Free Laughs at CrossFit Black Five

Free Laughs at CrossFit Black Five


Laughter. How long have you and Craig been together? In a relationship? Three months. Official. Facebook official. [music playing] It’s not absolutely necessary to come to breakfast with your wrist wraps on by the way. You never know. I could get an injury drinking my coffee. Of all the pictures of anything, look at his legs. I’m surprised he can squat so much. Honestly. He’s good at squattin’ for what legs he’s got. He likes to color coordinate. It’s rare that he wouldn’t be wearing the same color T-shirt, boxer shorts and shoes all at the same time. So he couldn’t be involved at another box if it was gonna ruin his hairstyle, so? Aw, that’s rich. Hey! What are you doing? Look at his face! Cameraman: I was going to ask you how often you get mistaken for Vinnie Jones. [laughter] Is this on camera? Craig Massey is my idol, this man here. Like David Beckham is. [laughter] OK, warm up: It’s pissing down so let’s not run. How nice is that for a Friday, eh? [music playing] This gym was my opportunity to do this
full time. I was an engineer before I did this. You were already PT. I was already PT. So in a 10-minute window, 1,000-meter row. You’ve got some work to do after this, it’s gonna be heavy, it’s gonna be strict. The idea being that the team was that perfect blend of charisma and then we brought them in. [laughter] Who brought the charisma? You did. I’ll give you that. Darren Freeman, he’s the head coach and the owner of the gym. It is very important that people see his face. I open this door and see this big galoot. He was bigger than he is now because you’d been doing bodybuilding and stuff. He’s just making that shit up. [laughter] I used to play football. Let’s talk about your football career. Average. Semi-pro of ’07. [laughter] [laughter] Hands relaxed, really relaxed. When you’re there, drive and then catch. For me, it was the enthusiasm of the members. So, as a PT, people don’t want to be
there. They get a gym membership bought and they figure that that’s enough. Whereas in CrossFit, everybody wants to
get better, everybody wants to improve. That’s what sold it for me. Before I found CrossFit, I was drinking a lot. I just wanted to do something where there was conditioning and strength, and I wanted to do something where I could compete. In terms of my parents’ massive weight loss, they’ve probably lost about three stones since starting CrossFit. I’m ex-forces. I did a little bit about CrossFit in the forces, came in not even wanting to go anywhere else. I’ve still got a lot left in the tank and I can always go a bit harder than I think I can. My friend, she designed it for me ’cause apparently that’s how she
thinks I look when I train and that’s really not the case. It’s bizarre for me ’cause I’m not competitive or I didn’t think I was competitive and I’ve come in here and I really I am and it’s all about, I think when you find something you’re alright at, you want to be more than alright. You want to be really good at it. This year I kind of made a decision that this is actually what I want to do so I was studying civil engineering so I decided like “Scrap this.” I quit my degree in my masters year to become a coach full time. It’s just absolutely, without being corny, changed my life. But yeah, in a very positive way. The pressure of getting the first song right. Here we go. Cameraman: Why are you guys so funny together? [laughter] We’re not. I don’t think we are, really. [laughter] They’re like a married couple, basically. Bromance, definitely. They’re so funny
together, they just bounce off each other in terms of the banter. Just before you came in, they were just
arguing with each other about whether there was a band somewhere. It’s literally like watching Laurel and Hardy. They’d kind of be lost without each other. We don’t try to be funny. No we don’t. He’s just a bit dumb. Whoa. And he dresses like a [undistinguishable] and that just makes him for ya. Sorry, I’ve got to get that in there. Cameraman: Why does everyone call him Massey as opposed to Craig? I don’t know, I think, I don’t know why. Everyone seems to have a nickname. He calls me Denzel. Just like Denzel Washington. I don’t know. Mass and his pedal pushers, [laughter] the fashion. I don’t even know what she’s saying. He has skinny calves. Whoa! The coaches, the people you train with, even Danielle in reception, it’s the best part about the gym, the family atmosphere. It’s definitely
the people, definitely the trainers and it’s just completely different from
anything else, any other gyms that I’ve ever gone to. When you meet somebody who’s brand new and their willing to apply
themselves fully to [CrossFit] without any boundaries and just kind of making people realize that in their head they think, “Oh, I can’t do this,” just making them realize that yes you can. We’re quite lucky, really. I think that because of where we are, the general population of our membership are all sort of young professionals so everybody enjoys a beer, everybody enjoys socializing, everybody lives around and about. It’s the vibe they bring in that’s instilled across the whole of the gym. I think that’s why it is like it is. Bull shit coaches, though! [laughter] What’s the programming like? Terrible. (laughter) That’s why you don’t do it? [laughter] The program is great.

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