Q1. What have been your greatest successes (physically, mentally or emotionally) since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?
My successes within CrossFit I feel all go hand in hand. Physically I have changed and by that I feel better emotionally and mentally. I’ve always been the scrawny, shy kid so to see the progress I have made altogether in CrossFit shows me what I am truly capable of and to step out of my shell. Whatever I put my mind to I can do it and CrossFit has shown me that. My body feels so much better from when I started and I credit that to the simple definition of CrossFit. Constantly Varied Functional Movement Performed at High Intensity.
Q2. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
CrossFit has given my life a sense of direction for my future and where I see myself. CrossFit training has been great but I think coaching is where it has affected me most. By seeing the progress of others and helping them along the way I have realized that what I want to do is help people. CrossFit has showed me that a little or a lot of initiative can take you a long way. I set goals for myself in the gym and that carries over to life goals outside the gym. As a coach I make it a top priority to give my all to be the best coach I can be and that carries over to stronger relationships and future endeavors.
Q3. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
CrossFit style training has had many advantages over my previous style of training. While I still implement my previous “bodybuilding” style training, CrossFit as my main source of exercise has brought the life back to my training. I enjoy doing different workouts everyday and testing all capacities I have. CrossFit has also made “bodybuilding” style training fun again because I do that out of enjoyment just like CrossFit and never get burned out.
Q4. What advice can you give to others?
My number one advice to give to others is to stay consistent. Progress doesn’t happen over night but in the long run you will make so many life gains by staying consistent. In the short time I have been at CrossFit DNR I have had the pleasure of watching all the consistency of the members pay off and it is truly amazing to see.
Athlete Specific Q. Did you enjoy your first CrossFit Open more as a coach or an athlete? Please explain.
I think I can go both ways on this question so I’ll try to tackle both ends briefly. This being my first ever open and first ever open as coach the experience was one that will be hard to top. As a coach it was one of the coolest feelings in the world to see the athletes I coach push themselves to their all time limits and surprise themselves so much. I saw people get their first unassisted pull-up and PR their deadlift 55 times. As an athlete is it was so satisfying to do exactly what I saw all the athletes I coach do. Push myself to the absolute limit with Kody yelling in my ear to PULL HARDER!
If this can get put in there as well I would like to thank Kody, Kyle and the DNR family for welcoming me on board in January of 2017 as an intern coach and athlete. I could go on for days about what a life changing and great opportunity it has been to be part of the DNR community. I am also super excited for what the future has in store for CrossFit DNR and being a part of it all. DO NOT RETREAT, DO NOT GO GENTLE!