- What is your favorite WOD(s) or Skill(s)?
I would say Fran is one of my better WOD’s. Not sure of the reason, but my Thrusters and Pull-up combination seem to have an efficient transition. For me it is a quick workout that I am able to track progress and/or recognize a need to work a little harder.
- What WOD is at the bottom of your list?
Anything that involves handstand pushups. As much as I would like to learn the skill, I don’t see myself figuring it out anytime soon.
- How would you describe your diet? (Paleo, Primal, Zone, Clean, etc.)
I have tried Paleo in the past and can say that I definitely noticed a difference in my fitness and performance. To continue strict Paleo was a challenge and difficult to manage while traveling. Currently, I tend to lean towards clean eating and just making overall healthy choices. I plan to modify a Paleo diet in the near future and hope to improve my overall or at least maintain my current fitness levels.
- How did you hear about CrossFit Trenches?
We moved to the area in July 2014 and began searching for a CrossFit Facility. One of the reasons we selected to purchase a home in the Winghaven area was the convenience and atmosphere Trenches provided. We made the obvious right choice and look forward to enjoying our remaining 2-3 years at CFT.
- How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I began CrossFit in February 2013 at a small box in St. Augustine, FL. I had the typical hurdles of learning the exercises and trying to get over the daily soreness. There were some initial doubts about whether I would be able to continue, but quickly became addicted and determined not to let some burpees beat me. It has been a great 3 years and I look forward to enjoying both the daily WOD and CrossFit community for years to come.
- Describe your biggest milestone, achievement, or “A-ha” moment at CFT?
There have been a couple of moments during my time at CrossFit Trenches. First, I have had to get used to working out to 80’s music enjoyed by Mid-Westerners. Not that it is a bad thing, just has taken some getting used to and now I enjoy flashing back to my high school days. Second, was during a miserable WOD that involved 6 or 8, 800m runs. That day my mind was wondering and I began to question the difference between CrossFit and just going to a regular gym. With the exception of the obvious benefits from CrossFit, I can afford not to go to Complete Fitness for $10 a month. Lastly, my first muscle-up happened one morning at CFT. It is an exercise I never really practiced or worked to achieve. It surprised me to get the movement, but I attribute good programming and professional coaching to the achievement.
- What encouragement or advice would you give to new people coming in?
When I started CrossFit, I weighed 240lbs with both high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It was obvious that I needed to change my lifestyle in order to manage my career and be around for grandchildren. CrossFit has changed my life and has allowed me to pursue options not available to my prior fitness level. I would encourage anyone to make time for themselves and embrace the suck!
- What’s your favorite motivational quote and why?
“Let’s Roll”, Todd Beamer, September 11, 2001.
Simple, to the point, with major impact.