Paul Antcliff


Occupation: Mechanical Engineer


When did you start at Kal Active: I think the start of 2013

Favourite WOD: Grace oddly enough because I hate thrusters.

Least Favourite WOD: Angie hurts. My hands took a good couple of weeks to recover from that one.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: Not much of a sporting background apart from school sports a bit of rock climbing and squash here and there. At uni drinking was a well-rehearsed sport if that counts?

How did you first get exposed to Functional Fitness?? I think it was through Stacey. She kept telling me how awesome it was and that I should try it. Like most people I started coming up with all these thoughts about how hard it was based off what I heard so I procrastinated going for a while.

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? If I remember right, the WOD was 3 rounds of 100m walking lunges, 50 air squats and 400m run (now the 600m). My legs were like jelly afterwards and I could barely walk two days after and even trying to sit was a mission on its own, yet I still left with a smile and that awesome feeling of a good work out and achievement.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting? When I first started I was around 96-98 kgs, big but not fit. Since then I haven’t worried so much about my weight and I got a bit of a surprise when I just weighed myself; 87kgs and I am just as strong and 100 times fitter. I definitely will never go back to conventional gym training. I have leaned out despite the increase in the food bill.

Please share with us any favourite Functional Fitness moments with Kal Active? The 7 girls was an awesome moment. To see so many dedicated peps putting themselves through that for a good cause was an amazing thing to be a part of and shows how Functional Fitness is about the peps. My first strict ring muscle up, that’s up there too, thanks to T pushing me.

Any advice for people just getting started? Just do it. Don’t think about it, have fun and take it as it comes. And technique technique technique.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside the gym? Anything that involves water, beach, snow, food, drink, fun, good people and good laughs.