How did you start CrossFit? Prior to joining Resilience, nearly two years ago, I had fallen into a routine of frequent cardio (running mostly) and limited weight training. It became a chore to get to the gym or to go out a run and I was looking for something to break out of the rut. That was coupled with some serious personal challenges I was going through and I wanted to make a change beyond exercise. I’ve been athletic all of my life and fitness has been one of several dimensions I’ve turned to in life as a way for achievement. In fitness or other pursuits I’ve had experiences where I’ve reached for something, put in the work and was able to change. It simply reminds me that there is more I can do and I get gratification from the results, especially, when the work is hard. Two years ago I needed that change more than ever. I had a limited knowledge of Crossfit through watching the CrossFit Games on television. I also saw a few workouts at a box in Auburn. The variety and intensity intrigued me, but I thought I was too old and lacked the knowledge to try it. What I hadn’t seen on television was the coaching. When I finally drove to Hopkinton to inquire in person I was told about Elements and I learned that I’d have help and guidance and wouldn’t be on my own.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? CrossFit has delivered on the variety and intensity I was seeking and I enjoy that without question. Every session there can be something new. My favorite part is the coaching. CrossFit Resilience is second to none. I travel for a living and have been to CrossFit in 10 cities. We are so fortunate, not only to have the best CrossFit facility by far among the ones I’ve seen, but our coaches are exceptional. If it was not for them, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to try the things I do reflexively today and I know I wouldn’t have made the progress I have. Because of their care, consistency and guidance, I’ve been able to safely progress and I love the way I feel. I’m also continuing to grow with CrossFit. I achieved two PR’s last month and they weren’t measured by a barbell rather they were for pull ups and DU’s. I have gotten much stronger and fit in 22 months of Crossfit adding over 100 pounds on squat cleans for instance but it wasn’t translating as much into gymnastics. I was stuck on a rep count until one of our coaches came by and pointed out, again, some fundamentals to me (sometimes I’m not the best listener) and he stood with me and kept repeating one word – “Relax.” 1 minute later I hit 25 DU’s. I truly believe there isn’t a plateau or rut out there in CrossFit especially if you take advantage of the knowledge and experience of our coaches.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? That’s an easy one – It’s the way I feel, the people I’ve gotten to work with and our beautiful facility. I call it ours because I feel part of it. Resilience is more than just a gym and Crossfit is more than just exercise. I continue to enjoy my own transformation but I’ve also gotten to see so many other people transform. There was woman in who attends Resilience wearing a shirt that had the saying “if nothing changes….nothing changes”. I agree. Had I not joined two years ago, I wouldn’t feel the way I do today.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? I used to love Bench Press day because I can press a good amount for an old guy and not deal with my personal frustration of not being able to do a power clean or overhead squat. Now those complex moves are my favorite because they underscore how far I’ve come and how much more I can do. I’m not doing giant weight for OHS – in fact I just graduated from the empty bar about 5 months ago. But I can do them now and with weight on the bar. My lack of mobility and ability with that movement is almost a memory and that excites me. My favorite WOD so far is MURPH. I got to do Murph with my son who is heading to the Marine Corps as an officer when he graduates from college and the reverence for veterans and others that CrossFit displays through Hero WOD’s mean a great deal to me. It was special to do Murph with my son.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? So far it’s the learning. I can’t believe what I know in such a short time and I know there is still so much to learn.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Try it and scale it until you can do it. And you will do it. Listen to our coaches. I played Division 1 college soccer and had a strength and conditioning coach but I never picked a barbell off the ground until 22 months ago. Because I’ve been taught the right and safe way to do things and was made to feel comfortable to go at a rate that was right for a beginner, I, at 50 years old, can do many of the WOD’s at the Performer RX. Many but not all. I still need to put the work in to get to that consistent performer level but I plan to keep trying.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. A favorite hobby is playing guitar and performing. I was in a band for years and still get out to the local establishments to play an acoustic set once in a while.