My Local Life – David ‘Aussie’ Ayliffe
What’s your name? David Ayliffe “Aussie”
Where do you live? The lovely village of Bassingbourn
What’s your favourite local place to eat? When not eating at work from The Heath Cafe Bar (best Breakfast menu in Royston!), defo Sticks and Sushi in Cambridge!
What do you most love about your work? I own and run Fighting Fit Gym and CrossFit Royston, it’s very hard to say one thing. Being on so many different people’s fitness journeys and know I’m helping them make changes in their life for the better.
What is your most valued possession? Possession is not the right noun, the thing I value the most is my lovey best mate and wifey Joanna and my two not so young fellas Max and Oscar.
What’s your favourite way to spend a Saturday? Mornings are spent teaching kids Crossfit (fitness through fun and games). It is so rewarding to be empowering the next generation, to help them become their own little superheroes. The afternoon are spent watch my eldest Max play rugby
What are you most looking forward to this month? We are a Community Minded Fitness and Wellbeing Provider. I love giving back/paying forward to the community. We regularly do events or provide services which benefit the community. Past events have included Motiv8 , a local government initiated fitness and well being program to help motivate local 12-16 year old students. Another program was our Refeed event to collect food for the local Food Back.
This month 24 – 25th Nov, we are doing our Annual 24 hr Fitness Challenge. This year we are raising money and awareness for the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge on behalf or our mate Mick Weldon, who after a 3 year battle, sadly passed away of Cancer last month.
Best thing that happened to you recently? Recently for me would be 5 years. The best thing was to retrain and to become a Fitness Professional. I absolutely love my job!! Absolutely love the fitness community we have and the family orientated culture we have.
What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt? I don’t align myself to any religion per se: My life is guided by three beliefs
• I believe in Karma. For me that means you get back in life what you throw out there. Be it positive or negative energy, as the saying suggests, what goes around comes around.
• Live with no regrets or SBR (She’ll Be Right)
• Always back yourself, give it a crack, have a go. If it doesn’t work out, learn from it.
What inspirational quote sums you up? To me, I don’t want to die wondering or even going through life thinking ‘oh I wish I did that’. I listened to a great mate of mine’s podcast yesterday his message was something like this. “You can’t live courageously cautiously ”. The take home for me is you can’t win without being prepared to lose. These are educated risks and at times gut instincts, either way I had to be prepared to lose in order to win. I live by this in work and personal life.