Josh Haigh - Athlete of the Month August '18
Over the course of his 2 years with us, Josh Haigh has been a shining beacon of consistency, hard work, commitment and talent.
A permanent fixture to the 5:30 am class and our evening specialty classes, Josh attends every session seeking to move with purpose and intent. There is great care in ensuring every rep looks the same, and that all those reps look as good as they possibly can, and that all those reps meet the required movement standards.
Although Josh is a familiar face at the top of the whiteboard day in and day out, he is always humble in regards to his performances and achievements. He cheers on the last one to finish, and embraces the energy of the cheers when he is the last to finish.
As an athlete, Josh is constantly improving, always challenging himself, and although he occasionally rocks up looking a little bit on the tired side, makes a clear effort to be attentive and responsive in class.
As a person, Josh has a gentle and approachable nature, is down for a friendly chat or joke, but always knows when it’s time to put his head down and do the work.
We are lucky to have him as part of our community.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
Traffic Engineer/Transport Planner. A majority of my job is working with developers to ensure that developments are suitably designed with regards to transport. This includes things like car parking and traffic assessments to developing sustainable transport initiatives and designing road networks. One of the biggest things I've learned through my work is that pretty much everybody exaggerates the impacts large development will have in terms of car parking and traffic as well as the time you can be stuck at traffic lights (a fun fact no traffic lights in Victoria have a cycle time longer than 140 seconds). The thing I enjoy the most about my work is it is constantly varied, just like Crossfit. As someone who struggles to pay attention to anything for longer than an hour the constantly varied nature of work helps to keep me engaged. In addition, the industry I work in is very small, and everyone knows everyone which makes it especially fun when we all catch up for the many events through the year (the primary reasons I miss Thursday night specialty classes).
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Most people don't seem to know my ethnic background and few people are able to pick that I am half Indonesian. I spent the first three years of my life living in Indonesia and regularly go back there. Both my parents are Indonesian teachers and Mum regularly takes school trips there. In fact, when I was about 10 I went on Sarah Fardy's Indo trip. I'm sure if you ask her nicely she will dig up some embarrassing photos of me from it.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD IN 2016?
The first person I met at Crossfit Collingwood was Josh and sitting down to have a chat about the box with him and Joanna. My first impressions were that the philosophy of the box around longevity and staying healthy really appealed to me. I tore my ACL a few years ago and since then I am far more conscious of trying to extend the health of my body as long as possible, knowing that I am already at a higher risk of developing knee issues now.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
We were moving from Moonee Ponds to Collingwood and our old box was a little bit too far away. I loved Crossfit and wanted to keep doing it so looked up what boxes were the closest to our new house. We were equidistant from Crossfit Collingwood and Crossfit Victoria. Collingwood had the timetable that worked better for our schedule so it was the first box we decided to visit and the rest, as they say, is history.
My first taste of fitness was in primary school when my school was entered into the Peak Fitness Challenge, which was kinda like CrossFit in that you had to go around and complete a heap of activities, there was skipping, a ball throw, a broad jump and other tests. I somehow managed to win the challenge out of all competing Primary Schools in Geelong. Following, my health and fitness took a bit of a slump. During high school, I played a variety of sports including swimming, basketball, and footy at different times. In around year 9, a few friends and I decided to have a crack at rowing, mostly cause we used to walk past the regattas on the Barwon River in Geelong and check out all the girls. Rowing introduced me to training early, we would train three days a week from 6:00 am – 7:00 am before school. After high school I completely stopped exercising and gained a heap of weight topping out at a bit over 100kg while I was at uni. Back then the most exercise I used to do was walking to and from my local Red Rooster. It was during this time I had a bit of a health scare, where doctors thought I may have some issues with my heart as I had high blood pressure. After a heap of tests, it turned out my heart was fine and that I had high blood pressure as a result of my weight and lifestyle. I was only 22 at the time, but the thought of dying young from something that was completely in my control terrified me and spurred me on to develop a healthier lifestyle. Personally, the biggest change for my fitness was changing my relationship with food, I taught myself to cook. Which helped me make healthier and tastier food choices. I then started going to the gym a little bit at uni but could never fully motivate myself to go regularly. During this time I stumbled across Crossfit on youtube, watching a random video with Rich Froning in it. It turns out I was watching events from the 2012 Crossfit Games, the year that Annie and Rich won. I got hooked on watching CrossFit videos, the whole concept of an athlete that can do a bit of everything really appealed to me, as someone that has always struggled with cardio. I watched CrossFit videos for almost two years before I finally took the plunge and signed up for my first Crossfit class in 2014. From there it has been a slow journey to lose the weight and get fitter, including setbacks like my ACL tear.
I have been doing Crossfit for almost five years now. I basically enjoy the constantly varied nature of CrossFit as well as the fact that I am held accountable to someone to attend class. I have always struggled to motivate myself so CrossFit helps to eliminate some of the things that would typically stop me from doing exercise. Also, I love all the cool movements we get to have a go at like muscle ups, Olympic lifting, handstand stuff and everything in between.
At the moment my goals are mainly related around being a more relaxed person and being content with what I have. I have a big fear of missing out a lot of the time, so I am currently trying to cut down on going out to every event possible.
Professionally, I have had an interesting 12 months having changed careers and then changed back, all of which has been quite stressful. My goal for the next year is to find a good balance at work and take my career a little less seriously.
My only goal at the moment is to hit a 100kg Snatch. Once I've done that though, I really want to focus on improving my open performance from this year.
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
There have been so many. I think my favorite moment was last month when I got a sub 3 minute Fran time, double bodyweight back squat and 2.5 bodyweight deadlift all in the same month. I never thought I would ever be fit enough to reach these milestones in my fitness journey and it was just such a great feeling. It also showed me that even when you're in a bit of a mental rut or you might not think you are making any gains in your training if you stay consistent and trust the program the hard work does really pay off.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
Surprisingly my favourite workout I have ever done is Unpartioned Weighted Murph. Other than that I love anything with lots of double unders and a heavy barbell.
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Youth Allowance - North East Party House
San Diego! - The Beach Bods
Boys - Charli XCX
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?
Future. Mainly cause its unknown and unknowable.
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
Ninja. Stealth, also they have sick gymanstics skills
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
Famil Size Poutine from Rock Salt and Vinegar for 1
WHAT'S THAT INGREDIENT THAT YOU ALWAYS END UP ADDING TO YOUR DISHES?
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 case of beer and a bottle of wine
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
San Sebastian in Spain
JOSH'S TIP TO ALL READERS
In addition, I make a shit tonne of playlists in my spare time at work.
Seriously check out my playlists.