Q. What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you want to start working with a coach?
Before Crossfit, I went to a “regular gym.” I would constantly get into a cardio and lifting routine, without adding anything new or mixing it up. It was hard to make progress and to stay motivated. It was just enough to keep my weight at a constant level. At the time, Darcy (BTW, has anyone seen her at the box lately?) was my neighbor and she mentioned she was trying Crossfit and suggested I should give it a try. She thought I would like it. I procrastinated trying it for a couple months until my wife bought me the 1-month unlimited package. After Evolutions and trying to get my money’s worth in the first month, I was hooked. Having a coach there all the time to yell at me and fix my form has been one of the best things. It keeps me motivated and pushes me to new fitness levels.
Q. What have been your greatest challenges since you began your CrossFit Training?
Form. Learning proper lifting form and maintaining form during WODs. I felt this was more difficult at first because I wanted a lot of weight on the bar, just like everyone else. Overall, I think going lighter and focusing on form worked out well. Cardio capacity has always been issue and is something I always have to work towards. Recently, my main challenge is keeping the high intensity under heavy weight. Another challenge is being able to push a little harder even though my mind is telling me not to. Oh yeah… eating clean is always a challenge… especially when there’s a huge bowl of Halloween candy sitting around.
Q. What have been your greatest successes since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?
And bodyweight to strength ratio. Other successes may include, but is not limited to, increased cardio capacity, limited number of injuries (mostly hand tears), competing for the first time, eating much cleaner, increased energy (caffeine free too), and staying alive. Overall, my body feels and functions a lot better. I think most of the credit goes to consistently showing up and eating cleaner.
Q. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
I think the biggest change is an increased amount of energy. Before, I drank plenty of caffeinated beverages to keep me going. Now, I’m caffeine free. I’m also more aware of what I’m consuming and try to eat clean. The other change is making sure I can fit class into my schedule.
Q. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
Everything. I think the best part is having a coach and others there encouraging you to get better. It’s awesome being surrounded by people that have similar goals as you. I also really enjoy how it’s always something different.
Q. What advice can you give to others?
For newer athletes, give it time and focus on form. I feel if you can perfect your form (especially with the olympic lifts), being able to lift heavier will come naturally. I think it took me about 3-6 months to really see improvements. Show up consistently and give it your best. There’s nothing wrong with modding down, especially to keep the intensity up. Pick one or two skills and work on them until you master them. Listen to your body and take/plan rest days.