Today it is my privilege to bring you an interview with Bec Rose Akdemir, Cross Fit/ Calisthenics Athlete.
Through this interview we gain an insight into Bec’s journey from training Cross Fit and Calisthenics for fun, to transforming that passion into a career which allowed her the opportunity to compete on Ninja Warrior Australia in 2018. We also discuss the experiences and resources that have helped shape her proactive mentality towards fitness and any other goal that she sets for herself…
What types of movement do you specialize in?
Functional movement – Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics & calisthenics (bodyweight)
How did your passion for these disciplines begin and develop?
I was at college and a friend of mine who I trained with, took me through his programming which was CrossFit. After college my life had changed, and I pursued a travelling life.
Couple of years later, I return home and start my life again. There was a CrossFit place nearby, but I felt very intimidated by how fit everyone looked. I was not financially stable either, so I left CrossFit in the back of my mind.
The new company I worked for, opened up a CrossFit box just 100m away. That’s when CrossFit became my life.
What does your weekly training routine consist of?
Generally, ranges between 4-6 days per week. Combining CrossFit training and Calisthenics.
Can you tell us about your experience participating in Ninja Warrior?
Ninja Warrior has been one of the greatest experiences ever. A whole new world is open to what it’s like to be behind the scenes of a tv show. The best bit about the whole experience are the friends that i have made from it and the day that we shared together.
My community has grown greatly because of it and community is really important to stay driven in your training.
How have you transformed your passion for health and fitness into a successful business/career?
My first step was to become a CrossFit coach which is where my passion lies. After a couple of years, I shifted my focus towards bodyweight movement. From this transition, I realized how very little the community is especially with women. I wanted to change that, not just for women but men too.
I wanted to put down and show everyone how to do what I do. I set out to write an E-Book, A Foundational Guide on mastering the Bodyweight.
What do you think are the most important characteristics to develop to pursue your ambitions?
I used to tell everyone find your passion because that’s what I did. It wasn’t until recently that I spoke with a friend who explained to me to be careful of a man who is passionate.
“A passionate man has no purpose. A man without a purpose is a man who drifts at the mercy of random feelings or unidentified urges and is capable of any evil, because he is totally out of control of his own life. In order to be in control of your life, you have to have purpose – a productive purpose!”.
This has resonated with me and I understand now why I am where I am today and it’s because of my purpose I have developed a plan and executed it.
Are there any people, books, or experiences that you would be willing to share with us, that have really helped shape your mentality?
The biggest life-changing experience was when I lived in Mexico 2011, for almost two years this forced me to understand and really appreciate what life is.
My life has not been the same since. I have been working on learning and absorbing as much information as I can, to be a better person. Through this development, this has transferred onto my behaviour as an athlete and a coach.
A book called “who says you can’t, you do?” by Daniel Chidiac really helped me understand who I am now.
I’m not a reader to be honest but my boss at one of the centres’, I work, at has shared me his wealth of knowledge. He has an extremely powerful mind and I absolutely love talking to him and learning everything I can from him. He’s become my mentor in regards to my mind set.
I am now reading “think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill and will then move on to “how to win” by Dale Carnegie.
Are there any specific principles that you try and live by and why?
I try not to say what I do because it’s evident in my behavior of the person I am. I don’t need to convince the world of anything and I don’t need to seek attention from people to feel better about myself. I know who I am, I know my strengths and my weaknesses, the world doesn’t need to tell me otherwise, if there’s anything I seek it is respect.
Modern society has changed our world so much people expect respect but then don’t earn it. All I want to do is tell the world that we are a machine, we are designed to use it, work it, train the mind and respect our bodies for its purpose in life.
What are you goals and plans for the future?
Goal is to move to America.
Once my online business is up and running I will need to develop a plan on implementing how to reach the world. I haven’t worked on this yet as there’s so many other things that I need to be focusing on right now for the business.
I will continue to learn and grow as an athlete and a trainer. Diesel (my dog) we share a very strong bond and for me it’s really important to give him the best life that I would want for myself i.e. train and get him to experience as much of life as he can aside from the backyard.
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