Getting to Know: Shaun Edge
1) Name: Shaun Edge
2) Age: 31
3) What do you do when you are not at the box?
I work at the British High Commission in the Internal Politics and Economics Section. In my spare (non-CrossFit) time I enjoy watching football and like to travel with my wife, Amanda.
4) How did you start CrossFit and how long have you been doing it?
Many of my wife’s friends were doing CrossFit overseas and she kept showing me all their Facebook posts. While it did look intriguing, it equally looked incredibly intense and intimidating so I kept making excuses for not giving it a go. Eventually Amanda convinced me to join On-Ramp at CFB in November 2013. In terms of how long I have been CrossFitting I would say that I have only since January 2014 as I didn’t attend many classes in my first three months.
5) What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?
Competing in my first competition (LMS 2014 individuals) ranks high in terms of achievements as does being able to RX workouts that I never could but I think my biggest achievement was getting my first Bar Muscle-Up. I had been practising and failing for months and then one day it just all went right and I got it. One the best feelings ever.
6) What is your best and worst movement or WOD?
My worst movements are Squat Snatches (hang or otherwise), burpees and running long distances. My favourite movements mostly involve weights so thrusters, clean and jerks, wallballs and I also enjoy doing HSPU’s (even though I can only do a few at a time). I know it is crazy but I enjoy “Karen” every now and then.
7) Most memorable moment at CFB?
I would have to say competing in events like LMS and the Open, not primarily for the competing part but more because of the constant support I received from everyone. From early on, even when I was still doing workouts at the box with an empty bar, it was incredible to witness all the support from fellow athletes and coaches. I know it sounds clichéd but the cheering really does help you get that last lift or rep in. Another memorable moment occurred during the SA Fitness League this year where I saw CrossFitters who were not even from our box cheering on CFB members trying to complete workouts. You do not often see that in other sports, it really is something special.
8) Who inspires you at the box and why?
The coaches inspire me not only because they are always well prepared for class and willing to offer advice but mainly because they get just as excited as we do when we PB and do well. In terms of fellow athletes there are too many people to mention by name but certain people inspire me for certain reasons. Some for their excellent technique, others for their dedication but most for their immensely positive attitudes and willingness to help you and cheer you on.
9) Any words of wisdom to your fellow CFBers or newbies?
Perseverance is the key when it comes to CrossFit. I cannot count the number of times I failed trying to achieve a certain lift or gymnastic exercise and while it can be demoralising seeing everyone else getting the lift or the movement, just keep working on it and eventually you will get it. Achieving something that is easy is not as rewarding as achieving something that required months or even years of hard work and dedication.