1. What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you want to start working with a coach?
Growing up, I played all sports throughout High School and through out the years, the usual pick up basketball games, summer softball leagues, that sort of thing. After moving to Colorado sixteen years ago, I started hiking a bit, some racquetball and treadmill work and knowing what I know now, things that kept me busy, but not nececessarily things that kept me fit. I read an article about CrossFit, drank the cool-aid and was hooked. I went to a box in Boulder to try a session and was suprised the coach wasn’t terribly interested in helping me with technique or any of the movements, he just told me to jump on the box twenty times, lift the kettle bell twenty times, this is a burpee,do twenty. The only thing I got out of it was wanting to puke and a cough that lasted for a month. A few months later I came to CFJ to try my luck there and was really shocked that Shawn actually sat down with me to talk about goals, nutrition and overall what I wanted to get out this Crossfit thing. I gave myself three months with Shawn before I started woding with the big boys and it was the best decision I’ve made. He set the stage for good things to come.
2. What have been your greatest challenges (physically, mentally, emotionally) since you began your CrossFit Training?
One of my toughest challanges was just convincing myself I could actually do the things I had been watching the other athletes do during the wods. Again, that’s where Shawn came in, always ending one of our sessions with a movement I could actually do, keeping the confidence level on the upswing. There is a high mental component to CrossFit, pushing yourself past the I want to quit barrier. Wod’s fall into three catagories for me; this one sucks, this one really sucks and I want my mommy!
3. What have been your greatest successes (physically,mentally or emotionally) since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?
I have been coming to CFJ now for about two and a half years. I haven’t stayed with anything for this long. I think that says it all. At fifty five years old, I feel better now that I did at twenty. I’m more flexible, more mobile and I know this will come as a shock to some of you, but I’m stronger. I know. How can that be? By the way, I did just sign up for a life time membership and for you younger athletes, It’s something you should look at. It’s a screaming deal. So, yes, your all stuck with me.
4. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
The three most important things in my life: God, family and career. Don’t know why, dont’ know how, but, CFJ helps me keep them in the proper order. It’s helped my confidence and the mind shift from the glass is half empty to the glass is half full. I do get cranky when I can’t make it to CFJ as often as I want.
5. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
The whole CrossFit thing just makes sense to me. Varied movements, high intensity, It’s for real life applications. You lift, squat, push, run, climb and the like at the box and you do those things better outside the box. Keep your p90X, until you CrossFit, your not in shape.
6. What advice can you give to others?
Get off the couch. Figure out what you want to get out of it, If you want to get fit, you will. If you want to be competition ready, you can be. Age doesn’t come into play. The geriatric group is getting their CrossFit on. Don’t compare yourself to the one next to you. If you can say I’m better today than I was yesterday, your on the right track.