“CrossFit obviously pushes you to your limit not only physically, but mentally. The mental toughness that CrossFit has helped me form not only benefits me in the gym but also in my personal life, especially business.”

Congratulations to Josh Cornett, our December 2021 Athlete of the Month! We sat down with him to learn more about his CrossFit journey.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF? 

I am originally from Mountain City, TN. After attending Lincoln Memorial University, I moved to West Palm Beach, FL for six years before returning to Knoxville in 2019. Although LMU may be my Alma Mater, the University of TN is who me and my bluetick coonhound cheer for on Saturdays. During the week I spend most of my time helping our local senior communities with their insurance needs for The Assurance Group. I also enjoy fishing and spending time with my loved ones in my spare time. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek? 

Right at 1.5 years   

WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT? WHAT HAS KEPT YOU DOING IT? HAS YOUR MOTIVATION CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?  

I was very bored at traditional gyms and severely unmotivated to go to the gyms. Obviously, CrossFit is upbeat and can be very motivating. If anything, I’ve become more motivated after the initial torture. A lot of that has to do with my 8:30 crew. It’s normally the same group of fantastic people and being able to workout with them motivated me to start my day working out with them!     

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC? 

CrossFit obviously pushes you to your limit not only physically but mentally. The mental toughness that CrossFit has helped me form not only has benefits in the gym but also in my personal life, especially business. 

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT? 

I would say finally learning how to butterfly pull ups. This was such a frustrating movement and seemed impossible to learn. Finally, after weeks of practice and help from the coaches we got them working. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIFT, MOVEMENT, OR WOD? LEAST FAVORITE?  

Hands down, Power Snatch  

Least favorite, C2B because I haven’t learned to butterfly them yet. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CFFC OR JUST CROSSFIT IN GENERAL? 

I may sound like a broken record but starting your day out with the people in this gym have added such value to my life. Many gyms have cliques and groups that may keep to themselves but the welcomeness of this entire gym not only makes it feel like home but increases the desire to come in every day wanting to get better.  

WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM? 

I’d love to get to the point of being in the competitive realm for the podium in some of our local competitions. I love the competitive juices that flow in our gym and honestly competing with my friends in CFFC is enough for me. 

WHEN YOU ARE NOT CROSSFITTING, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO? 

I love my job. I have a true passion for helping our seniors and that occupies a lot of my time. I’m also a big fisher, notice I did not say “catcher.” Thanks Rebecca. 

WHAT IS ONE FUN THING ABOUT YOU THAT WE MAY NOT KNOW YET? 

 I got to meet President Trump twice when I lived in Florida and got to take pictures with him. 

WHAT IS THE ONE TIP YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING CROSSFIT OR WHO IS NEW TO CROSSFIT?   

DO IT! Don’t settle for a judgmental or mediocre environment. Personally speaking, it’s all about the environment for me. A person can go workout anywhere but the family oriented, always pulling for each other environment is so important. Also, don’t get discouraged and make progress one day at a time. Rich Froning didn’t start out power cleaning 300LB day one.  

WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? HAS IT CHANGED SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FUEL?  

My diet is far from perfect but has drastically improved since joining CFFC. A lot of help has come from the coaching staff who have helped me to understand more in depth the importance of proper nutrition.  

 ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?  

A BIG shout out to Rebecca, Derrick and Matt for all your help and look forward to continuing our CrossFit journey.