When did you start doing CrossFit?
November 2012

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in Missouri, where most of my family still resides, but after grad school I lived in Louisiana and Texas for work before moving to Illinois for a new job in May 2012 with my wife, Krista, and our son, Luke. I always played sports growing up between baseball, basketball, football, and golf, but the opportunities and time to play those sports tend to diminish with time so CrossFit has been great to fill that void.

What was your fitness routine before CrossFit?
Mostly running with sporadic YMCA/Lifetime workouts where you tend to spend more time wandering around than you do working out.

Favorite WOD?
Any of the Hero WODs are brutal and fantastic at the same time. It makes you thankful for the sacrifices made by others, which makes the momentary pain easier to bear. Murph is great, but I would pick The Seven which I did in an open gym a few weeks ago.

“The Seven”
Seven rounds for time of:
7 Handstand push-ups
135 pound Thruster, 7 reps
7 Knees to elbows
245 pound Deadlift, 7 reps
7 Burpees
7 Kettlebell swings, 2 pood
7 Pull-ups

Least favorite WOD?
No doubt, Fran

Favorite Lift?
I have come to appreciate the strict press as being strong in that movement can help in so many others.

Least favorite lift?
Probably overhead squats and snatch.

How has your view about CrossFit changed since your first WOD at CFB?
Walking through those doors for the first time is really intimidating. You see the athletes competing at the CrossFit Games on TV, you see the videos online of people doing pull ups, muscle ups, squats, etc, and the videos of Craig carrying small cars around and you think there’s no way I’m ready for this. In the end, there’s really nothing you can do to prepare for CrossFit because there’s nothing like it. So, I kept showing up, working harder than I ever had before, and things change when do you the best you can every time. I now view CrossFit as a life style, as a way to become stronger, faster, and reduce the likelihood of injury through functional movements.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? And have you achieved any of these goals?
I didn’t necessarily have any specific goals when I joined CrossFit, but through this past year have identified strengths and weaknesses in the various workouts and movements. Now, I’m working to turn those weaknesses around (double unders, muscle ups, squats) and to encourage others along the way.

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
I have tried to incorporate CrossFit into my everyday life so if I’m in town, I’m going to CFB. The really great thing as well is you become a part of a global community so now when I travel I have had the opportunity to drop-in at other “boxes” in the US, South America, and Europe and the shared struggle of a WOD is a universal language. I have also been a half marathon runner for several years and 2013 was my best race year ever with PRs in every race I ran; however, I did the least amount of running in training ever and a lot of CrossFit. I don’t think it is only about being in better shape physically than I ever have been, but the workouts help teach you to strengthen your mind, remove the nagging doubts, and push through when things are difficult. This is a huge achievement since often the mind will stop us before our bodies are ready to quit.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Barrington?
Show up as much as possible and push yourself for that one hour every day because soon you will see and feel the fruits of that labor. CFB is really an amazing community with fantastic people and top-level coaches who are always looking out for you. I am genuinely thankful to have found CFB as coming to a new community where you have no connections or friends can be difficult, but this place made that transition much easier.

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