ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Favorite WOD: Any Chipper WOD
Least Favorite WOD: I really don’t dislike any of them. There are still some I can’t do all the movements, but I scale and get through them.
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Least Favorite Lift: Snatch because I am not good at it. I don’t dislike it, I just haven’t gotten it down yet.
When did you join CF: I joined CrossFit in November 2017.
What were you doing before CF: I was doing mainly cardio. I travel a lot for work, so I was doing treadmill, elliptical machines, and bikes mainly. I incorporated in a few weights from time to time, but not a lot.
What have been your biggest achievements since starting CrossFit? I did my first pull up since I have been on earth. That took a lot of work, but it was worth it. Rope climbs were another big accomplishment. I finally did some toe to bars, and I am up to 13 double unders. All those felt like there was not a chance of that ever happening the first day I walked in. The biggest achievement is weight loss and body composition change. I lost 52 pounds since I started CrossFit, and my body fat percentage went from over 30% to under 15%.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym? I definitely have more energy, and I am willing to take on more challenges. There is a lot more you can get into without physical limitations.
What advice would you give a newbie joining CF? If they are on the fence of joining or not, I would say don’t even think twice about it. It is a very open and encouraging environment. Very few people walk in their first day and are able to do half of what they are asked to do. Also, there are all types of people from young to old and every fitness level.
If they are new members, I would say get to know the other members. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Find someone close to your level and try to beat them when you can. Just remember every day you leave, you are better than when you got there. I would also say that if your goal is to lose weight, CrossFit is only a portion of what it takes to succeed.
Something you may not know about me:
I weighed 285 pounds when I graduated from college.
What do you like best about CrossFit? If you check your ego at the door and put in the work, you will see results. Each of the coaches have their own way of instructing, and they are all there to make you better if you allow them to help you. I also like the fact that every day is a different WOD. It seems like weekly, I learn another thing I didn’t know I couldn’t do. I have really enjoyed getting to know all the members. I feel like I have a whole new set of good friends. I came to CF for my son, but I am lucky to get to reap the rewards.