TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
Husband, Father of 4, Educator, Starting my 19th year working for Knox County Schools
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek?
Since it first opened, I was one of the hold-overs from Crossfit HTK.
WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT? WHAT HAS KEPT YOU DOING IT? HAS YOUR MOTIVATION CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
In 2013, I was training for a half-marathon primarily because I wanted to lose 30 lbs. I was invited to CrossFit by a friend who thought I should try it out in June of 2013. I continued to train for the half-marathon and do CrossFit until October when I ran the race. After that, I gave up running for CrossFit and I’ve not done more than a 5K since. Running was killing my knees anyway.
I think my motivation has been really similar the entire time I have been doing CrossFit. I always bought into the idea of functional fitness and learning to do new things or master new movements. I have always tried to stay focused on the long-term benefits of doing CrossFit and having a body that is capable of doing lots of different things.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?
The CrossFit games are NOT in my future.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?
Getting my first Muscle Up
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIFT, MOVEMENT, OR WOD? LEAST FAVORITE?
I guess my favorite lift would be the clean and jerk, but I like overhead presses of all types and handstand pushups, etc.
I always liked the Hero WOD “The Seven”
Least Favorite is “Kalsu.” I only did it once with scaled weight… never again.
WHAT WOULD YOUR PERFECT WOD LOOK LIKE?
No Running, No Muscle Ups, 8 min time cap – I can pretty handle anything else for 8 min or less.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CFFC OR JUST CROSSFIT IN GENERAL?
I enjoy being part of a community of people who are committed to showing up every day to do something they know is going to be difficult in order to be a better version of themselves. I have also always loved the fact that CF is programmed and I can just show up and do what is on the board without having to think about it too much. I’m busy, so I appreciate simplicity.
WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?
I know it’s probably cliché to say, but CrossFit is pretty therapeutic for me. My poor wife can vouch for the fact that I get a little hard to be around when I haven’t been to the gym in a while. It serves as my daily dose of stress relief and it keeps me sane.
WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
WHEN YOU ARE NOT CROSSFITTING, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
I like to spend time with my family, watch my kids play sports, get outdoors…
WHAT IS ONE FUN THING ABOUT YOU THAT WE MAY NOT KNOW YET?
WHAT IS THE ONE TIP YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING CROSSFIT OR WHO IS NEW TO CROSSFIT?
I think my best advice would be to trust the process, do the scaled movements, show up consistently, learn to do the movements correctly, follow the programming, etc. Set your sights out a year and just tell yourself, “just do the work and your results will come.”
Oh, and always thank the coach. They deserve it.
WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? HAS IT CHANGED SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FUEL?
I plead the Fifth.