Huge congrats to Gerrard for taking out the February Athlete of the month! This hardworking Dad puts in 110% every WOD and gave his all in the 1st Access Sheild WOD and completing it all RX. Gerrard trains with his brother Ryan and has a huge bench press! Look forward to watching this Masters athlete achieve so much this year! Lets get to know more about Gerrard here:
Name: Gerrard Simeons
Occupation: Project Manager/Engineer
How long have you been at CrossFit Access Morley? 5.5 months
What do you enjoy doing outside of CrossFit? Anything involving lifting weights, boxing, trying to play the guitar, photography and dad duties. In reality outside work, Dad duties, CrossFit and sleeping I don’t have much spare time these days.
What is your favourite and least favourite movements or WODs? Favourite – Olympic lifting and rowing – Who am I kidding its Bench Press 🙂 Least Favourite – Burpees followed closely by lunges
What your biggest achievement so far? Making the commitment to train 3-4 days per week and sticking to it for almost 6 months.
What are your future goals? I have lots of future goals but most of them focus on getting myself to a point where I can compete actively in the Masters League – oh and I want to get double unders and muscle ups.
Tell us something we don’t know about you: I used to be an amateur boxer and still love to pull the gloves on when given the opportunity. My claim to fame is that I spared with Danny Green once and survived to tell the tale.
Who’s your box buddy?My bro Ryan but saying that its hard to pick one box buddy given how friendly everyone is at the box. I usually train at 4:30pm and the crew that train at that time are all very supportive.
Why did you start CrossFit? My interest in CrossFit started about 6 or 7 years ago. I keenly followed CrossFit events and even tried a few WOD’s at home. Over this time and with three young children demanding most of my spare time I never thought I was “fit” enough to actually start doing CrossFit so stuck to going to the gym and training at home. About 12 months ago I started to get a bit more free time to work on my fitness and got to a point where I thought I was ready to give CrossFit a go. I managed to convince my bro Ryan to take up a trial at Morley and the rest is history. My biggest regret is not starting CrossFit earlier! In hindsight and now understanding the scaling options available I was “ready” to start years ago.
What do you love about CrossFit Access Morley?The main thing that keeps me coming back to Morley are the great people. The athletes and coaches give me the motivation to keep training day after day. The box has a great sense of community and the competitor in me loves to see what can be achieved with hard work as you get to watch everyone improve over time. I am constantly amazed at the level of commitment the athletes and coaches show with people hardly ever missing training and always being available to lend a helping hand.
Any advice for anyone just starting their CrossFit journey? Just start training! – Don’t think you need to be “fit” or “strong” to start CrossFit just get into it! The first few months are going to be hard but stick with it and you will reap the rewards. Also don’t be afraid to scale where required and take baby steps to make steady gains over time. Above all listen to the coaches and leave your ego at the door.