CFLA Athlete Profile – Adam Gafni

Hometown:  Los Angeles
Age: 37
Occupation: Lawyer
When did you first start CrossFitting?:  Early 2011
When did you first start training at CFLA?: Early 2011
Favorite WOD: “Kelly”
Least Favorite WOD: Any WOD with toes to bar 

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I played school-league basketball all through junior high and high school. I was pretty “agro” about basketball and we went to the State Championships. I completely burnt out on basketball in college. I picked up swimming and some trail running late in college with intermittent weight lifting at gyms.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I found CrossFit in a rather old fashion way – driving by the gym numerous times and wondering what it was. I made an appointment and had the baseline work out. WOW! I remember about 3 minutes after the baseline sitting on a bench dizzy and considering the orange bucket. I knew I needed it after that. I don’t exactly remember my first WOD, but I do remember a very early one where I forgot my work out shoes. It was a WOD that involved running, HSPU, and at least 1 bar movement – each of these was intimidating and took me well out of my comfort zone. I was tempted to leave (mostly due to my shoes), but a simple “just do it barefoot” from another CFLAer and I was off and doing the WOD. It felt great to not just do the WOD but learn to go out of the comfort zone at 33 years old.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  The most important aspect for me has been increased energy and focus in life for work and family that results from concentrated and consistent intense work outs at CrossFit. CrossFit has helped me work on areas of athletics that I just would never touch if I was exercising on my own – like mobility. Particularly after the first Whole Life Challenge (dropping about 15 pounds), I just feel better overall.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I did not expect to “join an gym” and end up feeling somehow more capable or confident to meet life’s challenges. Whether it be learning to rope climb, or just completing a “mental toughness” or chipper WOD, doing something that is very difficult or that you did not think you can do brings transfers to other athletics and life. There is a way.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: I recently completed the training with the CFLA TRI TEAM where we did the Playa Del Rey Triathlon. This CFLA training was so complimentary to trying out essentially a completely new sport. The race went very well for everyone, but I think one of my favorite moments was in training when I did my first buoy swim with 12 other CFLA members.  Although some were more experienced and some were not, we stuck together. I came out onto the beach heart pounding out of my chest from running up from the surf and having conquered another fear with CFLA. Then in true CFLA fashion — we did it again – this time faster.

Any advice for people just getting started? Have a long-term perspective in that there will be WODs that are easy for some and hard for others, but if you stick with it, you WILL improve and look back on what was once seemingly impossible with a smile.  Watching other more experienced Crossfitters or asking them questions is a great way to work on your technique. Push yourself to your limits – you have to “hike your own hike.”

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I have a 3 and half year old son who I love playing with and reading stories to.  I enjoy hiking with my family and our dogs in the Santa Monica Mountains. We also like travelling – mostly to forests and where it rains.


Friday’s Workout
Mental Toughness

“Med Ball Mania”

5 Rounds for time
20 Wallballs (20/14)
20 MB Russian twists
10 MB sit-to-stands (no anchor)
200m MB run
**MUST hold and control MB for the entire 5 rounds of the workout. 5 inverted burpee penalty anytime ball leaves hands except during WB (yes this includes loss of control on the WB as well)**
**20min cap**
**See 8/20/13**

And Coming Monday

A) AMRAP 25 for quality at 8 RPE
400m Run
400m Row
100m Sandbag front carry

B) 3 Rounds for quality and speed of “Ferruggia’s Timed Complex”
6 Deadlifts
6 Hang power cleans
6 Front squats
6 Hang power snatches
6 Overhead squats
6 Presses
6 Bentover rows
6 Romanian deadlifts
**Hold onto bar through entire round**
**3min Rest between rounds**

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