Weekly Dose of Awesome

Sometimes an athlete books their Onramp without setting foot in the gym. We don't know who they are, we just have the day and time they're going to show up, and their name. When today's awesome booked in with me, all I knew was that Peter Jackson was arriving to learn how to do CrossFit from me, a New Zealander who also happens to be a huge LOTR nerd. Naturally, I was excited. If I had known that it wasn't internationally renown director Peter Jackson, I might have been a little disappointed, but I would have been so wrong to have been! Because our Peter Jackson, THE Peter Jackson, is so much cooler than any hobbit-loving beardo could ever be.

OMG Balrog do u even lift bro?

Could director Peter Jackson go from newbie to RX badass in a matter of months? I doubt even allying yourself with Sauron The Deceiver could help with that. But our Peter Jackson, THE Peter Jackson, totally did that.  Would director Peter Jackson schedule United Barbell as the first stop to his ultra-romantic treasure hunt proposal to his CrossFitter girlfriend, Debra? Not even if he switched genres from fantasy to RomCom would that ever happen. But our Peter Jackson, THE Peter Jackson, did. Does director Peter Jackson continually work on his weaknesses until they become strengths? Ok, he probably does, but our Peter Jackson, THE Peter Jackson, does all this and also deadlifts more than an angry Balrog.

Debra & Peter survey the trail of destruction they left during the 2015 CrossFit Open

Reach for the stars, buddy, maybe one day you can be as cool as THE Peter Jackson!


Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.