Athlete Profile: Todd B.
Complete 3 reps every 30 seconds for 2:30 (Total of 15 reps)
Rest 2 minutes between rounds
ATHLETE PROFILE: Todd B.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo
Occupation: Post production mogul
When did you first start CrossFitting?: January, 2008
When did you first start training at CFLA?: January, 2008
Favorite WOD: Anything that I can do without scaling such as pushups, situps & squats
Least Favorite WOD: Those with OH squats, long distance runs or other movements that my various injuries or limitations force me to severely scale or modify… ’cause it’s more fun hangin’ with the cool kids than doing my own thing in the corner.
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Never thought I was athletic though thinking back it was more of a confidence issue than anything else. I was an asthmatic kid so endurance activities were out but I did start working out during college which I enjoyed. I even worked at a small gym and became a Nautilus ‘trainer’ for a short while. Scary to think about how little I had to know (or actually knew) about fitness to be allowed to train people to use Nautilus equipment, yikes!
Otherwise I’ve played racquetball, water & snow skied & otherwise have tried to stay active but nothing very intense until I tried Krav Maga in 2006. Wow, that was eye opening in terms of intensity but I was getting really tired of getting punched in the chest so I took a break for a while. That’s when a buddy of mine told me about this thing called Crossfit.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? When a friend recommended I check out Crossfit at a place called Petranek Fitness I decided to give it a shot. I went in for an intro session with Andy and was fairly embarrassed to not be able to do a single pullup among other humbling revelations that day. Though I am proud to say, I did not puke!
My first WOD, according to the shaky, sweat stained notes in my journal, was 3 rounds for time of an 800m run, 30 wall balls & 50 bicycles. I only got through about half of that but of course this was after our ‘warmup’ of running, push presses & windmills… Afterwards I remember sitting in my car for 30 minutes or so trying to figure out just how I was going to drive home in my broken state. Somehow I managed and have been coming back ever since.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Simply put: I feel better. Though I may not be as shredded or as thin as I’d like to be, I constantly remind myself that the real success is how I feel. This shows up on my blood test results, how barely winded I am after climbing a big set of stairs in a parking garage and how few times I need to go to the doctor.
Perhaps the most profound and unexpected benefit of Crossfit is it’s effect on my mental state. The incredible feeling after making it through a WOD carries me through the day and makes me feel I truly accomplished something no matter what else happens that day. I am also surprised about how much I miss and crave that feeling when I miss a workout or take a break as I recently did.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Crossfit and its incredible community have exposed me to so many other worlds such as nutrition, fish oil, gymnastics, running technique and other educational opportunities that I never had (or knew about) previously. I also never expected to have so many friends as a result of Crossfit. To commune with a group of incredible people that all ‘get it’ and have the same appreciation for the hard work, the same secret language & shared experiences is so rewarding.
Also to be in the same room doing the same workouts as some of the most fit people on the planet is inspiring and makes me feel like I’m part of that group (albeit way slower and with way less weight). To be considered an ‘athlete’ within the Crossfit community is an awesome and almost surreal feeling.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Participating in Fight Gone Bad on the Sony lot was amazing! Being able to check-in at the athletes table was pretty cool as was being on the floor working out while people in the grandstands were cheering us on…
I also love the humor & fun Crossfitter’s bring to the experience…. from Sam’s bunny suit, to the crazy dances, to the other random spontaneous moments that seek to crop up, it makes me look forward to the next class.
Any advice for people just getting started? Go slow, stick with it and eventually you will be really glad you did. Crossfit is an incredible workout but so much more. I started when I was 44 and have been coming pretty solid for 4 years. While I still have a long way to go, I have come so far it still amazes me. That I can occasionally take pride in finishing a WOD that a 22 year old newbie could not, is a pretty nice (ok, and perhaps a bit shallow) feeling.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I’ve been known to put on a magic show here and there, like building stuff in my garage and I’m not afraid to admit I like musical theater.