December Athlete of the Month: Steve Cornelissen

First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself—where are you from, what do you do outside of the time you spend here, hobbies, fun facts, etc. anything goes.

I grew up in small town in the Durham Region. If it wasn’t a party on a farm somewhere it was pond hockey and campfires. Between CrossFit and Netflix, a lot of my time is spent at work. I work for the Toronto Police, so anytime I can get to the gym and not think about work, I do. CrossFit has been a great outlet, and the community at 416 makes the gym a second home. This winter I’ve considered snowboarding again, but I say that every year

Tell us a little bit about your fitness history. What were you doing before you joined CrossFit 416? How did you find out about us? How was your first class here? How long have you been coming here? What has been the biggest factor in keeping you hooked at CF 416?

I used to go to a Globo gym, and found CrossFit Oshawa in 2013. When I moved to Toronto I found 416. I played NCAA hockey down in the states, and a lot of our workouts were crossfit”ish” before crossfit became what it is today. I’ve always enjoyed high intensity workouts so CrossFit was the perfect fit.

If you could go back to that first class and give yourself some advice based on what you know and understand now, what would it be?

Patience!!!! Enjoy the process and embrace the long road ahead. Each movement takes its own time to develop and understand going lighter but having good technique is most important. The weight will come with time.
What is your favourite movement in CrossFit? Why?

My favourite movement is the clean and jerk. I enjoy the complexity of it, and it’s where I have seen my biggest improvement. I also enjoy a good double under session.

Aaaand your least favourite movement and why?

The burpee… for obvious reasons.

If we could create a Hero WOD named “Steve” or “Corney”, what would it be? Movements, rep schemes, rounds, length of time, etc. all variables are yours to unleash your programming creativity here!

If I had to come up with my own hero WoD it would be as follows:

7 RFT:
10 power cleans (185#)
50 double unders
400m run carrying an object of your choice
What is the favourite place you’ve travelled to? Why? Where are you planning on going next?

My favourite place I have travelled to is Australia. I lived there for 2 years and was able to explore every inch of it. A close second would be India. Between the food and the culture, it was amazing. The next place I would like to travel is somewhere in South America.

How do you like your toast?

If I had to make a piece of toast RIGHT NOW it would be a nice thick piece of Texas bread, medium toasted with a heaping amount of Nutella. The more Nutella the better.

One of the greatest things to ever happen in Toronto was the opening of the Nutella Cafe at Sobey’s in City Place. If you haven’t been, it’s a must see. I recommend the Nutella crepe.

Tell us something about yourself no one might ever guess about you.

I’ve cheated death 3 times. Perhaps not surprisingly, all three happened while living in Australia. Let me explain:

  1. When skydiving the parachute collapsed but reopened after several seconds of free falling.
    2. While surfing I was about 10 ft from a great white shark.
    3. Went swimming in a ravine in Darwin not knowing it was infested with salt water crocodiles. Always read and follow the signs before swimming.

Next year, when you compete in the CF 416 Classic, what will your walkout theme be?

“Homegrown” by the Zac Brown Band.

What is your most embarrassing childhood/teenage infatuation/trend/fad, etc. that you wholeheartedly prescribed to?

As a young teenager the most embarrassing trend I prescribed to was the baggy army pants OR white shell necklaces with frosted tips, those were the days!! Let’s bring back shell necklaces….