What did you expect for yourself when you started training CrossFit?
When I started training at CFC 3 weeks ago, I honestly expected that I would be more prepared than I really ended up being. I had just finished a 10 week training for a half-marathon that I had completed, and only been 3 years out of D1-level college athletics. I was wrong!
This pic was taken minutes after Jeremiah helped Trey become a ninja!
What has your experience with CFC been so far?
The experience has been great. It’s what I expected and even a little more. I really like the camaraderie atmosphere, and there’s just something about CrossFit that is very addicting.
Have you achieved your goals since starting? Have they changed? What are you shooting for now?
It’s a little early to see much of a difference. My goal is to lose a little of the body fat that I haven’t already lost, and gain muscle weight. Another goal of mine is to strengthen my legs and core. A stretch goal would be to eventually be at the level to participate in the Open without an embarrassment.
What made you decide to join CrossFit? What were you doing before joining here?
I decided to join CrossFit because I was tired of going to the gym and falling into the same workouts over and over. I was really good about consistently going… but not good about adjusting my workout. Before joining, I was a member at Lifetime Fitness located in City Centre @ Beltway 8 & I-10. I had trained for a half-marathon and completed it. Matt & Madalyn Hanks were really pushing me to join, because they knew I would like the style of workouts. I promised them that I would consider joining after I completed the half-marathon. So I did!
What would you tell a friend who was thinking about joining? There are folks looking at CrossFit every day who think they can’t do it, what would you tell them? Why?
I would tell them that the type of people they see on TV competing is not the norm for members at CrossFit. CrossFit is for anybody, not just supreme athletes. There are all types of people that join CrossFit… male, female, short, tall, wide, narrow, athletic, un-athletic. CrossFit teaches you how to handle the body that God gave you, and to hand it in the most supreme way.
The number one comment we get about CrossFit training is that its too intimidating. Did you think the same thing and, if so, what did you find once you took that step and joined?
I did not think it was too intimidating due to what I’ve experienced through athletics. I have been through many of the same style workouts with the same level of intensity for years, so I was not intimidated. But, my wife, who was also a D-1 level athlete, was intimidated by the workouts before joining. After joining, it was what she had expected. Very hard and intimidating, but she knew she would end up feeling that way because of letting years pass after athletics without getting back into shape.
The one thing I am excited about that I have not experienced yet, is to participate in some of the health siminars that CFC holds periodically. I’m hoping that CFC not only helps me get to the fitness level I desire, but also teaches me about eating healthy.