Becoming "Singapore's Fittest Man" at the CrossFit Opens

Stuart Diplock shares his journey to being awarded "Fittest Male in Singapore", at the CrossFit Games Open 2017 - and his advice for getting into the fittest shape ever.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO CROSSFIT?

I have been doing CrossFit training full time for just over two years. I started my CrossFit journey at CrossFit Ivy in Feltham (London). Since then I have worked and trained at CrossFit Bold, CrossFit Perpetua (both also in London) and Bengkel CrossFit (Jakarta). 

WHAT SPORT DID YOU PLAY BEFORE CROSSFIT?

I have been a sporty kid for as long as I can remember. But my two main sports before CrossFit were rugby and weightlifting. I played rugby all though school and loved it, until an injury to my shoulder put a stop to that. I then found weightlifting at university. I competed at a relatively high level, such as English and British championships and British University championships. 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO CROSSFIT?

My introduction to CrossFit started though coaching weightlifting at CrossFit Ivy. While coaching at the gym I made some great friends with a group of at the time CrossFitters who trained during the day at the gym. They loved lifting heavy weights and training hard. So I started to train with them. And slowly but surely they persuaded me to start doing come Metcons, to cut a long story short I was hooked pretty fast. The huge variation of skills that you need to master to be a good Crossfitter just has you always wanting more. I think the fact it was the polar opposite of my previous sport (mastering 2 movements) made it all the more attractive. 

WHAT'S YOUR DAILY TRAINING LIKE?

The nature of my job as a personal trainer at UFIT Orchard means the majority of my work is early mornings and late evenings. This means I tend to have the middle of the day free. I use this time to train. 

One of my favourite parts of CrossFit is getting together with our friends, writing up a workout and having fun with it. So that's what I try to do most days. That's one session of the day, then the other session is more devoted to strength and base building.

 

"PATIENCE IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING. TAKE THE TIME TO DO THE BASICS AND DO THEM WELL. THE REST WILL FOLLOW".

 

As for getting into the best shape ever. That comes down to sticking to your goals. Sounds simple, but don't get too distracted by getting that muscle up or a new snatch PB if your goal is losing 5% body fat!