Testimonials

What is your name, age, occupation?
Brendan Dickinson, 42 years old, Primary School Principal

What brought you to CrossFit JAK?
Some friends had joined and seemed to be really enjoying it. I was struggling for motivation to get the gym and thought I’d come along for a trial and see how I go.

Did you have any fears or apprehension before you started at CrossFit JAK?
I wondered how I would go with the movements and was quite anxious about the gymnastics components. I’m not known for my flexibility and was nervous that I would not be able to do lots of things.

How would you say this program is different than others you’ve tried?
I love that it is always varied and challenging. I can see myself improving all of the time. It is great to just get out of bed and turn up, not needing to think about the program as it is all done for me. I never get bored like I was in the traditional gym.

What is something you can do now that you weren’t able to do before you started?
There is so much, apart from now being able to touch my toes without bending my knees, my very first goal was to be able to do ten pull ups. When I started I could do just one. Where I used to be anxious about the gymnastics component, I now Iook forward to it.

How has CrossFit JAK changed who you are?
I’m the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been, I feel more confident and have made so many knew friends who are like minded.

What has surprised you most since you started?
I go to the morning classes most of the time and I never turn my alarm off and go back to bed. As soon as it goes off I jump up and get going. This is so much different to when I was going to the traditional gym. Being at JAK is like being in a team where everyone supports you and encourages to be your best. At most gyms I’ve been to people don’t talk or joke around. At JAK there is always someone to have a laugh with when you are working out and to give you that little extra push to go just that bit further.

A lot of people are worried they’re not fit enough to try CrossFit. What would you say to them?
I learnt very early that you are not competing with anyone else, just trying to improve your own performance. There are some aspects that I am still not good at but keep challenging myself to try to improve. Whatever your fitness level, that’s your starting point. You’ll be amazed at how much you improve and how quick the fitness comes.

Brendan Dickinson

What is your name, age, occupation?
Greg, Self employed Building and Pest Inspections. BPI Wollongong

What brought you to CrossFit JAK?
I tried cross fit at another gym and liked the movements. I saw Jak and the times suit my schedule so I walked in one day.

Did you have any fears or apprehension before you started at CrossFit JAK?
Not really, I’ve always played sport in various forms and like the idea of a class where I can just walk in do what I’m told, get a good work out before I start the day.

How would you say this program is different than others you’ve tried?
I like the high intensity style of the WODS. Its challenging every day no matter what the work out is.

What is something you can do now that you weren’t able to do before you started?
I’ve had two knee reconstructions and always had trouble since squatting and sitting on my feet. I can not Crough down, sit on my feet, squat which for me is a great feeling.

How has CrossFit JAK changed who you are?
It’s an awesome way to start the day, it clear my head and makes me a nicer person to deal with.

What has surprised you most since you started?
How old and slow I am and how much I enjoy it.

A lot of people are worried they’re not fit enough to try CrossFit. What would you say to them?
Its not about how fit you are. It’s about learning and practicing the movements, the weights and intensity can be increased as you get further into it. Its personalised to suit your ability.

Greg

What is your name, age, occupation?
Chev, 35 and works at CUA

What brought you to CrossFit JAK?
My hubby started training at JAK in 12 months earlier and loved it and kept encouraging me to give crossfit a try plus he wanted to be able to train with me.

Did you have any fears or apprehension before you started at CrossFit JAK?
Yes of course everyone looked so fit plus I’d heard there are a lot of injuries. Now I know why it is so important to be put through a fundamentals course before you start doing the class’s

How would you say this program is different than others you’ve tried?
I love that there are 3 components..warm up, strength and a metcon

What is something you can do now that you weren’t able to do before you started?
Lift heavy weights, wall handstand lol

How has CrossFit JAK changed who you are?
It has defiantly given me more drive and more push to get stronger and fitter especially with all the encouragement and after completing the fundamentals and being shown how do to the movements properly

What has surprised you most since you started?
My strength when pushed

A lot of people are worried they’re not fit enough to try CrossFit. What would you say to them?
It’s so much fun, especially in at JAK. There is so much encouragement by the trainers and members and it does not matter what fitness level you start at plus there is always the scaling option until you get better

Chev

What is your name, age, occupation?
Amy , 40 High School Teacher

What brought you to CrossFit JAK?
Friend recommended it as I was getting bored at Anytime Fitness

Did you have any fears or apprehension before you started at CrossFit JAK?
Not really, was excited about the challenge and learning new skills.

How would you say this program is different than others you’ve tried?
I like doing something different every day, also don't have to think as the whole program is on the board for you ready to go! I love the the social aspect of group training and always having a coach available for help or to push you.

What is something you can do now that you weren’t able to do before you started?
Hand stand push ups, pull ups, Olympic lifts.

How has CrossFit JAK changed who you are?
I used to focus on how exercise changed how I looked, but I now focus on what I can do!

What has surprised you most since you started?
How much I have enjoyed the social aspect of training with morning "crew".

A lot of people are worried they’re not fit enough to try CrossFit. What would you say to them?
Give it a crack! Crossfit makes you fit, you can scale or do alternate exercises. It really is for everyone! Three years n and I'm not even remotely bored!!

Amy