Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself and your story.
Call me Mart! Married to my beautiful wife Sheri (whom you shall meet) and daddy to my amazing little girls Heart (7) & Haven (4). I was born into the fitness industry. My parents owned and operated two of the first gym/fitness/squash clubs on the Sunshine Coast through the late 80's and 90's. Through my childhood this was all I knew and I loved it. My earliest memories were of being at the gym looking into the aerobics classes, the music blaring with 80’s hits and all these fit people jumping around in hot fluro! I’d then wander over to the weights area with all the big guys pumping iron and remember I wanted to be just like them.
Why did you choose to enter this space of Health, Wellness & CrossFit?
I fell in love with the programming of CrossFit, especially the Weightlifting. When I was still a PT in a regular gym we started weightlifting and doing the CrossFit WODs then it was just a natural progression to move out and start our own CrossFit gym helping others.
Favourite WOD or Exercise?
When I'm fit I love the short, intense WODs like Fran, Diane & Grace. When I'm not so fit, I like to lift weights, stay mobile and and chase the pump! 😁
Who or what inspires you and what has been the main influence to your journey?
My main influences early on were my parents. If it weren't for them I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing today. Since the beginning I've learnt from so many coaches and still am!
I'm very routine with my food so I can pretty much eat the same thing day-in day-out. But, for my last meal on earth - would have to be slow smoked brisket, crispy roast potatoes, fried rice and ginger/garlic sauteed vegetables and a fruit crumble for dessert that my wife Sheri makes for me.
Favourite getaway destination?
I love Bali. I thoroughly enjoy the little weekend getaways in our vintage 1976 caravan Matilta too!
Favourite motivational quote?
So many I vibe with but lately "To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail" Michael Jordan
What's one OCD trait you have?
I have an obsessive habit of keeping our floor clean of dust and fluff at home (the Dyson permanently lives in the kitchen!).
Bachelor Degree in Sport & Exercise Science (QLD)
CrossFit L1 & L2 Trainer
Precision Nutrition L1 Certified
Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy (QLD)
Active Release Technique (ART) trained
Level 2 Strength and Conditioning (ASCA)
Level 1 Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach (AWF)
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CrossFit Scaling Course
Level 1 & 2 Pendlay Olympic Weightlifting certified
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) qualified