How did you start CrossFit? It was actually because of my kids. My son (in high school at the time) and some of his hockey/lacrosse buddies started doing CrossFit at a gym in Boylston. He would tell us about the WODs over dinner, and then my daughter (just starting high school at the time) told me that she saw that a new CrossFit gym (CFR) was opening up in Hopkinton. She and I visited CFR one evening and met Drew. He gave us a quick tour and I signed up as a "charter member". Did my first WOD a couple days later...and I was hooked.
What is your favorite part of CrossFit? I like the fact that - no matter what your skill/strength ability level is - you get an absolutely killer workout in an hour. I also like the fact that classes are scheduled at specific times, which is a motivator to show up.
What motivates you to continue to CrossFit? At present, I am actively engaged in a significant weight-loss and general fitness push. My wife and I are booked on a trip to New Zealand for the first two weeks of February. Among other adventures, one of the highlights of the trip will be an opportunity for us to swim with Hector Dolphins in Kaikoura bay. So, my mantra at the moment is, "Get thin for the Dolphin!" After achieving that goal, I plan to continue with CrossFit to help STAY in shape.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? My ideal WOD would include rowing, wall balls, sit-ups and maybe some kettle bell swings. There would definitely NOT be any running of any kind, but I've actually gotten to the point where burpees no longer freak me out.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? I have been doing CrossFit since CFR opened more than four years ago. As noted above, my daughter started at the same time. She is away at college, so she's not an active CFR member at the moment, but it has become a tradition for us that she joins me for a WOD every Thanksgiving morning - a little pre-feast prep. This year was particularly great because it was a 'partner-WOD', so we got to work as a team.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Have FUN with it. Yes, the WODs are hard work, and you get out of them what you put into them. But, with the right mental attitude, you can enjoy every minute of it.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I am a cancer survivor. A little over 7 years ago, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had to undergo two surgeries to have the tumors removed - one in my man-jewel and the other in my abdomen. The surgeries were successful and after 5 years without any recurrence, I was pronounced cured! Compared with others who have battled cancer, I had a pretty easy road, all things considered. Nevertheless, it was an impactful moment in my life, and my most poignant memories from the event are the love and support of my family and friends.
As I mentioned in my latest Brooks’s Bite on Facebook, I will make sure to distribute the monthly programming preview descriptions that Jason Brown gives me. These will help those who are interested in following along with our mad scientist minds. It will also give you all a better sense of what you should be focusing on during the various phases.
CLICK HERE to see my notes for you all! You’ll notice I “let slip” the Month 4 description as well…so that you can see we will be re-testing some things we performed in Month 1…so hopefully you’ve all been keeping diligent logbooks with your results so we can compare and gather some gym-wide data. Let’s stay focused on the long-term goals by tackling the short-term ones!