Hometown: I grew up in Charleston, SC but I feel like an Angeleno now.
When did you first start CrossFitting?: 2006
When did you first start training at CFLA?: 2012
Favorite WOD: Fran (for reals)
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with double-unders (they’re silly and I can’t do them)
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Always active growing up. Soccer, swim team and Boy Scouts as a kid. And you could usually catch me outside playing baseball or football in the neighborhood between organized sports practice. I rowed Lightweight Crew in college.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I picked up a Maxim magazine lying around my ship while crossing the Atlantic coming back from one of my Navy deployments in November of 2006. It had an article with brief descriptions of 5 new workout “trends” making a splash. As soon as I read the one about CrossFit I thought, “I’m in. No doubt about it.” Once we got back I checked the main site WOD went to the local “affiliate” which was nothing more than an ab mat and squat rack in the attic of your typical local gym with weight machines and cardio machines and some free weights. There were about 5 of us who “did” CrossFit, but it was nothing more than doing it by yourself and throwing your score on a whiteboard with the 4-5 other guys. Luckily our strength and conditioning coach for Crew at the Naval Academy had introduced us to Olympic Lifts even adapting them to dumbbells
After another deployment I moved to the San Diego and it was like Shangri-La. Started at a small box that was mostly jiu-jitsu then outgrew and and went to a bigger one. That’s when I learned that finding the right community for myself was just as important as the facility or coaches. Crossfit LA is the place I found the perfect mixture.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? In the words of The Dude, “Ups, downs, strikes, gutters.” I mean I came to CrossFit in my 30’s. Started out doing it by myself, had to have knee surgery and then figure out where it fit in after that — and I have had to balance it with a crazy job. I have always been a generally physically healthy guy but the difference for me especially since joining CFLA is it has always been a home to come back to. Even when I am scared to step back in that box after an extended absence and I start making excuses for myself and Kenny Kane has to stop me, look me in the eye and say, “Just show up.” There’ a lot of power in those words because that usually gets my head on straight so I can show up mentally as well as physically. Anyway, the biggest difference is: amongst the craziness of life the biggest change for me is feeling part of a great community which makes this group always a joy to come back to. I didn’t always feel that way. I hope to find or create that in my next adventure.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Learning to listen to my body and follow what it is telling me. I am past the age I can just go all out every WOD, stretch for ten minutes and move on with my life because that sh*t will catch up with you. I have had to be more strategic and gentle between training so I can really attack it when it counts. That and what I mentioned above. CFLA especially is such an amazing community. I never expected to feel so connected to a group of people or even be a part of one with so many amazing people!
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Ricky and Lauren’s two-week long goodbye. Memorial Day Murph hungover. Just about every time I show up.
Any advice for people just getting started? Patience, Kimosabe. Before you say, “CrossFit isn’t for me” realize that at its core it is a strength conditioning program and everybody needs that sh*t, dawg! If you are honest with yourself and your coaches and have some patience, CrossFit ( or any other similar ) program will give you plenty of opportunity to learn about yourself if you listen to your body, use good form, and don’t over do it.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Surfing, SUPing, cooking, sailing, wine-tasting. Basically all the fun stuff.
10 Power cleans (165/115)
20 Pistols (Alternating)
10 Power cleans (165/115)
And Coming Monday
A) 20 Front squats (+2%)
B) AMRAP 10 for quality
10 Sandbag ground to shoulder
C) 3 Rounds for quality of “Bear Complex”
1 Power clean
1 Front squat
1 Push press
1 Back squat
1 Push press (from rear rack)
**Hold onto bar though all 7 circuits of each round**
**3min rest between rounds**