“Have fun with challenging yourself. The first challenge is walking into the gym for the first time. It can be a little intimidating at first, but once you get to know the CrossFit community, everyone is very welcoming.”

Congratulations to Drew Houser, our May 2022 Athlete of the Month! We sat down with him to learn more about his CrossFit journey.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

I have been married for about 2.5 years to my wife Madison, and we are expecting our first child in June! I am also finishing up my last semester at UT graduating with a civil engineering degree with a focus in water resources. I have also accepted a job with a company post-graduation called Prairie Engineers.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek?

 I have been at CFFC for about a year and a half now.

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

 I originally joined CrossFit to mix up my workouts. I was getting bored with doing the same movements all the time or running. With my competitive edge and always wanting to learn and challenge myself, I fell in love with CrossFit. My motivation has not changed much since starting just that I can now get more technical with the movements to become more efficient.

 WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?

I have learned that the “can do” mentality that you create in the gym can be taken with you outside of the gym.

 WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?

 The 2021 Spring Fling Competition. Madison and I placed 7th in the RXish division. We were higher in the standings until the last workout, but that whole day was just a blast!

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

I enjoy challenging myself so sometimes my favorite movements are the ones that I am not good at. Like thrusters, front squat, or any workout with a heavy barbell. Keeps me motivated to keep getting stronger. I also really like Olympic lifts because of technique behind them. However, my best WODs are the very long and cardio intensive ones.

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

I love the community at CFFC! In general, I love the physical and mental challenge of CrossFit.

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

 CrossFit fills the competitiveness I need in my life. It also lets me take an hour out of my day to focus on myself instead school and the craziness of life.

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

I do not have specific goals, but I am always working to get stronger.

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

I love hunting and in general being in the outdoors.

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

I was a collegiate baseball player for four years. 

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

Have fun with challenging yourself. The first challenge is just walking into the gym for the first time. It can be a little intimidating at first, but once you get to know the CrossFit community, everyone is very welcoming.

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

I would like to think that Madison and I eat pretty healthy, and not much has changed since we started CrossFit. We only eat out about 4 to 5 times a month and when we do eat out it is never fast food. Our favorite saying is, “We work out to eat and not eat to work out.”

 This year for the Open, my workout fuel was a loaded burrito bowl with venison, rice, avocado, cheese, etc. I would eat a huge bowl Thursday night and then another huge bowl for lunch on Friday. This may have been more of a superstition. I did it for the first Open workout and did well, so I decided to stick with it throughout the three weeks.

 ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Madison and I are moving closer to family at the end of June after our baby is born. On behalf of both of us, we would both like to say thank you to everyone within the CFFC community. This gym has been our home away from home and we have loved every second of it. We have been able to make such great friends that it will not be easy leaving CFFC. We plan on enjoying every second of every workout these next couple of months. This is will not be a goodbye because we are already counting the days when we can come back to visit with our baby girl and join in on a competition. Once again, thank you.