Tommy Fankhanel - The Ox Box Crew '18
He is the physical embodiment of persistence and determination. Tommy's road to fitness has not been an easy one, yet he has shown us not take no for an answer when it gets tough. Also, he wishes he was the son of Kanye, lucky for us he is way too nice and genuine to fit the bill.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOU ROLE AT THE OX BOX?
I am a Coach, and keep this place looking clean (you’re welcome).
WHY DO YOU ENJOY WORKING AT THE OX BOX?
I’m guaranteed to be around people that I enjoy being around doing things we love doing. We love and challenge each other.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I know the lyrics to almost every Kanye song.
I used to have a big time video game addiction (and am still susceptible).
I used to be pretty good at speaking French, but have since lost it.
On a drive home from school my mate and I simultaneously decided we were fat and that we would wake up early the next morning for a run. Those runs turned into bench press and bicep curls at the gym. He got strong and big and I ended up getting skinny. Fast forward a little bit and I’m waking up at 4:30am to come to class with my mum (Tammy). Before all that, 14 years of basketball and a few years of footy.
My initial CrossFit experience was awesome, you are exposed to all these new movements and each class there is something new to try and conquer, full of excitement. Now it’s more about a long-term health journey that I get to share with the people around me. They find enjoyment in my success and I find enjoyment in theirs.
Do more things now to look back on fondly in the future.
Learn as much as I can and then share the knowledge with as many people as I can.
Become a well rounded athlete that’s still training at a high level at 60 years old and longer.
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
Got my first muscle up in front of my family. Stayed up the top and yelled Josh’s name (as he had witnessed me miss about 100 times before).
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
If I love to WOD to it, I’ve probably (definitely) snuck it in there, but:
Go F*** Yourself - Two Feet
If You Know You Know - Pusha T
4th Dimension - Kids See Ghosts
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
WOULD YOU GO BACK IN THE PAST OR GO INTO THE FUTURE AND WHY? WHICH TIME PERIOD WOULD YOU GO TO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Back to primary school times to enjoy stuff like playing basketball with the neighbours, making slip n slides, playing video games with friends, all the good stuff.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
WHAT'S THAT INGREDIENT THAT YOU ALWAYS END UP ADDING TO YOUR DISHES?
Italian herbs or Paprika
IF YOU WERE IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE WHAT WOULD BE THE OBJECT YOU'D ALWAYS HAVE ON YOU?
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
A basketball and a pair of Yeezys.
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
New York City.