Simon started CrossFit LTD Australia in 2013. After having their baby boy, Simon and Ashley moved back to Canada to be near family. Simon is also former Professional Ice hockey player. Upon nearing the end of his career he started looking for a new passion. Luckily, he and his wife and co-trainer Ashley, were introduced to CrossFit in Frankfurt, Germany where they were living at the time. One trial session and he was hooked. “I still remember my first workout of 21-15-9, Wall balls, KB Swings and Burpees, at the time this 5 minute or so workout got more out of me than an hour and a half normally at the gym. I have never enjoyed going to the gym and doing typical Globo gym style workouts. I just couldn’t get motivated in that atmosphere. My former teammates and friends laugh at me now that they see how fit I am and that I love training- this just wasn’t for me in younger hockey playing days. Once I found CrossFit I was able to feel like I was training and competing instead of exercising. CrossFit translates to so many other aspects of life in terms of confidence and mental toughness, not just the body image”
Nickname: Si, Bargo
Favourite Workout: Anything with squats or lunging.
Least Favourite Workout: Angie (anything with 100 reps of the same thing sucks)
Favourite CrossFit/motivational quote: “The goal is to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam. So remember that. Relax. Have fun. Work out.” – Pat Sherwood
Ashley first encountered CrossFit at her friends’ box in Frankfurt, Germany where Simon and she were living at the time. Like Simon, Ashley will never forget her first WOD, 21-15-9 wall balls, KB swings and Burpees. Although this workout was tough for her, she immediately fell in love with this way of working out. “Unlike Simon, I used to really enjoy going to the gym and getting a good workout in but after I experienced CrossFit I ditched the gym membership. I just loved how CrossFit had a natural community feel and I was able to workout with and compete against my friends in workouts that I would have never even thought about doing before. After a few months of CrossFit I couldn’t believe the movements I was completing and the weight I was lifting. Prior to CrossFit I couldn’t do push ups properly, could barely lift a 20 kilo bar over my head, and viewed pull-ups as something only guys could do. Seeing improvements in just a few weeks, noticing my lifts progressing and my body changing I knew that CrossFit was the right sport for me. As a trainer, I love coaching others and witnessing their progress and helping them achieve their goals. The littlest of achievements should always be celebrated”
Favourite Workout: I love the WOD ‘Helen’- 3 rounds of 400 m run, 21 kettle bell swings and 12 pull ups. I also won’t object to a good chipper WOD!
Least Favourite Workout: Anything with rowing
Favourite CrossFit/motivational quote: “No, it doesn’t ever get any easier. You wouldn’t want it to either.” Greg Glassman- CrossFit founder.