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Wildheart of the Month | Rob

Wildheart of the Month

It’s time for a brand new Wildheart of the Month (WOM)! Every month we interview one of our Wildhearts. We ask them about their CrossFit journey, their day job, their favorite movements and about some other goofy stuff. This month our WOM is Rob Huisman (25), he writes computer algorithms that predict stocks for a living and always introduces himself with ‘I do crossfit’.


When I was 4 I new I wanted to do something with maths and money when I grew up. I always said I wanted to be de director of the De Nederlansche Bank, but after an internship there I found out that that was not for me. During high school I got low grades in maths, so I decided not to go study mathematics, but after a year of business administration I switched and never regretted it. A year ago I graduated and now I work with a lot of zeroes and ones: I write computer algorithms that predict stocks.

The lazy student

“When I started CrossFit at the Wildhearts I was a typical student. I was busy with a lot, among which a lot of celebrating. I showed up at the box hungover often. Nowadays I still don’t do my hair when I come here, but I’m not often hungover anymore.”

“I was always into sports when I was younger, I did soccer, track and field and ice skating. 5 years ago I started CrossFit at Coolhaven and later I joined RTM. I quit because I was busy with my student life. 2 years ago I found it hard to come out of bed and didn’t have a lot of energy, so it was about time to start again. I lived above Café de Dijk on the Oostzeedijk and looked for the closed CrossFit box, that was this one. I remember my first WOD here like it was yesterday. I didn’t make the time cap…”

New year new me

“I always used to do sports just to be active. It was at the Wildhearts that I found out that you can actually get better. One way or the other getting better became some kind of addiction. I wanted to do everything to improve. Every night I wanted to go to sleep early, to be as fit as possible. My social life suffered from it. A few months ago I decided to take a step back and scale my membership down to 3 times a week. This year my goal is to have fun, and get back to a healthy balance between social life and sports. This doensn’t mean I don’t want to do competitions anymore, but I want to do it in a moderate way… I do not have the illusion that I can be a top athlete. My potential is in my work, so I want to focus on that. I do CrossFit to unwind from work, that is a healthier approach for me.”

Walking on my hands

“My favorite movement is the handstand walk and I am very sure I will not lose that skill. I think it is so awesome that a human is able to do this, that my 100 kg body is able to do this, that I will do everything to keep that movement. I also love me some heavy squat cleans. My CrossFit power is in my upper legs!”

“My least favorite movement is the bar muscle up at the moment. It doesn’t go as good as it used to go. I hate the fact that my hands always rip. And it is frustrating when it just doesn’t work during a workout.”

Two fav Wildheart memories

“My favorite memory is from half a year ago. Frank and I tried to qualify for the Beach Throwdown. We did the three workouts, but we didn’t have enough points, so we decided to redo one of the workouts. It was all or nothing, so we went all out. We did so well that we ended up 40 places above the ‘cut’, and actually qualified ourself for the third (instead of the fourth) division. That night I had so much adrenaline I couldn’t sleep. We did it!”