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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.