How did you start CrossFit? Since before we were married, my wife Gabby and I always did some form of regular exercise. We ran outside for years, but once the kids arrived, we moved mostly to using exercise equipment in the house. A little over four years ago, Gabby told me that her sister had starting doing something called CrossFit and she wanted us to try it. Always ready to try something new, I of course said: "No way!” But, persist she did, and the next thing I knew we were in the Elements Class with Brooks Farrar. That was when I first uttered my now most-used expression: “Wait, what?” And yet, since I so easily mastered the snatch and clean on the first attempt, I agreed to join.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? Hands down — it is the community. Over the last four years, I have made so many new friends — and not just the casual-at-the-gym kind. No, I am talking about the kind of friends that you truly love and know you will treasure always. Did these friendships develop serendipitously because there are so many wonderful people at CFR? Perhaps. No doubt wonderful people is the required ingredient. But I think working really hard to do your best while others are doing the same thing around you, and helping each other along the way — I think that is the magic recipe. And that is what CrossFit is all about.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? Besides the community, it is my desire to age as slowly as I can. Since, I am far from perfect with my diet— the only answer is continued exercise. Crossing that age 60 line also made me more keenly aware of the fact that I will have to work harder to maintain my functional mobility. As long as I adjust to my changing capability (not easy — and we have to help our fellow masters to feel good about themselves when they do this), then I hope to be able to continue until Gabby says it is time to go.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? OLY lifts with less complexity such as back squats and deadlifts, and pretty much every body-weight exercise. And any WOD that has a partner or two always makes me smile.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Talk about a difficult question! I have so many— from doing competitions with friends to competing in the Open with everyone. If I had to pick one though— it would be the time that I was doing (or attempting to do) cleans in a WOD. Drew Carnase walked over and stood in directly front of me— and with a look that was somewhere between very serious and something else— said: “You’ve been coming here for almost four years now, don’t you think it’s time you got this?” It absolutely cracked me up and warmed my heart at the same time. And it demonstrated just how in tune with each of the members all of the coaches at CFR are. Would that have been the right thing to say to anybody else but me and would Drew have said it to anyone else? Absolutely not! Was it perfect for me? Without doubt!
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Always be mindful of your current health and capabilities and don’t reach beyond either.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I once crashed a car into a telephone pole and flipped it over because I watched a painted turtle confuse the passenger-side floor mat for the turtle rest room. So now, although I prefer that you wait until we get to a rest stop, if you don’t, I will still keep my eyes on the road.