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Coach Tommy B – CrossFit HBZ HQ
Hello my fellow Tablelanders! My name is Thomas Blain, Head Coach and Owner of CrossFit HBZ and Co-Owner of CrossFit HBZ 4870. My friends call me Tommy B, Roundhead and a lot of other uncouth names. Please call me any of these or Coach.
Where to start? Well I am a country boy at heart, I was born in Darwin Australia and grew up on the Atherton Tablelands, a truly magical place.
I have been heavily involved in the sport and fitness industry from a very young age. My Mother, Victoria Povis, is an Olympic Sports Physiotherapist who ran her practice in Atherton. Some of you might remember her place on Robert St, or myself as young ankle biter. Being a part of the physio environment gave me great knowledge in exercise physiology and making ice packs!! Ha Ha. My father is a well-respected Rugby league coach, Jamie Blain, the pirate of the Tablelands and my inspiration! I played Rugby League from the age of 4 and was signed in development squads between the ages of 15 to 17.
My parents split when I was 16, and being in the country it was hard on my brother and I. Subsequently, we turned to a poor form of venting our frustrations- substance abuse. As you could imagine my Rugby career came to an end and I ran away to Europe, where I travelled independently for 5 years.
During this time I got Fat and white! I ran away from sport and anything healthy, and not surprisingly I became depressed. I now realise that the reason behind this was that I had no sport or exercise in my life and I took little care of my physical health.
Eventually, with the help of mates, I decided to make the positive change, and I got my fat ass back to the gym. I made some life changes and moved back to Australia, where I started MMA training and got motivated to get back into sport. During this journey however, I still felt like something was missing. Getting sick of the politics and egos in the gym, I set up my own equipment at home and started training with my mates in the garage.
After a while, one of my best friends Aaron Dozier convinced me to have a go at CrossFit… BOOM! Addicted! I haven’t looked back since, and CrossFit has changed my life.
I turned into a Paleo / CrossFit ambassador overnight. The most important mentors in my CrossFit journey have been Regan Hams CrossFit Bounce, Rob Forte Reebok CrossFit Frankston and Matt Swift at CrossFit Brisbane, Matt has taught me how to eat properly and rest. In my opinion, he is one of the best coaches and teachers in Australia, if not the world. I will be following his demos, with attention to every detail as the coaching platform in our box. I have spent the last year training at CrossFit Frankston in Melbourne and not only has Rob Forte been my mentor and coach, but also my friend. Rob selected me to compete at the 2014 regional games, which was one of my greatest achievements and the best fun I have ever had with a group of awesome humans. Rob’s programming has been the best I have ever experienced and it has made me understand both my strengths and weaknesses. I aim to create the same high standard and experience at HBZ as Crossfit Frankston.
Regan Hams was my first ever coach and has one of the biggest cleans in Oz! One of my best friends and mentors, Regan is an A grade coach and human, I dare say you will be seeing him a little at our box to show us how to improve our Olympic lifts.
If I had mentors like Matt, Rob and Regan or many of the other coaches over my journey, I believe I could of made better choices in my youth and as an adult. This is what I want to provide to the Tablelands. We have a population of around 30 000 people and they had no CrossFit affiliate. I had to change this!
I could have ranted for pages. So I have tried to give you a general overview of my plans and purpose.
Can’t wait to see you all at the Box and be a part of our CrossFit Family!
Coach Timmy – CrossFit HBZ 4870
Hey guys! My name is Tim Holdsworth, Co-Owner (with Tommy Blain) and Head Coach at CrossFit HBZ 4870.
I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and had a typical Kiwi lifestyle of rugby in the winter, cricket in the summer, and in between playing any other sport I came across. I discovered CrossFit in 2009 at CrossFit New Zealand. At the time I was just looking for something to keep me in shape, but I can clearly remember thinking “After a lifetime of playing sport, how has it taken 27 years for someone to teach me how to squat?!” I’ve never really answered that question, and to this day it still bugs me that I didn’t find it earlier.
Over the last 9 years I have transitioned from client, to intern, to coach and finally to affiliate owner. CrossFit has given my life a direction that was always missing, and teaching it is the thing I most enjoy doing. I have gotten out of bed at horrible times of the morning to teach it for free (and still would if I had too)! Getting paid to teach it as a job is a blessing I’m grateful for every day.
I was lucky enough to learn my trade from Darren Ellis, the owner of CrossFit New Zealand, and the “Godfather” of CrossFit back home in NZ. As well as Daz, his original business partner in CFNZ Tamryn Barber and her husband Pat Barber (both CrossFit Games veterans) played a huge role in my development, originally as an intern and then eventually as a trainer at CFNZ.
In 2012 I moved to Cairns and opened Cairns’s 2nd CrossFit affiliate, CrossFit Barrier Reef. We had an amazing 5 years at CFBR, but eventually running the gym solo started to take the fun out of it a little. Luckily within that time Tommy had moved to the Tablelands and opened 2 affiliates in Atherton and Mareeba. We hit it off as mates straight away, and when I thought about who I’d like to be in business with, he was the number 1 person who came to mind!
And so CrossFit Barrier Reef became CrossFit HBZ 4870, HBZ’s 3rd affiliate in Far North Queensland. I’m beyond excited to become part of the HBZ family, and along with Tommy and Simon I look forward to helping the people of Cairns create a positive change in their lives, and begin their lifelong journey of fitness, health, and awesomeness with us here at CrossFit HBZ 4870! 🙂
Coach Mads – MCT Fitness
Hi, I’m Madison Blain (Coach Maddie or Mads for short) and I run MCT Fitness within the CrossFit HBZ HQ Performance Centre. This is a little about me!
I grew up in a small fishing town in the Gulf of Carpentaria – Karumba. Growing up in a town with not alot besides three pubs and a shop, encourages children to be creative and active. I can’t say I was one for creativity but I was most definitely active. Thus began my love of moving!
Throughout my childhood I dabbled in many different sports, athletics, swimming, tae kwon do and touch football. Leaving school I continued to play touch football, I began wake-boarding, dabbled in circuit boxing training and even tried the conventional gym. I tore cartilage in my knee playing touch football, a pretty common injury that for a short while stopped me enjoying my exercise. My lifestyle already included lots of food and lots of social drinking but when I stopped exercising this started to take its toll. I grew bored and miserable and without any energy I began talking afternoon naps in my early 20s!
2015 held some big changes for me in my personal life and in what i called exercise. I started looking for something new, my boss at the time Trevor Duncan suggested I give Crossfit a go. I went to 1 class and loved every second of it. My original goal was to go 3 times a week but from the moment I started I was going 5-6 days. It was hard and it hurt but I enjoyed every moment of it. My energy levels went through the roof I trained every day then would get home late after work and training and blitz through a full Sunday’s worth of house chores before crashing for the best sleeps id had in years. I stopped drinking as that would make training harder, I wanted to be fit and healthy. Not only had Crossfit improved my life mentally, physically and nutritionally but socially I made lots of new friends with like minded people. I began to compete and decided to go and do my level 1 which meant I could become a Crossfit coach.
I immediately fell in love with this aspect of the sport as well. I enjoy helping everyone that walks through the door to achieve their goals, whether it be to sweat for an hour, train for their chosen sport, strengthen an injury or just their general health & wellbeing. I started pushing my friends and family into Crossfit as well and discovered that it wasn’t for everyone. Crossfit, with its barbells and gymnastics tends to be a little intimidating yet i wanted everyone else to experience the benefits I was from the high intensity functional training. I wanted to give them another option.
Enter Tommy Blain, HBZ Owner & coach and the most supportive partner anyone could ask for. Tommy with his mad business and brainstorming skills gave me an opportunity to give everyone that other option and so MCT Fitness was born!
I look forward to meeting everyone and helping you on your journey 🙂
Coach Mads xox