When did you start doing CrossFit?

December 2012

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in Barrington in a household of 3 boys and attended Roslyn, Lines and BHS. My wife (Sheryl) and I moved back to Barrington in 1990. We have 2 grown children that live in Chicago and are firmly on their career path. Can I hear a hallelujah!?  As a kid I played many sports and in high school focused primarily on hockey. I earned a business degree from Ole Miss and now work in sales for Teleperformance in the customer contact outsourcing industry.

What was your fitness routine before CrossFit?

Not much.  I would describe myself as active but never had a specific fitness routine post college, which unfortunately was a long time ago.  I knew the time had come to start working out on a consistent basis, but was having trouble finding a program that motivated me enough to stick with it.  I found all that and more at Crossfit Barrington.

Favorite WOD?

Filthy Fifty

Least favorite WOD?

Open WOD 14.5.  I think I actually died for a little bit

Favorite lift?

Back squat or Dead lift.  Couldn’t decide between the two.

Least favorite lift?

Snatch.  That was an easy answer.

How has your view about CrossFit changed since your first WOD at CFB?

The only change in my view appears to be that I’m more committed.  I look forward to coming to class and attend everyday whenever I am not traveling.  The friendships I have developed with the other athletes through our common bond of fitness has actually made working out fun… which prior to my involvement with CrossFit I did not think was possible.

 What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of these goals?

My goal was simply to get fit and improve my flexibility and mobility.  I do believe I have achieved these goals to a certain extent, but CrossFit has motivated me to reach even higher.  It is very rewarding to complete movements and strength benchmarks that were impossible to achieve previously.  I see no reason why I can’t continue to improve and achieve much more.  Although I continue to reset my goals in terms of lifts or movements, the underlying objective is simple.   At CrossFit, we encourage each other to “Be More Awesome!” and that mindset is contagious.

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

I have more energy, feel stronger and I have made several friends in the process.  All good.

 What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Barrington?

I have found that most people who are not familiar with CrossFit believe it is too difficult and that you must already be in great shape, which is intimidating.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Sure, it is challenging.  However, it is as challenging as each person wants to make it based on his or her specific objectives.  The individual ability varies greatly among the athletes.  Each person decides how hard they want to push themselves and the coaches recommend, encourage and provide instruction to do the movements correctly to maximize results and avoid injury.  Furthermore, the coaches will recommend modifications to scale the workout according to the ability of each beginning athlete and the instruction continues in every class going forward, not just when you first join.

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