CFLA Athlete Profile – Coach Adam Rotherham

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Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Age: 37
Occupation: Coach
When did you first start CrossFitting?: 2012
When did you first start training at CFLA?: 2014
Favorite WOD: Diane
Least Favorite WOD: Isabel

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I was and raised in Australia where playing sports and outdoor activities are a huge part of our culture (think ‘Crocodile Hunter’ but cooler).  I was fortunate to be exposed to a lot of different sports. My parents had me into soccer, swimming, athletics, cricket – you name it…I’ve done it. I couldn’t be considered an Australian teenage boy without my participation in Rugby League. Especially as I’ve been 6’3” since I was 13 and I’m a fairly solid dude:). There is plenty of surf in Australia so in my late-20’s I started outrigger canoeing. My team actually ended up winning the 2011 OC6 Australian Titles. I guess you can say that I have an affinity for sports and fitness and love trying new things.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? At the time, I was living in London, UK. I love London but, as you can imagine, it was a bit grey so all my outdoor activities had to be ‘re-evaluated’. No matter where I go, I like to stay active. So I stumbled into Olympic Weightlifting and, from there, discovered CrossFit. I can’t remember the WOD exactly but it was power cleans, pull-ups and 200m sprints or something like that. It kicked my arse (ass)! I felt like I was going to vomit. It really put me in my place because I thought I was in relatively good shape. That adrenaline got me hooked straight-away… I took a sip of the CrossFit KoolAid and I needed to conquer it.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF
(before/after)? A good mate of mine used to say that he couldn’t spell ‘COW’ but he could lift one. He was joking around but it’s true – lifting heavy is awesome. However, the volume and stamina wasn’t there before CrossFit. Now, since getting involved with CF, I am able to handle a lot more volume in terms of workouts. As an added bonus – I do not seem to be as tired at the end of a heavy weightlifting workout. (Boom!) I’ve also seen an increase in mental focus and I am definitely leaner than I used to be. (Double boom!)

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Being surrounded by like-minded positive individuals, CrossFit has allowed me to have a more positive outlook in general. Mental toughness days are a bitch. Everyone can attest to that. But, for me, those days have the most impact. Each time, I’m reminded of my baby Hazy. Lifting heavy has always come easy for me. And exerting myself through fitness is a passion. But there are times when the world throws you a curveball. CrossFit (and CFLA in particular) gets you ready for those moments. If someone had told me this before I started CrossFit – I would think they were full of rubbish. Now, I totally get it.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Completing my Level 1 Cert in London. The seminar staff were such a great bunch of people. I still maintain contact with some of the instructors today! Also, competing in my first CrossFit Open at CFLA has been pretty awesome. I never felt the need to take part in an Open before… I guess I didn’t feel like I was a part of my previous CrossFit community. According to my wife, there (maybe) is the (small) possibility that I could have been a little too focussed on Oly Lifting. Whatever the reason, at CFLA, I felt differently. Here, there is such an awesome, fun bunch of people – I really wanted to be a part of that.

Any advice for people just getting started? Trust the programming. Eat real food. Get enough sleep. Listen to your coach. Take rest days. It’s so easy to get caught up in things and not listen.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Spending time with my wife and daughter, reading, photography, listening to 90’s Punk Rock (yep – I did say 90’s) and watching TV on Netflix. I’m obsessed with Olympic Weightlifting and in London I studied under Kazem Panjavi. He was a former Barcelona Olympic Games and National weightlifter. Now, I am currently studying under Bob Takano – who is regarded as one of the best weightlifting coaches in the world. I have to take a moment to geek out right there… whoa – Bob Takano! 

In my younger days, I used to play the bass guitar and still love picking up the acoustic and ‘jamming’ with my 9 month old daughter. Honestly, she can really rock out. Well, as much as a 9 month old can.

Now that you’re in CFLA’s Coaches’ Development Program, tell us what coaching at CFLA will mean to you? How did you know this was the place for you? I knew that I wanted to be a coach at CFLA from the moment I walked through the doors. Actually, it was before I approached CFLA. I had researched CrossFit gyms in the LA area and was immediately drawn to CFLA. I was completely onboard with the coaching methodology and programming. I’m not a spring-chicken anymore and wanted a gym that had more to it than just smashing yourself every day. CFLA gets that. It’s about the long haul here… and it’s just my type of environment.

So, one day, I walked in with my daughter Hazel and had a really good conversation with Kenny. It instantly solidified my desire to be a coach here. Being accepted in the CDP was truly an honor. I have previous experience working with athletes in the UK and Australia. Most notably: former British Cruiserweight Boxing Champion Leon “Solid” Williams, Irish Football and Hurling players, and British National-level Female Fencers. Drawing on this experience, I feel I have a lot to offer the CFLA community. My goals are set high, but I strive hard to meet them. Also, being surrounded by such great coaches / mentors / athletes / people – I constantly feel that I am being challenged and encouraged everyday. CFLA’s CDP will definitely bring out the best in me. And my goal is to bring that best to all of you with my own experiences, training, and growing expertise.


Friday’s Workout

“CrossFit Open Workout 15.5”

27-21-15-9 for time:
Calories Rowing
Thrusters (Rx: 95/65 – Scaled: 65/45)

And Coming Monday

FT, sharing a plate with a partner
1mi Plate Run (45/25)
**10 Burpee penalty each every time forward progress stops or plate is put down**



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