Athletes Of The Month – Heather & Steve Callis

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Big congrats to our Athletes of the Month, Heather and Steve Callis. Below are reasons why they were chosen as well their answers to some of our questions. Please high five them next time you see them.

Well done guys.

The CFSL Team

 

Heather because:

you always have a smile on your face

you are a great social member

you are always wanting to work on your weaknesses

you are super competitive

you never give up

you are just an all round awesome member to have

 

 

Callis because:

 

you really want to learn as much as you can

you are always chatting to members and making them feel welcome

you want to improve and are takin courses to do so

you hang around and help out when you can

you tell everyone about us

and you are just an all round awesome member to have

 

Heather

how did you get involved in CF?
I was back home in Oz, supposed to be recovering from surgery an old friend brought me to a Crossfit box. I was fairly fit from regularly mainstream gym sessions and running. My mate had told the coach that I had done Crossfit before, I went straight into the class and it was strict press followed by Kelly
 
first wod ever?  
Kelly 

Five rounds of:

  • Run 400 meters
  • 30 Box jump, 24 inch box
  • 30 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
 
when did you start coming to CFSL?
May 2013
 
when did you realise CF was right for you?
After completion of the first ever class I then decided it was right for me and spent the remaining time in Oz as a Crossfit boot camp even though this was not what the Doctor recommended. I really love how Crossfitters encourage one another and cheer each other on to achieve a lift or complete a WOD.
 
what are your short term and long term goals?
Short term – consecutive Double unders and stringing together kipping PU and TTB
Long term – Would love a Muscle Up and to compete
 
what is your biggest accomplishment?
Competing at local competitions
what is your favorite wod/movements?
Snatch which I find to be a technically challenging movement and when you carry out good execution it gives you an amazing feeling. I also like TTB.
 
least favourite?
Box jumps due to obvious lousy eye/feet co-ordination dare I mention the first CFSL Throwdown.
 
what do you do for a profession outside CF?
Self employed IT Management Consultant in Banking and Finance
 
Finally, would you recommend CF to friends & family and what advice would you give them?

Totally!!! Although my friends and family do think I’m slightly bonkers as I don’t stop talking about it.

 

 

Callis:

how did you get involved in CF?
I was approached by a few friends who said my mindset would enjoy crossfi. So after a year of deliberating, procrastinating and going through the perambulations of ‘globo’ gym life I saw motivation decrease, results diminish and was looking for that ‘band of brothers’ community feel. I started looking for boxes and viewed a rival box; I soon realised one had just opened on my door step and the Journey thus began!
first wod ever?
Baseline was my introductory and then after that it was Fight Gone Bad.
when did you start coming to CFSL?
In accordance to my diary it was the 18th of April 2013.
when did you realise CF was right for you?
I enjoyed the programming from the offset but during our first internal throwdown that community spirit I sought after became evident and it was that moment that I knew…this is what life is about!
what are your short term and long term goals?
Short term: To continue to make a daily advancement with my crossfit knowledge. Long term; To make an impact.
what is your biggest accomplishment?
Increasing my mobility to the point where my peers could see a development; no where near where I want to be but definitely felt chuffed at that point!Alongside that I have enjoyed defying limitations that are far too frequently used as excuses.
what is your favorite wod/movements?
WOD: IsabelMovement: Snatch! So technical but so enjoyable too!
least favourite?
WOD: Murphy Movement: Thrusters
what do you do for a profession outside CF? 
Away from the box (yes I do leave!) I am a pre-employment tutor; working alongside 16-18 year olds who have been youth offenders or fall into the Not in Employment, Education or Training category. I deliver a set of practical and theoretical seminars based on motivational perspectives, employability, character development whilst assisting in mentoring them through gym, English and Maths qualifications and holding down an employed position.Finally, would you recommend CF to friends & family and what advice would you give them?I have heard it a few times and I am congruent to the notion; Crossfit is for anyone but not for everyone’.  It has to be tried for you to realize you don’t enjoy it….next thing you will be obsessed with it! I mean, who doesn’t want a community where no matter what happens in your personal life you all pull through these situations together? The way I view crossfit is the same way I view life: ‘Variety is the spice of life but continuity brings stability’. So through regular attendance you will gain that platform of stability in life required to develop; but the constantly varied program will ensure one spicy life!
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