Athlete Profile:  Will P.

Tuesday’s Workout (CAP)
5 Rounds for time of:
200m Run
10 Power Cleans (155/105)
10 Pistols

…and coming Wednesday (NO CAP)
4 Rounds for time of:
100m Farmers Carry (50% BW)
15 Burpee box jumps (20)
10 Strict Toes to Bar537701_3502122825823_1054260099_32812126_1983633560_n


Hometown: LaJolla, CA
Age: 28
Occupation: Director of Player Development at UCLA Football
When did you first start CrossFitting?: Sometime in 2009
When did you first start training at CFLA?: January, 2012
Favorite WOD: The Volkswagen (CF Football)
Least Favorite WOD: Anything w/ HSPUs, pistols or muscle-ups

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Sports have always been apart of my life. Since I was around 6 years old, I always played soccer, baseball, basketball at the local YMCAs. In high school I was in love with football and basketball, playing year round and for traveling teams. I went to UCLA to play Football (as a Tight End) from 2002-2006. After my football career was over I started training athletes for Play Fast Athletics down in San Diego. We trained junior high, high school, collegiate and professional athletes from all sports so I was well accustomed to strength and conditioning. I also had a period of time after college when I was attempting to play professionally so I trained with some awesome coaches who really helped me not only perform better functionally, but also educated me in a ton of things that I took away with me.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My good friend Sean P. got me hooked when I was still living in San Diego. He runs CF at Victory MMA in Point Loma and at CF La Jolla. We would do wods in the La Jolla box and I loved it! I was missing the intensity and competitive atmosphere from being a D1 athlete and 24 Hour Fitness just was NOT cutting it any longer. I believe the first wod I ever did was Fight Gone Bad. It was brutal but I loved it! I’ve been doing it ever since, mainly on my own.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I’ve lost a good amount of body weight and fat percentage since my football playing days of being around 290lbs. I sleep better, feel better, can move better.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Being able to feel pain/tightness in my body and knowing how to alleviate the tension and pain. Also, how eating paleo really does make you feel better. It’s not a gimic!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Having my picture posted on and trying to do rope climbs after watching Zach and Stanwyck fly up the rope…it wasn’t pretty.

Any advice for people just getting started? Learn the techniques early, don’t be ignorant! Oh and don’t cheat reps!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Church. My wife! UCLA Football. Concerts and shows – Michael Jackson’s Immortal Tour by Cirque Du Soleil was awesome! Trying to eat paleo as much as possible!

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