MEMBER OF THE MONTH
29 May 2020 | by CrossFit Amsterdam

COACH OF THE MOMENT

GOING below parallel with coach Dustin

Our Box Manager from Aussie land!
When Dustin walked into our box, we loved him right away! Funny, community minded and LOVES CrossFit and our box. He is our Box Manager for almost 2 years now and we wouldn't wanna work without him.
This interview is a good read for those who would like to know a bit more about him. Enjoy!

1. How did you choose to train at CrossFit Amsterdam?
I was in a long distance relationship with my now wife, and literally googled CrossFit Amsterdam when I visited her the first time and this box came up. It had a vibe similar to the box I was training in back in Australia and at the time was doing some crazy programming so was able to use the gym throughout the day. For a while I spent so much time here I would nap on the floor between sessions instead of going home.

2. What is your worst CrossFit movement/skill and why?
I have several movements/skills that definitely require work. I used to play Australian Rules football and do lots of swimming so I neglected heavy lifting over the years, as a result my pure strength (squatting, bench pressing etc) is a real weakness. Strict gymnastics movements aren’t in my wheelhouse either and I currently don’t dedicate enough time to them to truly improve or enjoy them. 

3. Do you have hobbies, other than CrossFit?
It is pretty cliche however since living in the Netherlands I have started to do a lot more travelling. Is eating a hobby? Drinking red wine is a hobby right?   

4. We love your Ozzie facts, what is the best one?
If you visit one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all. The other one is that Australia is the greatest Cricketing nation on earth.

5. What is your vision on the programming that you do for the box?
My goal is to provide members, no matter their fitness and skill levels, the opportunity to improve and get fitter. There are so many things we all want to get better at, I try and programme so that we attack the basics as often as we can and improve on our “instagram” movements/skills. Keeping the programme constantly varied, with plenty of functional movements and enabling workouts to be performed at high intensity is the major goal. :)

6. Since you live in Amsterdam for 3 years now, what do you like best about the city?
Amsterdam is such an easy city to get around and a great city to live in. There is so much to do and so many places to explore. I absolutely love having a bike as my main mode of transport and Dutch people love having a beer. Summers in this city are pretty bloody amazing also. Also, a huge fan of bitterballen - where have they been all my life.

7. What do you miss about Australia?
Of course family and friends, but being able to visit the beach pretty easily. Yes I know the Netherlands has “beaches” however they just aren’t the same. It is socially acceptable to wear thongs (flip flops) pretty much anyway. People driving on the right side of the road is something I miss too.

8. We have you as a box manager for almost 2 years now, is there something you like best about your job?
Honestly, sounds corny, but seeing people achieve things they never thought they could/would or seeing people achieve a goal or a PR that they have been working towards is such a cool feeling. Perry doing things is a pretty good perk as well!

9. Manbun/No Manbun, Beard/No beard, Mustache/No Mustache, what can we expect next?
Probably going to move into a sensible old man’s haircut and start wearing glasses. I have been very close to a shaved head several times during the quarantine. I really don’t know at the moment. I have been trying to convince my wife I would look good with short hair dyed blonde, however she hasn’t come around to my way of thinking just yet.