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Hi my name is Tyler Hastie, a.k.a TASTIE, I’m 15 and I’m in year 9 at Marist College Ashgrove. I’m the 3rd child in a family of 4 kids, with an older brother and sister and a younger sister Alyssa who is part of CrossFit Teens classes. I have a bit of a rep at school as “The Kid who does CrossFit”, which is pretty funny considering where I came from as a child. As a kid (younger then I am now) I suffered hearing problems and asthma which caused me to develop anxiety and as a consequence I became very shy.

A few years ago my mum heard about the kids program at CrossFit Mitchelton and was looking for something different for me because I wasn’t enjoying the swimming I was doing. So I started the CrossFit Kids/Teens classes when I was 12years old, although I was pretty nervous about it, Mum made me go so I had to do it.

Everyone at Mitchelton was friendly and I found it to be fun and the more I came, the more I started to feel stronger and fitter, plus I lost a fair bit of weight which was a great motivator. I saw a huge change in my shyness and anxiousness and I now feel much more confident in who I am, although people still think of me as shy.

CrossFit kids made me feel strong and confident and I made a whole lot of new friends! It was fun and there was no pressure, no-one to let down. It was just about me doing the best I could do.

In 2015 I was asked to transition from the CrossFit Kids classes to the adult classes which was a huge step for me. But I gave it a try and I have never looked back. The other members in the adult classes were awesome so it was a smooth transition.One of my proudest moments at Mitchy was last year at the xmas comp, my team dressed up in an ABBA theme and we took out 3rd place.

Photo by Elisha Thompson

Photo by Elisha Thompson

These days I am a regular at the gym and I do extra training with my fellow teenage member Chris. I like what CrossFit has bought out in me and I look forward to seeing even more changes. I would recommend others my age give it a go, you might just like it.