April 2017 Athlete Spotlight

Josh K.

Tell us about yourself

I live in O’Fallon with my wonderful wife Tammie.  Despite the dog and cat, we are empty nesters. Dalton, our 25 year old lives in Ozark, MO with his fiancé, and 2x games athlete, Kelly.

What made you start CrossFit?

I spent years racing mountain bikes, but a foot injury put me off the bike for a couple of years. I needed to do something to stay active in the interim recovery period, so I came to Trenches to try it out after a bunch of pressure from family and friends (PC!!).

What were your thoughts after your first workout at CFT?

I kind of thought that PC and Mendy just got together and had a bit of a “Muahahaha” laugh while programming the WOD.  It was tough!  I was sore for several days.  That was 2.5 years ago….

What impact has CrossFit had in your life in and outside the gym?

Besides becoming stronger and more flexible, CrossFit has been a great stress relief outlet.  It’s great to get in to the 5 or 6pm class and let a little steam off by lifting things and putting them back down over and over.

If you had to write a WOD, what would it be?

I like chippers and hero WODs. When I travel, I do variations of this WOD based upon what equipment the hotel has:

4 or 5 sets of heavy deadlifts, cleans, or push-press

20 sets of 5: Pull Ups, Push Ups, Sit Ups, Squats

2-4K row, or 2-3 mile run

What’s your diet like? How does nutrition play a role in your life?

I try to eat clean.  I don’t follow any particular type of diet; I aim to eat clean with balance and moderation, but I do count macros. I’ve been using a nutritionist for the past couple of months and have been seeing great results.

What advice would you give to a new CrossFitter?

Don’t give up. Don’t worry about how much weight you lift – push hard, but know your limits. Get plenty of rest.  Know that if you are doing it right, it doesn’t necessarily get easier…but you do get faster, stronger, leaner….and just more awesome.  But most importantly – Come Back!!!

What’s your favorite motivational quote and why?

“Push through” – It’s simple and you can repeat it to yourself when you start getting tired. Pushing hard during that time just beyond when it starts getting tough results in so much benefit.

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