Keith McKinney

Keith McKinney

Keith “Great Guns” Mc Kinney, who is a quiet unassuming force to be reckoned! When Keith gets in the zone, his blank stares will send chills through your spine if you happen to walk past his gaze. He loves a good hurt-locker wod and has just recently clocked a sub-5minute Fran time. Watch out for this guy.

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you do?
I’m from a family of 5 with 2 sisters. I’m originally from a place called County Kildare in Ireland, not many people might have heard of it but I’d be 10 minutes outside Dublin. I moved to Australia in November 2011 and first arrived in Sydney and then moved to Perth 3 months later where I’m working as a carpenter/ceiling fixer on the new Virgin lounge in the domestic airport. Apart from being in the box I love my sport especially soccer and golf and going to the beach with my girlfriend Nicola.

Who and what inspires you?
My family inspires me. 7 years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was the toughest years of her life and ours too. She inspired me by her strength, determination and courage. She eventually beat it and to be told that the cancer was gone was just a special moment and what’s more Inspiring is that this November she arrives here in Australia with my dad to spend 4 weeks. It’s just brilliant to have them here and to be able to share my life in Australia with them both.

Can you cook and what are your favourite dishes?
Before I left Ireland I could not cook a thing (no joke) so I had to learn pretty fast!! Right now at the moment Keith’s a la carte menu consists of chicken skewers/bbq’d steak to perfection and a Sunday roast!

How would you describe your ideal day?
My ideal day would be to not have to set an alarm, get up when I want then have bacon and eggs for breakfast. I’d go to the beach for a swim and snorkel before going home to watch a film or go for dinner (to keep Nicola happy haha) then go out with the lads for a few drinks!

What has CrossFit done for you?
Crossfit has changed my life completely! It has kept me motivated to become fitter and stronger and inspired me to create new goals!

Burpees or Chin Ups?
If I was to answer this 7 months previous when I first joined Crossfit I’d have said burpees, but as time has gone on and I’ve learnt how to kip I’d have to say chin ups for me.

What do you like most about CrossFit Fibre?
I’ve played in some very good and successful football teams growing up and we’ve had very good team spirit within these teams. Crossfit fibre is different though, I just love how within fibre we have this special little family going – and it’s not little anymore as it’s growing every week. This is down to the welcoming, encouraging and positive atmosphere in the box between the coaches and fellow athletes. It’s just a great place to be with a great team spirit.

If You were to design a WOD for the coach, what would it be?
For the people that watched the Rx final wod at the frantic comp on the Sunday you would know what this was about… I’d love to see our coach attempt that. It’s too much to write down but coach…you know what it was!!

I’d also like to write a little piece on Bjorn and Jess! I’d like to start by saying when I said yes to entering my first Crossfit comp I was scared we all were but yous two just made it so much easier in the weeks leading up to it and on the day itself. With your careful planning, driving us on and also your laid back approach it just made it that little bit easier to compete, so thank you for that. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

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