Hi Steve and Mick,

It has been a long time since I have visited the gym but Matt went out of his way to buy the latest Mens health magazine because of your interview. I felt I had to let you both know how proud I am of everything you have achieved.

You both are truly inspiring and I only wish you greater and greater success both professionally and personally.




Hi there, thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful workout prize, really was great to meet the Commando and participate in his training session. We will certainly continue to do these exercises, in a couple of days, when I can walk again!!

Thanks again,

Karen & Rhian Evans

Karen and Rhian


Just a quick note to say how much your professionalism, passion and commitment has now inspired me to be the very best I can be. Thank you. Although I’ve always had interest in training and good nutrition, you have now taken my desire to reach my maximum potential in both areas to a level I could not have imagined. The last 12 months have been horrendous for myself and my family due to losing my dad to suicide. I always considered myself a strong person mentally and physically and for someone to think they are pretty fit prior to all this happening ( I was ready to go into the QLD Police) I had no idea I would be sitting watching so much TV and hiding within the safety of my home totally consumed in grief, truly not believing I would ever be able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine let alone push through the brick wall and train again. While everyone has their own story and plenty of them far worse than my own, it has truly been the hardest digging deep I’ve ever had to do but slowly got back to my boxing training and running a couple of months ago and have learn't to not be too tough on myself this time.

Hoping to start my first CrossFit class this coming week and have already tapped in to the Zone diet website. There’s no looking back, only forward. Who knows- I might ditch the childhood dream of being a police officer and become a CrossFit trainer instead. Seriously.

Hoping to meet up with you again

Warmest regards,

Sue Marlton

PS Nicole Carroll totally rocks!

Sue Marlton

I just wanted to write and thank you on behalf of the fighting fit nurses for all your support and phone calls during the challenge. We also wanted to thank you for the training day yesterday with the commando—even though we now cannot walk—we had a fantastic day and Steve was very genuine and supportive—so a BIG thanks to you and your team for making it all happen...I hope to talk to you again one day...

Yours faithfully,

Hayley and the team


Steve has developed a weight loss and muscle toning program for me which I have followed now for 16 weeks. During the training sessions, Steve constantly motivates me to give 100% and makes me remember why I am doing this. Steve has helped me feel comfortable about exercising and gives me the confidence I need to do the exercises correctly and safely. Steve's encouragement and motivation has enabled me to preserver and stick with my training program. I will not say it has been an easy 16 weeks as Steve puts me through my paces even though I feel like giving up and collapsing on the floor. Steve does not like to hear "I can't do it", as he knows that I can

Thea M

Thea M

Hi Steve.

Just wanted to email you and thank you once again on an Awesome Camp at Binna Burra. I haven't stopped raving about it. I got home Friday and went straight to the Gym Saturday and put it to practice. It is so good. My husband and I are going to go to the Gold Coast CrossFit Gym and get all the workouts and Techniques right.

You did a really good job at Binna Burra, we have all been in contact, and everyone is of the same opinion. It was really good to work on Technique, as that really is the building block.

I will definitely be doing it again.

Many thanks,

Donna Norman

Donna Norman

“Training with Steve has been the best thing I’ve done for my health. Having a heart problem, Steve assessed my state of health and developed an exercise program specifically for me. I’m fitter and have more flexibility. Steve is a great motivator and is extremely knowledgeable about health and fitness. l thoroughly recommend Steve as a Coach, if you are serious about achieving your fitness goals.

Allan G

Allan G

Hey Steve,

Just wanted to say Thank you for the BIGGEST LOSER.
Love your training and no excuses style and just by watching you on TV with no change to my diet I have already lost 5 kilos and feel so much more dude.

Could just smack the ones that walk out - to be trained by you, Shannon, Michelle , Bob or Jillian is such a gift and they don't know how lucky they are.

Anyway love your work and thanks so much for positive inspiration.

Paul (WA Perth)


Hi Commando Steve,

I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you what an influence you have made in my lifestyle this week (and forever I hope). After the motivational talk you did at Fernwood Rockdale on Tuesday I knew what you said was going to help me make some changes. At Contours today I increased my weights for the first time in two months. I realized that the laziness had me in the grip. The training session went a lot faster and I felt better at the end. Now I have to get a handle on the food. This is my biggest challenge.

By the way my boy Brannac had the most popular hat in school on Wednesday morning as they lined up for camp. He was so happy to have had the opportunity to talk to you. I know you were keen to get home to your family so I wanted to say an extra “Thanks” for making the time.

We traveled from Ropes Crossing to Rockdale to see you on Tuesday which is just not doable on an average day with all other commitments. When you do achieve your goal of training other like minded people to work for you please send some out west so we can enjoy the benefits! I can challenge anyone.

Thanks again,

Ropes Crossing


Hi Steve

Great to catch up again last night and thanks for delivering such a inspirational talk. And a huge congratulations for surviving the room full of giggling women – (at times I actually felt embarrassed for you !)

Your presentation was fantastic…personally, just what I needed. I walked out full of motivation and information ..and most importantly, with the belief in my ability to reach my goals. A million thanks.

Listening to you speak last night reinforced to me that your philosophy to overall fitness is much more where I need to be.

Thanks again – and good luck with the “Speaking Tour” … and you thought your “Tours of Duty” were over when you re-joined Civi-land ! !



The spirit lifts the body upwards....

Dear Steve and Mick,

My perspective from the shallow end of the pool:

It is quite amazing that I have the privilege of training under the instruction of great leaders. It is difficult to express and sometimes I am consumed by the crap floating around in my head that I fail to really and truly appreciate the opportunity provided to me by CFX. Thank you.
My spirit is lifted by the seemingly endless energy that you guys put into the place, and especially into the people who frequent it. It fuels the positive energy that lives and breathes there.

The effort put in by the team in Brisbane brought a real sense of inspiration to me because it made me think about the fact that I have the opportunity to train with and by people who actually get into the arena, as opposed to the complacency that I see going on here all day - we become what (and who) we surround ourselves with - I am working on improving that one.

Thank you for using your talents to build this special place and offer your experience and knowledge to those of us who otherwise would continue to live under the delusion that there is no hope of being something better.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings;
but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt



Stella Pappas

Hey Steve,

Thanks for the program. I was unsure about the first session, the 2.4km run *clean skin. I ended up doing a run in webbing +2kg in 10:18, so hopefully i can build this up to +7kg & rifle soon. I just wanna say thanks for the help so far, I've lost 6kg in the last month training with you and Mick. Ive increased my bench, heaves and trunk strength while losing weight and not needing any crazy diets or supplements. I think this is the first time I've trained without using any supplements and for example the run last night, i think 9:30 would have been possible. I felt great at the end of it. Thanks for the CrossFit info, its a very different aspect to fitness then what i have previously come across.

So i just wanted to say thanks, and I'll see with you guys in a few weeks hopefully a lot fitter and stronger.


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Hi Mick,

I just wanted to say a BIG THANKS for training me for the past 9months. I am now in the best shape I have ever been in. It has boosted my confidence in so many areas especially when I am constantly complimented by family and friends who have noticed the changes in such a short amount of time.
More importantly, each training session with you has always pushed me further not only physically but also mentally which now has me enjoy the challenges of training hard and enjoying it. Your sessions are always on time, well planned and run professionally. I am constantly asked about the type of training I do and I have no hesitation passing on your details and recommending you to others.

Thanks again and I look forward to continuing training with you and CrossFitEffects
for a long time to come.

Yolande Kidson

Yolande Kidson

Hi Mick,

I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to the Crossfit training methods and training me for the past 12 months. After spending hours in the gym working on isolated movements and separating my cardio sessions from weight sessions, I thought I was pretty fit... until I met you. You pushed me to limits that I never thought I could achieve. Your workouts are always challenging and you constantly help me to push the boundaries. You are a highly motivated trainer which is motivating for me, and just when I’m ready to say “I can’t” you push that little bit harder because you know that I can. You have always been 110% committed to helping me reach my full potential. Thanks to you I am stronger, leaner and fitter than I have ever been. People around me have noticed the changes and I constantly receive compliments about the way I look, even from strangers. Mentally I am tougher and I now believe in myself the way you believed in me right from the start.
On top of all that, what you have achieved with my son has been incredible. You have turned Joel from a lazy, teenage, overweight couch potato, into a highly motivated young man who is losing weight and loving his daily training regime. Your motivation has brought out the competitive nature in Joel and he is constantly driving himself to achieve his full potential.
Joel and I love the new gym at Kogarah. It’s great to be involved in your daily group training sessions. The atmosphere is always upbeat, friendly and never threatening or intimidating.
We look forward to continuing our training the Crossfit way.

Jennifer Craig