What brought you to Crossfit and to WLCF? Did you have specific goals or something you were seeking to change?
I’d been an athlete all my life, and had been working out in various gyms for 30 years, but found that I was in a bit of a workout routing “rut” in the years following a lower back surgery in 2003. My cousin is a Crossfit instructor in Michigan, and encouraged me to stop in and try it her in Austin
What keeps you coming back?
In addition to the people – coaches as well as my fellow Crossfitters – I love that I can get an incredibly dynamic workout in less than an hour. Plus, whether you admit it or not there’s a competitive element when you’re working out with others that helps you push yourself harder than you might otherwise.
What changes have you seen in yourself (physically, mentally, as a person, etc.)?
Physically, I have so much more hip, shoulder, and ankle flexibility now than before I started Crossfit. Mentally, it has helped me push my limits. There was a moment in probably every workout I did the first 6 months when I thought to myself “I’m not going to be able to finish” – and yet I did. As a person, I think Crossfit has given me more confidence in my physical capabilities while humbling me at the same time with the intensity of the workouts.
What’s been the biggest challenge that you’ve faced? How did you overcome it (or how are you working on it)?
Unfortunately, this past November I had some abnormal blood pressure results so my physician ordered a series of heart tests for me over several weeks. They informed me that I have an enlargement of my ascending aortic stem which is effectively an early stage aneurysm. On top of that they found that I have ulcerated plaque in my coronary artery in an unfortunate location on the wall of the heart they refer to as the “widow-maker”. The cardiologist advised me to immediately cease all heavy lifting and anything which could be described as “an explosive movement”. Can you say “all things Crossfit”? As a result, I’m not allowed to do anything other than light weights and moderate cardio while I take a host of anti-plaque and blood pressure-lowering drugs while they monitor my situation over the next 6 months.
How do you stay active outside of the gym? How has your training here connected to that?
I have a road bike and ride on the weekends with a group. I also do the MS150 ride from Houston to Austin each April.
What goals (big or small) are you working towards now? Have the types of goals you set for yourself changed since you started Crossfit?
To be able to Crossfit again someday!
What’s your favorite time of day to be in the gym and why?
I’ve always preferred mid-day or evening, as my back is less stable in the early morning hours. Plus, it’s typically warmer later in the day so I tend to get a better sweat out of my workout.
*results may vary