Congratulations to Athlete of the Month for June – Lachie Pickering!
Who are you – age/nicknames/background?
35, Lok, Country Boy from up North QLD
What did you do Fitness-wise before CrossFit?
Never into any team sports, mainly outdoor adventures with friends.
Rock climbing, trail running, climbing mountains etc. A few years ago I spent 3 weeks in the Himalayas and trekked up to Mt Everest base camp.
CrossFit seems ideal as an all-round strength mobility and cardio program. I’ve never wanted to go to a gym and push around heavy weights. Plus I want to be a 90 year old man that can walk around on his hands, not all crippled and messed up!
What results have you seen while at CFC?
Lower body fat percentage, all round energy, strength and mobility are big ones. Learning a lot too from the coaches.
Favourite WOD/exercise, and least favourite?
Favourite would be strict calisthenics- weighted pull ups, weighted push ups, weighted squats, and weighted dips. Throw kettle bells into the mix and it’s all good! I’m looking forward to Murph.
Least favourite would be anything kipping. Doing something for reps with less effort doesn’t seem to add up to me, only creates injury and doesn’t create as much strength as doing something strict. I’m sure other people will disagree with that, it’s just my thoughts.
Dragon Roll from 79 Sushi! If you haven’t tried one of these you’re missing out!
What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?
Name one obsessive/compulsive trait?
Waking before the sunrise every morning. I figure if I’m up before the sun, I can make the most of my day. Impossible to sleep in, I find myself lying in bed, my mind ticking over thinking “I wonder what’s going on outside”.
Who or what inspires you?
Anyone how pushes themselves no matter what their level is.
Someone who is successful in life and enjoys their work. Happiness, not money equals a long happy life.
Advice to new comers?
Even though you’re sore, just keep turning up. It gets better. Leave your pride at the door, start with LIGHT weights, even though it feels like you could lift so much more, and focus on your technique. Heavier weight will come.