What is your athletic background?
Growing up I played the usual sports and then played recreational basketball in high school (big surprise right?). In years past I’ve been into racing mountain bikes competitively, off-road motorcycle racing, rock climbing, recreational volleyball, adventure racing, 12oz curling competitions, etc..
What do you do for a living?
I currently work as an engineer for a local defense contractor.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
I’ve been with Crossfit NOCO for a couple months so far. A few years ago, I was at Crossfit TNT in St Charles for a few months also.
Have you trained before? If so, what are the differences you like about CrossFit than your past training? I’ve done a little bit of everything from the typical “Globo Gym” routine to training for adventure races in years past. Crossfit in my opinion is great because it focuses on functional movements where the benefits extend into other activities and is more structured. I also like that I get to drop the bar when I’m done without the entire gym stopping and staring at me like I’m crazy.
My favorite and at the same time probably my least favorite movement is the thruster.
Filthy 50! Takes me forever and is pretty brutal but is a great challenge.
Favorite CrossFit moment:
Maybe not my favorite, but definitely the funniest moment was getting thrown over Darian’s shoulder and carried for 100 feet!
What is one of your main goals for CrossFit?
My main goal at this point is to get my deadlift form perfected as it is the basis for a number of movements and is my main weakness.
What do you do outside of the box that is going to help your performance inside the box?
For me, proper recovery by stretching, resting, etc. on off days helps with my performance. Focusing on my weak points in between workouts is also something that helps a lot.
What do you enjoy on your leisure time?
Besides Crossfit of course, I enjoy going rock climbing with my wife, mountain biking, hunting, and doing nerdy engineer type things.
What advice would you give a new CrossFitter?
In the beginning focus on perfecting your form during the movements versus trying to go heavy on your weight. Also, listen and strive to apply the coach’s instructions, be sure to ask questions, and just like anything else you get out of it what you put in.
Any final thoughts on CrossFit?
I really enjoy working out at Crossfit North County and look forward to the next WOD!