Tom Rea - Athlete of the Month June '19
An open letter by Coach Josh,
Tom is a straight up nice dude. Finding his place in our early morning classes, this quiet achiever humble attacks each workout striking the right balance between pushing himself and staying safe which has lead to big improvements in his fitness and mobility.
Anyone who will happily tackle a workout 5kg under the Rx weight is someone who’s mindset is in the right place when it comes to training.
I am excited to see how you continue to improve Tom, especially with your dedication to your overhead mobility, it is a slow road but a worthwhile one. Keep listening and keep pushing, i am excited to see how you go in October with the second open for 2019.
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
IT Consultant / Project Manager - at the moment I'm working with clients to help develop IT strategies and fulfill their technology aspirations for new commercial office buildings.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I'm a Kiwi (yes I do dead lufts from the mud shun - respect to Coach Kev). I've lived in a lot of different places throughout my life including NZ, US, Guam, Malaysia, Singapore, Egypt, London, Paris, and Melbourne which I have to say has been the best yet. Also, I'm about to become a Dad in August which is super exciting :)
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT COLLINGWOOD?
Laura and I came in and met with Coach Josh, we were both really keen to try something different. We had been doing F45 for a year before and CrossFit seemed much more exciting. I think it was a Saturday morning, and the metcon must have been cleans or snatches because I could remember lots of barbells being dropped from a great height... slightly intimidating!
HOW DID YOU FIND THE OX BOX?
My wife - she always has the best ideas
As a child I was mainly into team sports such as Soccer, Rugby, and Basketball. Later on in life when my social life sometimes got in the way of the obligations of team sports I got into long distance running as it's a great way to exercise and clear the head while getting to explore new places. When I moved to Melbourne I wanted to get more serious about my fitness and I joined F45 in Fitzroy for a year which was great but started to get a bit repetitive. Laura and I then came into the Ox Box to give it a go and we haven't looked back since!
CrossFit is what gets me out of bed in the morning. It's not the fear of the no show fee penalty, but the jolt that I need to get the day going. Let's be honest, if you can get through a CrossFit workout first thing in the morning, you can tackle anything the day throws at you.
In my personal life, my (our) goal has been to start a family and we're both super excited and blessed for this to be happening very soon!
To never get into a comfort zone and to never stop learning.
Generally improve in all weightlifting and gymnastics movements, but in particular this year I've been focusing on improving my squat strength, and my shoulder mobility.
WHATS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL MOMENT IN YOUR CROSSFIT JOURNEY?
CrossFit Open 2019 - I was able to RX 3 of the 5 WODs (even if it wasn't pretty!).
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD?
Murph - it's a great benchmark workout, but also a great way to commemorate Australian and New Zealand Forces.
3 SONGS YOU LOVE TO WOD TO?
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
Eyes - Rufus du Sol We
Are Your Friends - Justice Vs. Simian
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?
Into the future, according to Back to the Future we should have hoverboards by now so I want to know when we'll be getting them.
WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO TRAIN?
Mornings, it's good to shock your system to prepare it for the day ahead.
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PIRATE OR A NINJA?
Drunken criminal with missing limbs or agile warrior that can do flips - Ninja!
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TREAT FOOD?
Juicy Lucy burgers - if you don't know what they are, Google it. Amazing.
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?
Light Saber - better than a shot gun as there's no need to reload.
IF YOU WERE AN ACTION FIGURE WHAT WOULD YOUR 2 ACCESSORIES BE?
A pair of nunchucks because Michelangelo
IF YOU COULD GO ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Sunbathing on the Mediterranean with Bae in Cassis
TOM’S TIPS FOR READERS
Don't listen to me!