Drew & Kerry Crook

Congratulations to our February 2020 Athletes-of-the-Month, Drew and Kerry Crook! We sat down with them and talked about their CrossFit experiences. 

CFFC: Tell us about yourself?

Kerry: I am married to Drew (18 years), and we have two kids, Whitney (7) and Theo (1). I am a teacher, currently working as a curriculum specialist with Knox County Schools. I grew up in Knoxville, Fountain City, actually, have traveled to many parts of the world, but never wanted to move too far away from my family.

Drew: Parent of two kids, husband to an amazing wife, insurance
agent, golfer, traveler.

CFFC: How long have you been with CFFC?

Kerry: 7 years (I was a member of HTK before CFFC).

Drew: Since 2012 (HTK days).

CFFC: What made you start CrossFit? What has kept you doing it? Has your motivation changed since you first started?

Kerry: I started CF with a Groupon, thinking of it as a temporary challenge to jump start a bit of weight loss. But very soon, we realized we loved it and could never go back to a regular gym. Initially, I loved the intensity of CF and learning (or trying to learn) so many new skills. I also loved seeing gains in strength. Although I worked out with weights before, I was pushing myself to much heavier weights. That’s what keeps me coming to CF…I love feeling strong! Now my motivation is to be stronger, not just skinnier.

Drew: HTK had a Groupon, and I thought, “at that price what do I have to lose?” My motivation is being fit enough to keep up with my kids when they turn 5, 10, 15 and hopefully even older. I definitely recognize my limitations and see that PRing isn’t as important as it once was; I’m not going to be a games athlete, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to push. The other thing that has kept me doing it, is I can’t imagine working out any other way at this point.

CFFC: What have you learned since joining CFFC?

Kerry: I am stronger than I ever believed I could be. Having never played sports as a kid, I never considered my athletic. With CF, I have learned so many new skills and been able to push myself physically beyond what I ever thought I could do.

Drew: That most people have no idea how to lift weights or work out.

CFFC: What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

Kerry: Getting my first strict pull-up!

Drew: Deadlift PR’s – they’re the only thing I am really good at.

CFFC: What are your favorite lifts or movements? Least favorite?

Kerry: Favorites would be deadlifts, DU, wall balls, KB swings, box jumps. Least favorite would be snatches, overhead squats, and burpees.

Drew: My favorite WOD would include deadlifts, overhead squats, cleans, and maybe a little running… the gentle warmth of a pile of assault bikes burning in the background. My least favorite movements are burpees, handstand push-ups, and pistols.

CFFC: What do you most enjoy about CFFC or CrossFit in general?

Kerry: I love the workouts, the challenge, and the community. It’s hard to get up at 4:45am to work out, but having such a great group to work out with is motivating and helps me to get there.

Drew: There are still days I come in and have butterflies before a WOD. Combining a challenge to yourself with a little bit of friendly competition and peer motivation is just hard to beat.

CFFC: What impact has CrossFit had on you in and out of the gym?

Kerry: At HTK, there was a quote on the board that read, “If you really want something, you will find a way. If not, you’ll make excuses.” I think about that a lot both in and out of the gym. You’ve got to put in the work if you really want something.

Drew: I think it does give you a level of confidence – knowing that you are functionally fit. If you have pick something up or move for an extended period of time – you know you can.

CFFC: What are your CrossFit goals?

Kerry: Right now, I am working on trying to RX every workout I can and build my strength back up, after taking several months off from CF, with the baby.

Drew: I need to work on handstand push-ups and pistols.

CFFC: When you are not CrossFitting, what is your favorite thing to do?

Kerry: Eat good food, listen to music, and travel.

Drew: I love to golf.

CFFC: What is one fun thing about you that we may not know about you yet?

Drew: Kerry is way older than me… no seriously.

CFFC: What is one tip you’d give to someone new to CrossFit or considering CrossFit?

Kerry: CrossFit is for everyone. You don’t have to be the strongest or fastest, but keep just keep making progress and improving yourself. Be better than you were yesterday.

Drew: Try to find someone in the classes who is close to you in skill but maybe a
little bit better and then workout close to them. Seeing someone pick up the bar when you are
still resting is a powerful motivator. You will get better and faster.

CFFC: What is your diet like? Has it changed since starting CrossFit? What is your favorite workout fuel?

Kerry: We try to eat as healthy as possible, but we love food, so we do splurge (probably more than we should). Since starting CF, I have realized the importance of eating for performance. I count macros when I have serious goals, but otherwise, high protein, complex carbs, and veggies are what we try to eat.

Drew: Our family has always been pretty clean eaters, so simple protein, whole grain carbs, and veggies for dinner. Eggs for breakfast, simple sandwich on whole grain for lunch. Weekend evening meals are for cheating. Absolutely eat something late afternoon before working out. Lately I love Think High Protein Bars.