“Before CrossFit, I had become unmotivated and bored by working out. CrossFit has helped me become stronger physically and provides a unique daily challenge of pushing myself and sending where I fail and succeed.”

Congratulations to Brady Evans, our October 2022 Athlete of the Month! We sat down with him to learn more about his CrossFit journey.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek?

I started in November of 2021 (I think)

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

Before CrossFit, I had become unmotivated and bored by working out by myself and I was lacking something active to do in community. CrossFit has helped me become much stronger physically and a unique daily challenge of pushing myself and seeing where I fail and succeed. I knew that I would meet people but the quality of the community has exceeded my expectations. 

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?

Since joining CFFC, I’ve learned how much I didn’t know about Olympic lifting. On that same note, I’ve learned how much my motor can improve, but I’ve experienced how my body is capable of handling more stress than I knew. 

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?

My proudest CrossFit moment was beating my lifting goals on the strength cycle on the front squat, bench. and max height box jumps. 

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

Power cleans are my favorite lift. Wall walks and deadlifts are my least favorite. 

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

Shout out to the 6:15 a.m. athletes and coaches – they are what I enjoy the most. Secondly, the workouts are always new, interesting, and challenging.

WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?

My confidence in what I am capable of both inside and outside of the gym has increased. It must be a neurological response, but after a hard workout, you just feel more confident. 

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

I would love to get a bar muscle-up. I feel very uncoordinated when attempting them, so I would like to think once I get the technique figured out, I will be close… so possibly by the end of the year, I could get one. 

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

I love being outside with my wife, Kathryn, and our two cute little girls. 

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

I have narcolepsy. It’s a blessing and a curse. I can fall asleep anywhere and at any time, but it can make getting my work done somewhat challenging. Thankfully God made coffee and five-minute naps. 

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

Prioritize meeting the target time or the number of reps over doing more weight or RXing the workout. But every now and then, you should probably fail. 

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

I don’t typically eat breakfast except for a protein shake after a workout. Lunch is often two cans of tuna and a sweet potato – best to put Chic-Fil-A sauce on both. Taco Bell is also common. Dinner is typically at home made by Kathryn and is always delicious. Once the kids are in bed, I usually eat some more protein or yogurt/cereal.