I work in Logistics, not very exciting.  I race karts and that was one of the reasons I started CF.  I needed to lose weight and strengthen my forearms, shoulders, and neck.  At Coffs Harbour earlier this year I scored my 2nd Pole Position at a National Titles, 21 years after the first one 🙂
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I have at least 5 toes on each foot.
What are your goals for the next year?
I want to snatch my body weight…..that might be a 2 year goal!

Member of the month July 2017

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Sam Hoare member of month july 2017

I honestly don’t think I have met a more enthusiastic and positive human in my life. This guy has a heart of gold. His passion for what he does really show and he has put all of these positives traits into his training on a daily basis.

It’s been such an honor having someone as upbeat as you at the gym every single morning. Keep it up legend!

When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

Well CrossFit is something I’d wanted to do for a long time and the turning point was giving up my full-time job in October, So then I would then have the time to be a part of CrossFit as working shift work plus getting my business up and running didn’t give me time to be able to focus on training besides the general bit of stuff I may do at home.


Why CrossFit, well I have never been much of a person for team sport as it isn’t something I’ve been good at, being a part of CrossFit allows me to be in a “team” environment but if I don’t do something perfectly it only affects me not letting the “team” down.


What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

I’ve made friends with some great people I may have never had the chance to otherwise meet, I have improved the way I see myself and becoming more comfortable with myself and my journey every day. Yes I have become stronger, I have suffered from lower back problems since I was around 17 years old and now after training for just over 7 months I haven’t had any issues at all with my lower back as I have gained the foundations of what is only going to make me stronger in the years to come. Well, when I started I was very conservative as the last thing I wanted to do was cause injury to myself, and now I am seeing great progress when it comes to strength gains as well as my cardio fitness “LOVE THE AIRBIKE & ROW MACHINE” 😉


Who is SBG (Sam) away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

Well outside of the Box I am self employed and own SBG SUPPLIES, which honestly I do have a lot of trouble switching off from due to my passion for my business and love of talking to people…. Anyone that knows me knows I am always up for a chat 😛 Hobbies yeah kinda lost track of a lot of them since starting my business as it really is a 24/7 commitment, but of course, anyone that follows me on SBGTheJourney on Instagram will know I love my COFFEE… oh and FOOD…


Tell us a fun fact about you?

Fun fact????

Come on do we really know any fun facts about ourselves??? lol


Goals for the next year:

To build the strong foundation for a strong future.


Member of the month June 2016

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Copy of Emma member of the month May 2017

Sam Townsend is the member of the month for June 2017.

I’m behind on posting this, but that doesn’t matter. This guy has been busting his ass daily for years now. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him complain, whine or make an excuse. He has improved in leaps and bounds and for all that, he deserves to be acknowledged for his awesomeness!!!!!!


When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

I started training here in February 2015. Before I started I was doing my own training at home but not really getting anywhere, just bench, curls and running when I felt like it. Then Ryan started telling me about Crossfit and convinced me to join up and I was hooked on it pretty quickly and never left.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

Lots of things. My whole view on fitness has changed since starting. I have gotten stronger in every way. My mobility has improved heaps from not being able to overhead squat the bar to be able to do 100kg. When I started I couldn’t do a handstand push up or double unders so I have improved on all those skills too as well as just being a lot fitter.

Who is Sam away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

Sam is an electrician at Lion and has been there for almost 6 years now. I like to do crossfit, go bushwalking, stand up paddle boarding, cycling anything outside or in the water is me really. My family are all in Burnie and I am very close with them. I am the second oldest sibling and have 3 sisters.

Tell us a fun fact about you?

When I started crossfit I could bench more than I could squat and I dislike coming up with fun facts about myself.

What are your goals for the next year?

I want to really work on and improve my Olympic lifting. I would like to get better at my gymnastic movements and maybe start getting some handstand walks and just keep working to get stronger and fitter to see what I can do.


Member of the month April 2017

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Bron member of the month April 2017


Firstly, very behind on this post. This was a long time coming, and even since the month of March, Bron has been crushing it. She is very deserving of this award any month of the year with the effort she has been putting in.

Well done mate 🙂

When and Why did you start training here with us at CrossFit MSD?

I started CrossFit for real (after one previous half arsed attempt) a bit over a year ago to try and get fit and lose weight for my sister’s wedding. I quickly found out, after I stopped being self conscious, that I love weight training. But what kept me coming back was the support I received from the coaches and other members.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

I got fit with a chronic foot injury, got to my weight target for my sister’s wedding, can squat over 100kg and will hopefully get double unders and toes to bar some day soon.

Who is Bron away from the box?

Away from the box, I’m a Provisional Psychologist who works with children and who loves live music, bush walking, doggos and red wine.

Tell us a fun fact about you?

My fun fact is that just after I started I knocked out a tooth doing thrusters at the start of a workout. But with some support from another member, I spat out the chunk of a tooth and managed to finish the wod.

What are your goals short term and long term?

My next goal is to overtake Elyse in squats and deadlifts coz that chick is gnarly and hopefully lose more weight. I would love to do a half marathon one day and be able to do all the cool stuff like handstand push-ups and muscle ups. But who knows…

Member of the month March 2017

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Chris member of the month March 2017

Chris is our member of the month for March. This guy has been such a quiet achiever. He has accomplished so much but always seems to fly under the radar. This guy deserves to be acknowledged for all his hard work and the progress he has made. Not only for the last month but since day one.

Well done, Chris. Your hard work is paying off. Just imagine where you will be in another year from now? Keep up the awesome work 🙂


When and Why did you start training here with us at CrossFit MSD?

I started at Crossfit MSD November 2015. I was dissatisfied with a gym where the personal trainer did not have my fitness as his priority. Then I heard about Crossfit MSD that was not like any other gym, instead, they use functional base training to build bodies as the machines and I was intrigued. I wanted to build confidence, accelerate my fitness and feel and look better overall. I like challenges and Crossfit MSD certainly seems to offer these in abundance.



What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

Since starting training with Crossfit MSD, my fitness level has elevated and I can now lift heavier weights than I had ever imagined. My fitness skills overall have improved such as handstand push-ups, legless rope climbs just to name a few. Also, my confidence has grown in my own abilities.



Who is Chris away from the box?

Away from the box, I am an ECA (carer) at a Nursing Home and I like to kayak, play basketball, explore, fish and travel. I am very family orientated and my two year old daughter Skylar means the world to me.



Tell us a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me was that I started playing basketball when I was five.



What are your goals for next year?

My goals for next year are to attain muscle ups, complete more prescribed weights in workouts, gain more muscle and to strengthen my ability in fitness skills.


Member of the month February 2017

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Chelsea member of the month Feb 2017

Chelsea has been a member at CrossFit MSD since the early days. Before we even had our own gym and we used to kick it at the PCYC.

I feel she deserves this award for so many reasons. She never complains, never makes excuses, shows up every day and is always so willing to help others. She doesn’t do the classes, but I see her trying to still get involved in the community and the simple fact that she hasn’t really missed a day of training since she started is amazing. Not many people can say that they have committed to a training program for nearly 5 years or so.

Well done Chels, you are such an inspiration to all. Keep being awesome!

When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

I started Crossfit in 2012. I had only just dating Dale now my husband who was doing CrossFit at the time at the old PCYC and one day he took me to try it. I wasn’t real keen and would only turn up when Dale was on his four days off work. It then got to a point where I guess I could say I was addicted haha and haven’t stopped since. Crossfit is now a huge part of my life and its something that just happens in my everyday life without a doubt. I have always been a sporty individual and this is why I enjoy CrossFit because it involves lots of fitness.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

Since training at MSD, I have followed many different programs many that are for competitive athletes. Following these programs have allowed me to prepare for competing in competitions which I have done many. Some comps I have managed to do relatively well in.

In 2014 I made the move to Sydney where I trained CrossFit also which I made the team to go to Regionals to compete which was such an amazing experience.

Who is Chelsea away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

Recently got married 

I am full time Rehabilitation Nurse at the NWRH currently doing a Clinical Nursing Consulting role.

I have two fur babies Waldo and Stella who are very active and love to keep us on our toes.

Love the outdoors, swimming, kayaking, bushwalking anything active 

Tell us a fun fact about you?

I have an identical twin so don’t be fooled

What are your goals for the next year?

Keep training hard and link some muscle ups, become more of a gymnast  and

Make a team to get to regionals 🙂

Member of the month for January 2017

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

elyse member of the month Jan 2017

The member of the month for January 2017 is Elyse Hatchard.

This chick has been crushing it ever since starting with us a bit over 3 years ago. She shows up EVERY DAY, and it’s why she is the bad ass she is now.

When she began training with us, she was super lanky, could barely do an air squat or a push-up and the 15kg barbell was a struggle. We actually started her with PVC pipe on her pressing progressions. Fast forward to now and she is one of the strongest chicks in the gym. Doing handstand pushups, strict pull ups, squatting 100kg and pressing a crap load more than that PVC haha.

It’s fair to say we are all proud of how far you’ve come mate. Keep kicking ass.

When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

I started training here just over 3 years ago.

I choose CrossfitMSD simply because I saw it pop up on looked and sound cool, and like 80% of the female population, I wanted to ‘tone up’ haha.

Plus I had friends tell me I’d hate it and not stick to it so naturally, I decided I’d do it and prove them wrong!
What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

All sorts of things! Big and small, obvious and not so obvious!

My fitness flexibility and strength has slowly but dramatically improved. I can now do many things I never dreamed I’d be able to do! Making the finals in the partner comp with Sam last year was a massive achievement, one I was so scared but excited and completely stoked about!

BUT in saying all that I still think my biggest achievements have been less of the physical side and more on the personal side. Crossfit has given me a better and much healthier mindset towards my body. I have more confidence and now look at food as fuel for my body, not something to avoid in case it make me fat.

Crossfit is something I can do for myself and it gives me a sense of individual accomplishment which is the best feeling of all.
Who is Elyse away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

Elyse is a simple human.

I’m a hairdresser, I come from a big family of  7 and at the moment I live in Somerset with my 2 fur babies.

I love baking and making my friends and family full of sweet treats.
Tell us a fun fact about you?

Ahhhhhhhh haha my arms are way out of proportion.. My arm span is longer than I am tall which makes my dance moves ridiculously hilarious and terribly great!
What are your goals for the next year?

My goal for the year is to continually turn up so I can learn more. That way I can keep making little improvements which soon add up to bigger and better achievements!

If I consistently do the best I can do, I’m happy!

Member of the month, December 2016

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Copy of Simon and Alison members of the month for October


Andrew Lomas is the member of the month for December 2016.

In our opinion, this guy has deserved this from day #1. Lomas is a workhorse. Never gives ups, always shows up, never complains, motivates others and does all the right things ALL THE TIME.

You deserve it mate. Well done and we look forward to sharing this year with you and helping you achieve your goals.


When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?
I started CrossFit about 4 months ago. I started to improve my fitness for myself to become bigger and stronger.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?
I have become a lot quicker in all movements. Still, have room for improvement but day by day I’ll do what I can.

Who is Lomas away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc
I am a carer for my stepdad and I pick up work when I can in between. Hobbies would be rugby going for bush walks and anything that involves having fun I have a beautiful daughter who is 8 turning 9 in March between Mia and my partner id be lost without them.

Tell us a fun fact about you?
I’ll tell you a secret……
I love food

What are your goals for the next year?
To master all movements and make big gains 2017= bigger and stronger

Member of the Month, November 2016

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016


When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

I started Crossfit at the end of September 2016 after a friend Elyse Hatchard recommended I try it.  I had been out of the fitness arena for around 18 months after playing hockey for 10 years then around 2 years of various fitness/dance classes.  I was looking for something different but challenging and at the same time concerned about my ability as i had become quite unfit.  I found myself suffering with physical issues due to being unfit.  During the trial period I found Mason and the team (Lucy and Ty) very welcoming and encouraging.  The first thing I noticed was how friendly everyone was and the atmosphere felt good without any ‘wanna bees’.  I really liked the concept of training at your level and ability and being able to gain ‘personal’ goals.  If something is beyond your capability there is always a scaled down version to fit you.  I love that the program is different every day.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

I have achieved lots of little gains and changes to my flexibility and have learned new fitness skills and techniques.  I could not do a full squat or touch my toes and never dreamed that I would ever Deadlift my own body weight plus some. These are all achievable now. I am not a morning person however I challenged myself to go to morning classes due to work commitments and now I am awake before the alarm goes off and attend 5 mornings a week most of the time. I sleep better, work better and go to bed earlier.

Who is Lisa away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

I work part time as a Financial Assistant with Mancell Financial Group.  This is a new job for me having been there only 18 months.  Previous to this I had 12 years of admin roles with State and Federal Government departments. I used to play hockey but that is now replaced with Crossfit.  My husband and I have done quite a bit of travelling and really enjoy seeing and experiencing different cultures and lifestyles and plan on many more trips. I am an amateur photographer and love to photograph our travels along with nature and landscapes. I have 2 adult aged children – a son who lives nearby and a daughter who lives overseas.  I also work in a voluntary capacity for a clothing making business based in Cambodia owned and managed by my daughter. I provide artwork printing specifications to the printers for their customised printed clothing items.

Tell us a fun fact about you?

I ride a Suzuki Intruder 250CC motobike.

What are your goals for the next year?

Keep coming to Crossfit and continue to chip away at gaining more strength and flexibility and to overcome some of the fears I have with the lifting of weights.  To go on another overseas holiday. To complete a Diploma of Business Administration that I started in 2015
Well done, Lisa. You have been kicking ass since you started and seem to only be getting better each week. Keep up the good work.
Be sure to reach out to her to let her know what an awesome job she has been doing, too.

Members of the Month for November 2016

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016


This month we are acknowledging two of our awesome members. These guys come into the gym together, every day and have been improving in leaps and bounds. They haven’t done anything special this month but the reason we are awarding these guys is because over the last 12 months, they have been doing all the right things, every single day and we thought they deserved to be highlighted for their awesomeness. So, I lie, because doing all these small little things each and every day is something special. What I’m trying to say is that their effort has been constant and 100% every month. They are just being highlighted this month for all their hard work.



When and why did you guys start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

Well, I (Ali) started in Feb 2015 with the goal of becoming a better (fitter) middle aged person, and you all looked to be really enjoying yourselves when I came to check it out.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

I can safely say I am stronger and fitter than when I first began and made many amazing friends. I never thought I would be able to snatch, overhead squat, clean and jerk, climb a rope, do a handstand push up and do pistols. My mind boggles when I stop to think what I have achieved. But there is so far to go still.

Who is Alison away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

I love to spend time with my awesome family, whether it be camping, hiking, fishing, watching a movie on the couch or laying out on the deck checking the stars out. Family is everything!! I spend most days of the week working in the office at Somerset Primary School with 370 odd kids.

Tell us a fun fact about you?

Fun Fact!!! – I love to have a good giggle….

What are your goals for the next year?

By this time next year, I hope to have the confidence in my abilities to enter a crossfit competition other than the open. I am getting better with that but still have a way to go, I keep stretching the benchmark.


When and why did you guys start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?

I (Simo) started in April 2015 after coming to see throwdown of 15.5 at the box between CrossFit MSD and the Strongroom,  it looked like awesome fun and a great way to get fit.

What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?

I am so much stronger and fitter than I have ever been. I can do things I never thought I would be able to do like deadlift twice my bodyweight and overhead squats.

Who is Simon away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc

I like to fly fish, camp, hike, spend time with my girls and enjoy a nice cold beer. I currently work as a welder making dangerous goods stores

Tell us a fun fact about the both of you?

Fun Fact!!!! I like to make everyone laugh – even when I’m trying to do double unders!!!!

What are your goals for the next year?

I would like to be able to do handstand push ups , linked toes to bar, double unders and improve my overhead squat.

I’m so proud of you guys….. Setting a great example to everyone out there on what you can achieve when you work hard for it. I look forward to seeing where you guys are at in 12 months from now.

Member of the month September 2016

Monday, October 10th, 2016


The member of the month for September 2016 is, Christian. This kid has been working hard for a LONG time. Shows up daily, works hard, does as he is told, listens to feedback and applies it daily. It’s no wonder this guy crushed the WOD each and everyday.

I love that until he reads this and sees this picture on the social medias, he was tricked by his mum and dad. They told him the questions he had to answer were just a survey for Maso, hahaha.

When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD?
I started in mid January 2016.
Mum and dad were nagging me so I went to a trial week to shut them up and I really liked it! I’ve always enjoyed
fitness and CrossFit seemed interesting and challenged me.
What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD?
My overall fitness and endurance has improved. I am finally starting to get double unders and I can now do
toes to bar and rope climbs. I have improved my strength and my olympic lifts drastically and I’m proud to have
hit three figures on my back squat, deadlifts and cleans.
Who is Christian away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life, etc
I’m 15 and I’m in grade 9. I am the eldest of 4 children. I work at Cold Rock and I enjoy keeping fit and playing soccer
and Fifa.
Tell us a fun fact about you?
Well… Christian actually doesn’t know anything about this! His mum and dad tricked him into thinking he was just answering some questions for a survey for Maso *:P tongue
What are your goals for the next year?
I would like to become fitter and stronger. I would like to achieve good academic results to finish out year ten. I will be
working towards getting my license. CrosssFit wise I would like to see more improvement, particularly on my snatching and muscle ups. I would like to become more fluent with my double unders.
How has CrossFit changed your life?
I have gained more confidence and become fitter and stronger. It took a fair bit of convincing for me to even come to the trial week but I am glad that I did *:) happy

Member of the month for August 2016

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Grant Kelly member of the month, August.-2We have decided to start doing a ‘member of the month’ to highlight someone who has been crushing it in their pursuit to awesomeness.

This month we have selected, Grant Kelly.  He is a regular at the 10am class, and to be honest, made my decision pretty easy. He has missed a total of 2 sessions in 3 and a half months.

There are many other members at the box who are worthy of this title, but for now, let’s acknowledge Grant’s hard work.


When and why did you start training with us here at CrossFit MSD? 

I started training early June, just on three months ago. Giving CrossFit a go was always something I had considered trying but would always find an excuse not to…too busy at work, not enough time, to macho, don’t like wearing lycra too often, looks too hard etc. Actually, I think I was beginning to find an excuse to avoid any type of exercise. I had a membership to one of those 24-hour gyms but the convenience of being able to go at any time meant that I would push a workout back to later in the evening and then lack the motivation to go choosing a nice warm bed instead. I’m not sure if it was when the scales starting to push the 100kg mark, realising I had to sit down to put my shoes on or that it hurt to do simple things like stand up from a chair that made me do something about it. I knew that I needed to do something and I was never going to get any results on my own and the whole going to the gym lifting weights was getting very dull and repetitive. My wife was enjoying her club atmosphere and training so I was thinking maybe that’s what I needed. I walked through the door at crossFitMSD and never looked back.


What have you achieved since training with us at CrossFit MSD? 

Since starting I’ve dropped 10kg and massively increased my range of movement. Three months ago I used to have to get down on one knee to get something out of the fridges at work or lower myself into a chair. Now I squat with my arse to the floor and touch my toes. I still have a long way to go with flexibility, core strength, endurance, co-ordination, actually…everything still needs work. But that’s half the fun, there is always a new challenge 


Who is Grant away from the box? Work, hobbies, family life etc? 

Grant away from the box is family and work, my two main priorities in life. Any spare time is filled with a whole range of things. If it involves either a backpack, pair of shoes, bike, water, snow, beach, mountain, board or boat I’ll give it a go. Always looking to try something new. Never a master of anything but always willing to have a crack. When time appears and the sun is out I love good BBQ, wood fired pizza and a beer with family and friends 


Tell us a fun fact about you? 

Fun fact about me…. Not sure really. I speak pretty openly so if you want to know something about me just ask.


What are your goals for the next year? 

My goals for next year are to keep improving and go as far as I can in CrossFit, including getting that first elusive muscle up. I used to do a lot of athletics as a youngster so if I can get back into it I’m thinking of hitting the Aussie masters next year.


How has CrossFit changed your life? 

CrossFit has given me a chance at a fit and healthy lifestyle again. My weight and health were definitely heading down the wrong path. I needed a new routine and something outside of work to go and do. The trainers, the members, the new mates, the box, the atmosphere, the lack of egos, the encouragement, the ever-changing workouts all make it easy to rock up every session. I eat better, I sleep better and I’m glad I walked in the door and started. Wish I had done it years ago.


Thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us at the box. We look forward to training together in the future and hoping to see the entire Fish Frenzy crew training with us too, lol.


Lachlan Coyne lost 17 kilos in 6 weeks

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

I started going to Crossfit after talking to Bomma and telling him how I wanted to get fitter and healthier so he recommended Crossfit MSD to me. I thought why not, I’ll give it a shot and haven’t looks back since. When I first started Mason sent me for a 100m jog after which I felt like I wanted to die, he then pushed me to do some Burpees (5 I believe) which felt like hell on earth. After I went home I thought “I need to get better” so I signed up. Now 6 weeks later I can run 600m before I need to break, Burpees are now a possibility and even to an extent fun to do. My life has changed dramatically since joining I can now walk down the street without getting out of breath and can enjoy the basics of life a lot easier now.

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How Kelli Kaine lost 12kilos in 4 months (Athlete Testimonial)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Athlete testimonial by Kelli Kaine

 “I couldn’t rate Crossfit MSD, the coaches and atmosphere more highly.

Mason has absolutely changed my life in a positive way.

It’s so much more than exercise, it’s accomplishing goals day in and day out, lifting heavier, running faster and doing things you never thought could be possible and it all becomes a way of life I don’t think in my 29 years have I ever been this excited about working out.

I’m now 12 kilos lighter since starting 4 months ago but most importantly feeling fit, strong, healthy and have way more energy.

The coaching advice is one of a kind where you are supported all the way through every aspect of your training and is honestly like having a personal trainer.

Always approachable, supportive and encourage the shit out of you.  

Crossfit MSD all the way.”


Words can’t explain how proud of her I am. She deserves to be acknowledged for her hard work.

So how did she achieve these results?

She showed up everyday, did what we asked of her, put in 100% on each workout and she even said she didn’t change her diet to much. She just stuck to the training plan and got amazing results. We are now going to sit down together, grab a coffee and get her nutrition dialed in. The results then will be scary.

If you want to learn a little bit more about what she has actually been doing in the gym contact me by email or you can book a FREE trial class by following the steps on the top left hand side of this website.



A letter/testimonial by Leanne Stokes (CrossFit MSD member)

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Dear Mason
It has been almost 12 months since I walked into your box with unknown expectations, and during that time have now found myself willingly attending at least 5 days a week unless I am out of the state, even then, if I have been away on extended holidays I have managed to find a Crossfit box and worked out with them. Globally every box has the same vibe, it’s so awesome.
I once spoke with you and you asked me what my goals were… and I still really don’t know, but I did really want to learn to do kipping or strict pullups, deadlift 100kg, do a wall climb or handstand pushups do more than 1 Toes to bar in 12 minutes ?, not really, but that’s because I couldn’t do them. I amaze myself as to how excited I get on actually achieving these movements, though my kips are still not pretty.
Generally I have a gym membership and use it for 3 months before I go on holidays to get into some sort of shape, which was my original reason for turning up in August 2015 as I was going on holidays in January, so after this time, what was my goal?
I still don’t have any set goals (but hope to run in the Burnie 10). as it has now become part of my day, rain snow or shine and whilst I find the WODs and lifting challenging, I do not find anything I really dislike except perhaps kettlebell swings.
I find myself some days at work wondering why I am doing this as my legs and shoulders hurt and it’s an effort to move and I think there is no way I could possibly workout tomorrow, but the alarm goes off, I get up and rock on in for another morning of exercise, and so it repeats. Your words are “just get used to it”. Well I still haven’t but some days are better than others and I so don’t want to say, “I’m too old for this”.
I have thoroughly enjoyed these 12 months and have met some wonderful people, I love the inclusion and the comradery from all who attend; from those who are beginners to experienced competitors of all ages. And how encouraging they are even when you are the last to finish, or pressing a 15kg bar over your head.
I would like to thank you for your assistance, advice and coaching over the last 12 months and I am looking forward to what I will be achieving in the next 12 months, perhaps wacky Wednesday to go along with Happy Tuesday!!
I would also like to congratulate you on your professionalism and enthusiasm you bring to your business

Kind Regards
Leanne Stokes