Wendler Cycle 3, Week 2
70%, 80%, 90%
ATHLETE PROFILE: Alex B.
When did you first start CrossFitting?: September, 2006
When did you first start training at CFLA?: September, 2006
Favorite WOD: Annie
Least Favorite WOD: Elizabeth
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Played JV Basketball, tennis in high school. Ran indoor track. That is pretty much it. Played hockey outdoors on frozen ponds, street hockey in the summer, pickup basketball, baseball in my neighborhood. I was a pretty mediocre athlete at best but that never stopped me from playing.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I was living outside of Boston and a trainer at my gym said he was doing these crazy workouts and loving it. He told me it was Crossfit and he was getting them off the website. I knew I was moving to California and decided to try to find a Crossfit gym when I moved. I wish I could remember my first WOD but have no clue.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I haven’t lost much weight but I think I’ve moved some stuff around. I generally feel much better and know I’m in much better shape. Since there are so many people who kick my ass in the gym, I only feel in better shape when I’m around my 46 year old peers who do not Crossfit and are too scared to come to the gym with me and try it. If I can get the opportunity to beat up on them, I take it
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I never really felt that Crossfit was something that I took on and conquered. I guess that the one thing it has given me is that as I’m getting older I never feel physically limited, and I think that can happen to people as they get into their mid 40s. I’ve taken up surfing and skateboarding in the last two years, and I don’t think many of my mid 40 peers would do that.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Way back in the old gym, I showed up for the noon class. Dawn was teaching, and this was before the workout was posted daily. I was the only one who showed up that day. Dawn said ok you are going to do this workout called Murph. I had never heard of it. I did it solo and it was hell.
Any advice for people just getting started? I’m coming up on 5 years of continuous training at CFLA, so I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. I’ve seen some people get real excited when they start and then train too hard, use unrealistic weights, and either just burn out or get injured. I’ve noticed that the people who stick around long term go at a sustainable pace and do push themselves but work hard to understand their limitations and try not to let their egos get in the way.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? The stock market, snowboarding, surfing, running road races, rollerblading, biking, going to the beach. Hanging out with the kids and wife. Enjoying the great SoCal weather as much as possible. Margaritas.