What brought you to crossfit and to WLCF? Did you have specific goals or something you were seeking to change?
I have always been fairly active, running at least 3 to 5 miles daily, yet was looking for something new to mix it up. I went through various phases of big box gym memberships, but there was something about the feel of the big gym that never inspired me.I knew nothing about CrossFit before I was referred to WLCF by Chris Ferguson. One day I finally made the drive over to check out what this garage gym was all about, and was inspired by seeing everyone getting after it. What really stuck out to me as I watched those half dozen or so people working out that day was that each of them looked like they were at different stages in their fitness journey, yet it was a very cohesive class.
Anyone who knows me understands my appreciation for the incredible BBQ and brewery scene we have in Central Texas. No telling what I would look like if I didn’t have CrossFit to help me balance all of the brisket and IPA.
What keeps you coming back?
First and foremost I love the community feel of WLCF. I’ve had the fortune to visit many boxes throughout the country, and I’ve yet to encounter one with a better sense of community than WLCF. Every member is so motivating and a real joy to work out with. Additionally I have developed incredible friendships beyond the gym.
I really like the thought that goes into the programming.
What changes have you seen in yourself (physically, mentally, as a person, etc)?
Most recently I participated in Coach Eric’s Nutrition Life Challenge. Although I considered myself a healthy eater prior to jumping in on the challenge, I learned so many new things about nutrition that have been life changing, both mentally and physically. As a result of the challenge I lost over 20 pounds and feel better every day. A fun reward was having to take my work clothes in to get re-tailored to fit my “new” body.
Physically I am so much stronger than I have ever been. It amazes me that despite getting on in years that I continue to see my 1 rep maxes increase. Additionally, my work capacity has increased dramatically, allowing me to motor through WODs unlike before. It is fun to go back and look at journal entries of benchmark WODs I did in the first year of joining WLCF and comparing them to when I do them now. It blows me away how much stronger and more endurance I have. WODs that I used to scale I am now doing Rx. Likewise I am completeing those WODs in unimaginable times comparatively.
What’s been the biggest challenge that you’ve faced? How did you overcome it (or how are you working on it)?
I competed, and finished, a full marathon without any training. I would absolutely never advise anyone to do that, but I highlight it as an example of the mental strength I have developed doing CrossFit.
How do you stay active outside of the gym? How has your training here connected to that?
I still run almost daily, as it allows me some solitary time to clear my head. Because of Crossfit I am able to dial back the amount of miles I now run, which helps in my recovery. I travel for work a lot. I find that I will book my hotel s in close proximity to gyms in other cities. If I don’t have time to get to a gym or go for a run while traveling, there are many CrossFit WODs that I can knock out in my hotel room.
What’s your favorite time of day to be in the gym and why?
I either hit the gym right after the girls head off to school or the noon class. I really enjoy working out with the regular crew during those times and seeing how everyone has progressed over the years.
If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice before you started crossfit, what would it be?
I honestly wish I had started CrossFit earlier. I am stronger and more fit than I have ever been.
*Results may vary