Getting to Know: Dean Robinson

1) Name: Dean Robinson

2) Age: 21

3) What do you do when you are not at the box?

This year I’ll be starting my 3rd year of my Bcom Accounting Degree, so lectures and studying takes up the majority of my time. I also have a girlfriend who likes to see my face quite often. Otherwise I’m busy doing normal student life stuff with good mates.

4) How did you start CrossFit and how long have you been doing it?

Haha Jess (girlfriend) lives next door to the box and used to hear coach Nico shouting (motivationally!) at the 5AM and 6AM classes. I was always interested in CrossFit so I went to sign up! I started in March 2014

5) What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?

Interning at the box is definitely up there, hopefully it can be trumped in a few weeks if I can pass the Level 1.

6) What is your best and worst movement or WOD?

Favourite movement is a standing up a heavy squat snatch, worst is box jumps by faaaaaar

7) Most memorable moment at CFB?

The first moment that comes to mind was during 2015 Fitness League. Paul van der Merwe was finishing his 100 or 150 Kettlebell swings and all his teammates as well as us supporters and the opposition team were counting him down. The atmosphere during those last 10 reps was intense!

8) Who inspires you at the box and why?

My sister, because it’s quite embarrassing if she beats me haha!

I would say all the coaches at the box, just by the way they interact with people and how the have their own unique ways of creating such a positive environment. They also know when is the right time to be serious, and the right time to play handball in the middle of the gym.

9) Any words of wisdom to your fellow CFBers or newbies?

Remember we all have our good and bad days, so try not to beat yourself up too much just because you didn’t perform the way you wanted to or because someone put a better score than you on the whiteboard.

“We all here to lift weight, get fit, and have a good time” – Mahatma Gandhi