Q. What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you want to start working with a coach?It was racing home every day so I could get Becky to her class and me going for a run around the reservoir with the kids. Which got pretty boring after a while but I always tried to spice it up with the kids. Becky finally took notice that I was kinda annoyed by her being able to go somewhere to workout and set me up with an intro with Shawn. After the intro Shawn asked me if it was something I would like to pursue and I said yeah but with have to get Becky to figure it all out and that’s when I started with my coach. Here was this young man who could really move some weight and me the mid 30’s guy with the beer belly. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy but was up for the challenge.Q. What have been your greatest challenges since you began your CrossFit Training?There have been challenges in all aspects of life since I have began. I was always into weight lifting instead of gym class all through high school and relearning some of the old lifts that I used to do was a challenge. But, it means so much more to perfect the lift not just muscle through it.Flexibility is also something I had very little of and still struggle with.On the mental side, I wrestled in high school so getting in the zone for a WOD was pretty easy. I really hate the words “I can’t.” You can do whatever you think you can’t do, it’s a mental thing.Emotionally, CrossFit has been tough. At the start I had a hard time with how long some things took me to do or not being able to do certain moves ( I still hate DU’s… they piss me of overtime). Over time I have realized that the mods will get me there and if I have to mod down now it’s OK. I will get there one day.Q. What have been your greatest successes since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?CrossFit is a huge release, not only lately, but since I have started. It lets me get out anger, stress, and there is the gratification you get from accomplishing the WOD. Seeing how much you have progressed since you started is great. I remember when I started with squats and really struggling in my personal training and one of my first class WODS was overhead squats! I could only do them with a pvc and a box and honestly, I never thought it was going to get better. But I just kept working on them whenever the chance came up and have made huge gains on all squats, especially the overhead.Physically I feel like this has been the best shape I have been in since my 20’s and love having energy to go hiking, biking, and skiing. My other greatest conquer in CrossFit was the rope climb. Since I was in grade school I was never able to climb a rope. One day I had a 5:30 class with Tucker and after watching me struggle in warm ups, he really took the time to teach me how to use my feet. By the time we were done I was very confident in doing them but still didn’t have the strength to do more than couple. I realized that my core was not strong enough so I worked religiously for weeks doing Shawn’s core WOD and that paid off to the point that when I miss a WOD with rope climbs I am mad that I can’t do it.Q. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?It gives my Becky and I another thing to talk about and helps us with working towards eating healthier. Not gonna lie, when she started doing CrossFit and I watched the amount of bacon she needed for the day, I was saying “what the ****” to myself. Now the amount of protein we go through in our house is crazy. I have eaten pretty healthy for many months leading up to the start of CrossFit, but getting my food dialed in more and more over time has helped tons. I have more energy to get things done at home and with the girls. Also knowing my girls watch Becky and I set the example and seeing what they accomplished over the summer in CrossFit Little Learners was awesome. Just this past week I got to see them make up their own WOD at home and couldn’t help but have a huge smile on my face!The other thing that has transferred over into other parts of my life has been being able to complete projects around the house without struggling (unless I can’t move from muscles being so sore). And just having more energy to do stuff with the family.Q. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?When I was in my 20’s I got into doing a lot of weightlifting but would get burnt out from it. After a year or working out, I would take the summers off and get back into it but it was mostly the same stuff with just different programs or styles. Then, eventually, I got totally burnt out and stopped. After the kids were born we did T25 for a while but that to was the same thing week after week. The thing I like the most about CrossFit is that it is different every day, week, and month so it’s always changing. I now trying to accomplish all the different moves.
Q. What advice can you give to others?Be consistent in your training, eat well, don’t get down on yourself for having to do the mods. They work to build strength. Enjoy the community that we are a part of. Give yourself time to heal if something isn’t feeling right or ask the coaches what you can do differently for the WOD so you can keep at it.
Q. Any other details you would like to share about your experience at CrossFit Julia?CFJ is truly a community a great bunch of people and am very lucky to be a part of it. We have met so many amazing people and kids here. Having a place were we can bring the kids and not having people look down at us for it really has helped. Watching the kids interact with the other kids and even the adults is so awesome. I would like to thank all of the coaches past and present for all the help in all aspects of my journey and my family’s as well. This is a place that I look forward to coming to for the challenges that we are given and the fun that we have while doing it…celebrating the accomplishments of PR’s and WOD’s. They way that people cheer you on to complete a WOD is like non other and that stems from the great people we get to do this with.