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Athlete of the Month – Rudy Sayegh

April Athlete of the Month

It’s been a little while since we’ve profiled one of our amazing members.  Our April Athlete of the Month award goes out to Rudy Sayegh!  Rudy began with us as via personal training, and after developing a solid base of fitness, graduated into main classes, becoming a regular fixture of our 430pm ‘happy hour’ sessions.  Next up was his son Adrian, training in our teens classes for a year, and recently joining his Dad in adult classes, where he gives him a good run for his money!!  Wife Jenni has also recently joined us, making it a real family affair, and now, thanks to Rudy’s generosity and forward thinking, he has many of the employees from his company Euro Plumbing getting started with us.

When Rudy joined us, he already had this natural ‘raw’ strength, but things like pullups and basic flexibility were tough.  I could tell he was literally just showing up in the beginning, it was hard work, but the appointments for our private training helped keep him accountable, and as he started to see the improvements, his motivation and commitment only grew.

Rudy is now one of the stronger men in the gym, but I’m more impressed at both his improvements in mobility, and his awareness of how important good movement is in order to prevent injury and stay healthy for decades to come.

Let’s hear a few words from the guy himself.  Congrats Rudy!

“TWO YEARS!! I can’t believe it! Where did the time go???

When I joined CrossFit NZ I weighed just over 94 KG, last week I just cracked the 76KG! I’m over the moon!  My only regret was that I didn’t start much earlier.

I still remember my first session and how you said “ be careful, we call these bikes “Satans Tricycle” I thought, yeh whatever, I’m fit.. and hit it as hard as I could, resulting in me throwing up outside and getting a migraine for 24 hours!  I thought because I kicked a ball around twice a week that “I was fit”.  That was my wakeup call and knew I had to change if I wanted to stay healthy in my 40’s.

Now its more to me than just losing weight. I love everyone at CrossFit NZ! The encouragement, the power and a healthy amount of competitiveness keep me going and going and going.. I think I’m getting addicted! Is that ok????

 CrossFit NZ has changed not only my life, but also that of my family. Our eating habits have changed and our view towards fitness has changed considerably. I could go on and on about the benefits, but you already know all that! I hope I can continue being part of CFNZ for as long as possible and I am introducing a scheme into my company Euro Plumbing as I can see the benefits of for all my staff.

On a personal note Darren, thanks for all the support you and your team have provided, the coaches are just awesome! “

1.       CFNZ turns 8 this year!!  How long have you been a member?

I just hit year 2

2. What made you wander through that roller door for the first time? Did something pivotal change in your life that led you to your decision
to be more awesome?

I was considering some form of “personal training” for some time because I slacked with everything else especially self-motivation, then a good friend started CrossFit training and would not shut up about it so I had to find a local gym and see what all the fuss was about. The rest is history!

3. Can you remember your first workout with us?

Oh yes.. The evil airbike! I remember the workout consisted of airbike, burpees and squats. After round three I had to go outside, hide in a corner and cry. I had been playing left wing soccer for two years by then and thought I was fit… how mistaken I was.

4. They say CrossFit is a cult……but a good cult….. ;) What changes in your life have occurred since becoming a CFNZ cult member?

Crossfit for me is definitely a social group with deviant practices which is roughly how a “cult” is described….. ;)

As we grow older and get set in our ways, we forget what our bodies used to do when we were younger and how that contributed to our total wellbeing. Things like jumping, crawling, rope climbing, hand stands etc. Somehow, bit by bit all that got lost over the years and the only thing I gained was weight!

My goodness I will never forget my first bear crawl! I can’t explain it but these natural movements are somehow programmed into our DNA and when “re-applied” the way they are at CFNZ, my body somehow reconnected the dots and made me feel “rejuvenated” like never before! I’m fitter, more confident, my lower back pain is practically gone and I can actually start seeing what seems to be an outline of a 2 pack.. does that sound weird? 

I lost 20 KG’s and put on 10 KG of extra muscle. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you have that kind of positivity in your life.

5. You are having a dinner party. Which 3 people would you invite, living or dead?

My wife and kids

6. What do you get up to when you’re not becoming stronger, faster, smarter at CFNZ?

Snowboarding in winter and hunting in summer, life is good. 

7. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?


8. I am blown away by the effort of everyone that trains at CFNZ. Is there any one that inspires you or you’d like to shout out to (hero worship is allowed….just this once)?

Honestly I have so many names I want to list. I’m always inspired by those that don’t give up and keep coming again and again and again regardless of hard it is, despite how tired they are, how hurt or how old. Every single one is a hero in their own right. 

9. What is your biggest achievement since becoming a member of CFNZ?

Overhead squats, oh my oh my do I struggle with those!

10. What would we always find in your fridge?

Chilli and Olives

11. What do you want to cross off your CFNZ bucket list over the next year?

200KG DL, at least a few bar muscle ups, some shawarmas and I hope to complete all the events RX at the next Open.

12. Would you like to give a shout out to a workout bro?  That person who is always in your class time, the one you buddy up with on back squats, and maybe you paint a target on their back to chase in metcons??

Definitely Sam and Ray! You guys are awesome.

13. Interesting fact that people may not know about you…?

I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, so carful I may knock on your door one day ;)

14. In 3 words explain why you CrossFit.

I love it. 

5 x 10, building

10 DB Snatch, heavy
10 Weighted Situps, light
AMRAP in 6mins

Axle Deadlifts and Deadball Shoulders

250/200m Row
10 Power Cleans
E4M x 3

DB Bench
3 x 10-12, heavy
Strict Pullups
3 x 6-8, heavy

10 DB Rows
15 Hanging Knee Raises
30m Box Push
AMRAP in 12mins

Front Rack Walking Lunges
5 x 12, building

Swing + Clean + Front Squat + Pushpress e/arm
6 Burpee Lateral Jumps
100m Run
AMRAP 7 minutes

Heavy 3, then 10

Double KB Complex
3 Russian Swings
3 Hang Power Cleans
3 Front Squats
With a partner, “you go, I go”.
6 rounds each.

Hang Snatch
- find a heavy double

15 Power Snatches 45/30kg
800m Run
600m Run
25 Power Clean
400m Run

Muscle Up drills
Ring Dips

70 Double unders
50m Sled Drag
30m Bear Crawl
AMRAP in 12min

Front Squat
3 x 8, heavy

10 DB Thrusters
10 TTB
10 SDHP 40/25kg
AMRAP 7 minutes

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