By Charge CrossFit in Member Spotlight,News / Workout Of The Day
Today I bring to you the man some call Damien Franz Joseph Simonetti, who many call Damo and I call…Omad. I reckon DFJ would be a sweet nickname also..?
I still remember that first day Damien came in, he was so eager to learn and push forward he did two sessions in a row! That eagerness certainly hasn’t diminished. He even turned up last week after only two hours sleep and nursing a hangover! (Although after the warm-up he smartly called it stumps! Squat Snatch’s and hangovers are not very compatible!). He loves a challenge and hates anything he cannot do. If I ever see Damo even slightly struggle with a movement, I know I will always see him bright and early before the 6am session working on it. It is a very commendable trait! He recently set a new benchmark for himself and got his first Ring Muscle-up (quite easily)…Then proceeded to do two rounds of them in Open Workout 15.3 to amass 14 reps of Ring MU’s on the first day he accomplished that feat! It was impressive to watch! Keep up the good work Omad – Of course you will enjoy your WOD!
Charge CrossFit Member Spotlight!
They call me… Damo / Omad / Damien Franz Joseph Simonetti (not so much the last one).
By day I am… NOT Batman. By night, well…
How long have you been a Charger? Just over a year and not long enough! Big thanks to Chris F for introducing me.
Tell us about your first Charge CrossFit experience: I rock up for the intro/newb session sometime in early 2014, few others also there for that session, and there is this intense bearded fellow with impressive tattoos, says his name is Ash. He lays it all out for us, “what is CrossFit”, “our past fitness experience”, “these are the movements we’ll be doing for the newb workout”. I finish up the workout and tell Ash I want to do the full 10am class next. He tells me I have to join, and I say, of course. I later found out Ash simply wanted me to commit. I’ve never looked back. Cheers bud!
Any advice for someone thinking about starting CrossFit? The story above is told on purpose. It is a great example of what CrossFit is about: committing to fitness and learning the skills required for countless enjoyable movements/workouts. CrossFit is fun, the people are supportive and the workouts are intense. But, take it at your own pace. Ash and the crew will provide you with what you need (the technique, the guidance) to achieve what YOU want to, and the Chargers will motivate you to keep going. And remember, the most important part of getting the results you want in CrossFit (or in any fitness) is eating healthy (broad term, I know) and the right amount.
Favourite movement? Squat snatch (when I nail it).
Least favourite movement? Omad dislikes running… I’m pretty sure cavemen didn’t run.
Favourite WOD? The CCF Twelve Days of XMAS (in July), nah, December too :).
Least favourite WOD? I’ll know it when I finish it.
What would your perfect WOD look like? Pull up bar, snatch and DU.
Favourite wholesome/Paleo meal? Ash Smash! Yeah!
Favourite movie/tv show? The Big Lebowski / The Wire (both brilliant).
Tell us something we may not know about you: I was a soprano in the National Boys Choir as a kid. I’d take requests, but, you know, my voice has broken.
What is your most special memory/biggest achievement during your time at Charge? Finishing well above my expectations in the 2014 Charge in-house comp. Also the Partner comp with Alice, Josh and Tracey representing Charge was awesome.
What are your future goals? Hitting ring MU, pistol squats and improving split jerk and snatch technique. Also, more comps! Also, massive thank you to Josh V, Luke, Tommi, Eilsa and Renee (and of course Ash) for guiding me through the tricky movements (snatch, pull-up bar work in general). You’ve helped me achieve many goals and set me up to achieve future ones.
Find max Complex:
1 High Hang Power Snatch
1 Low Hang Power Snatch
1 Power Snatch
Athlete Spotlight WOD
7 Power Snatch 52.5/37.5
21 -15-9 CTB Pull-ups
Notes: Pull-ups decrease each round. Snatch & Thrusters do not.
Due to the fact that Damo is such a Gentleman, there will be no dumping of bars throughout this WOD.
If you are not strong enough to control your reps, then it is too heavy for you.
Run the STG loop x 2
GHD Plank (Facing down)
5 Rounds 45 sec on
30 sec rest