About Us

WHO ARE WE?

For the past decade we have been delivering the CrossFit methodology to our friends, athletes and clients. Like anything done with purpose for an extended period our understanding of the method has evolved. We are convinced that CrossFit’s original philosophy has everything the average person needs to get fit and stay fit for life. We are not competitive CrossFit athletes and our expression of CrossFit is more as a tool to help people rather than as a sport to test them. Coach Greg Glassman said ‘men will die for points’ and we don’t believe that you want to be pursuing points that aggressively too often. To that end we encourage a community of people looking to use CrossFit to help them grow rather than to define themselves. We have registered CF trainers and CrossFit Sisyphus is an official CrossFit Affiliate.

WHY SISYPHUS?
CrossFit Sisyphus - CrossFit Gym on the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore

Sisyphus not Syphilis, lots of people questioned our choice of name because it is easily confused with a venereal disease. To those who don’t know about King Sisyphus we recommend a quick google search but here is what it means to us. The Sisyphus story is the tale of the king who was cursed by the gods for his arrogance and made to push a rock up a hill only to complete the task and have it start over again, for eternity. The punishment is intended to be the worst kind of hell with a futility designed to frustrate and torture the king. A French philosopher Albert Camus suggested that “one must imagine Sisyphus happy.” We love this as it talks to the frustration that many have of being in the gym day in and day out and feeling like it is pointless, be happy with the purpose and put faith in the program as those repeated sessions create small improvements that accumulate and propel us toward improvement.

MEET THE TEAM

Mike Benson

Owner / Head Coach

Generally known as Beno, he is our resident funny man… a pun rarely gets past him. He started crossfitting in 2010 and quickly developed the love and passion for coaching. He opened his first box (CrossFit 4740) back in 2011, then decided to go again in 2019 with Sisyphus. Behind his jovial coaching persona you will find a caring, passionate and honest guy who loves nothing more than a good beach hang, catching some waves or hanging out with friends and family. He has a strong personal interest in mental wellness and loves working with people to implement strategies to help with their own personal experience.

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1-2, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Gymnastics, Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness.

Brett Fforde

Head Coach

Brett has been doing CrossFit since 2007 and completed his coaching courses in 2008/2009 while he was a Physical Training Instructor in the Australian Army. Brett works for CrossFit HQ and has delivered over 200 Level 1 Seminars and 50 Level 2, so safe to say he's a pretty qualified guy in the CrossFit space. Most weekends are spent somewhere in the world teaching people about CrossFit. He is mostly excited to build a community based on the values of grassroots CrossFit rather than competition CrossFit.

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1-4, CrossFit 'pretty-much-everything', Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science, Cert 4 in Fitness.

Crowther Bedow

Coach

Crowther fell into Coaching with functional training spaces, although always wanted to be apart of the CrossFit community, so he started originally as an athlete at CrossFit Sisyphus. Crowther spent most of the last decade living in different towns/cities and countries when finally, the love for coaching found Crowther rather than him finding the love for it. Outside of the gym, Crowther is also studying for a Bachelor of Dietetics, so if you are around and ever want to pick his brain about nutrition he is all ears! He has a strong passion for helping others, putting a smile on your face and prioritising a holistic approach to improve people’s quality of life.

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1 and currently studying Bachelor of Dietetics & Cert 4 in Fitness.

Lucas Barbosa

Coach

Originally from Brazil, Lucas moved to Australia in 2012. After trying out CrossFit for the first time in 2014 he quickly fell in love with the methodology and gained his Level 1 accreditation soon after. Now with many years coaching experience, Lucas has a strong passion for helping others improve their health and physical well-being. Outside of the gym, his hobbies include personal development, travelling, reading and spending quality time with his wife.

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1-3, CrossFit Masters, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Weightlifting

Dan Kerry

Coach

Dan is originally from the UK. He moved to Australia and lived and travelled in a van for the first 18 months before settling on the Sunshine Coast. In his teenage years he was a powerlifter before moving onto bodybuilding whilst studying at university. He was always longing for something with more variety but wasn’t sure where to go. Dan started his Crossfit journey in November 2022 at Sisyphus and has loved every step of it. Seeing a community develop and grow with the love and support of each other warms his heart. Outside of the gym he likes to go camping, travelling, read and hang out with friends.

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1, Bachelors Degree in International Business and Management

Alanna Conn

Coach

Alanna started her CrossFit journey at CrossFit Townsville where she was introduced to it by her now husband. Her interest in CrossFit grew and she completed her L1 in 2017 and CrossFit Kids in 2018. She then continued coaching after the birth of her first child, showing the program is scalable to all physical abilities. She coached at CrossFit CapCoast in Yeppoon where she juggled being a full-time mum and coach then made the journey down the coast to enjoy the beach life. Alanna has a strong interest in helping women pre and post-partum continuing to exercise in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Qualifications: CrossFit Level 1-2, CrossFit Kids, Gymnastics Certificate, Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness

Josie Unkovich

Co-Owner / Admin

Josie is the person you'll find on the other end of your messages. She has been organising health based practices for many years and fell in love with the community aspect of CrossFit. Outside of the gym you'll find her and Coach Beno spending time with their wee family (yes, she's originally from NZ). She loves the beach, reading and adventures.

Qualifications: Diploma in Business and Management.

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