Garry’s focused on enjoying his training, not PBs and CrossFit keeps him sane after a Rugby injury. His approach is working, in 2017 he made it all the way to the finals of the Athens Throwdown!

How old are you, Garry?

38yrs

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and where do you train?

Just over 4 years, train at Crossfit Leeds

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What are the other commitments in your life?

My 2 young girls and wife Shelley. I’m an Operations Manager for a utility company that seems to get in way of training quite a lot.

What keeps you coming back for more?

I’m kind of past the stage of chasing my PBs down and beating my WOD times. I’m much more focused on enjoying my time at the box. Main reasons for coming back for more being that I am dedicated to keeping myself fit and healthy and I much prefer group exercise than training alone.

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What achievements are you most proud of?

Solely on Crossfit, although I’ve had some podium finishes, biggest achievement was making the final of the Athens Throwdown, an amazing competition, such a professional set up. I’ll never get to regionals but imagine this is what it feels like! Some outstanding athletes, very difficult WODS and scraped into the final by 1 point. Finished 7th!

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How was the Open for you this year?

Really enjoyed it for the first time in a while. I spent the winter months where I was only really training CrossFit 2-3 times a week. Instead, I trained in the warm surrounding of a globo gym (I like to call it accessory work), followed by Sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Therefore I used the open to get my fitness levels up ready for the Athens Throwdown and it seemed to do the job.

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What are your strengths?

I think I’m a pretty decent all rounder, I do like a bar muscle up and HSPUs though…my transition times are where I make my time up

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What are your weaknesses?

Assault Bike and heavy squat snatch…and pizza!

What are your current goals?

In Crossfit, try to qualify for Athens Throwdown again, expect it will get harder each year.

Who does your programming?

I have come away from a structured program as such. After following Invictus, Comp train and personalised programming, I found that the pressure to complete the programming was affecting my mood towards training due to the limited time I had.

I train at 6am each morning before work. Usually, one of these mornings will be in a hotel. I try to get Squats, Bench, Deadlift and Olympic lifts in each week, but this sometimes rolls over into the next week.

My WODs are a mixture of Long, Short, and Intervals. These come from various sources, one of my favourites is Linchpins Monster Mash. I join in the class WODS and/or train with a few of the guys in the morning open gym (shout out to Team Massive). It’s very flexible, no pressure to get things done.

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Can we find you on social media? Who do you follow on social media that you’d recommend to others?

I’m on facebook but don’t really contribute much. I like to see what the other guys at the gym are achieving. I’m also an official Amigo, Christian Loyer’s Vlogs are entertaining (Masterunited)!


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What supplements do you swear by?

I don’t take any. Apart from a scoop of chocolate Protein powder in my porridge.

What’s always in your kit bag?

Callous shaver. Used to rip every week until I invested in one of these.

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What advice would you give to a Master just starting out in CrossFit?

Try your best not to get injured; get your movements right, don’t go too heavy, make sure you allow time to recover. Don’t overtrain; You don’t want to be walking around in life with DOMS, Aches, Pains and fatigued every day – it’s about being fit n healthy – sometimes less is more!

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What’s the key to effective recovery for you?

I have a sauna once a week.

Favourite quote?

Favourite CrossFit quote, useful when deciding what weight to go at on a WOD:

“Don’t be a Hero….but don’t be a Pussy”

What would you advise CrossFitters to stop doing? What should they start (if they aren’t already!)?

Don’t take it too seriously

Compete, whether that be RX, scaled, Masters, team, partner…it’s a great buzz!

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What did you do prior to Crossfit?

Well, I played Rugby League all my life but had to retire early at age 23yrs old due to injury; I played on with a dead leg which led to some serious complications. Anyhow, I was basically unable to use my left leg for anything other than walking for about 4 years… The injury meant I couldn’t compete in a contact sport. I did globo gym , Circuit training and boot camps. When I found Crossfit, I was so happy to be able to compete again, it really filled a space left from my rugby days.


Thanks for a great interview, Garry!


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