Meet Coach Paul.

This week we caught up with Coach Paul to hear his My CFHV story.

Known for his reserved character and aversion to talking, it took us more 

than a few goes to get a word or two!

What brought you to CrossFit Hutt Valley in the first place?

Donny and Faye are good friends of mine, so when they told me that they were 

opening CrossFit Hutt Valley, I thought I’d like to be a part and moved to 

Wellington to get involved. In June ‘15, we swapped places and 

I took over the reins.

What was your first impression? How has that changed?

My first impression was of a friendly community, full of people wanting to 

improve their fitness whilst having some fun at the same time. Some of the 

faces have changed but the community spirit and the aim to improve on 

health and fitness goals remains as strong as ever.

What was your first “eureka moment”?

Knocking off a double body weight deadlift. I have a love for the simple 

movements we do (nothing to do with limited flexibility at all!) 

with the deadlift being my favourite. Having said that I’m still a long way 

behind Eddie Hall’s 500kg monster lift so I’ll have to keep working on it

What are you working on now?

Training regularly is my greatest challenge at present. Work and coaching 

commitments mean training is often sacrificed, so I have to focus on 

getting sweaty more regularly.

What’s your favorite CFHV memory?

We held a fundraiser for a member who’s family was going through some 

severely tough times. The CrossFit community, both at CFHV, and from 

Upper Hutt and MaD CrossFit pulled together and really showed what this 

family meant and still means to all involved. It was a thoroughly 

enjoyable day for a very deserving cause.
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