Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
When did you first start CrossFitting?: November 2012
When did you first start training at CFLA?: November 2012
Favorite WOD: 1RM Bench Press
Least Favorite WOD: 16 x 100m Franklin Hill sprints
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I played sports as a kid, but generally I was pretty lazy until I started martial arts at age 13. It completely changed my life. Not only physically, but in other parts of my life as well. My grades in school skyrocketed, I had a much better relationship with my family and I was much happier. I eventually earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. After high school I mostly just moved from different workout to workout, including various gyms, boot camps and yoga studios. I always tried to stay active. I love hiking, when I can find a hiking buddy.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I tried a lot of different workouts, but none of them really made a difference, nor did they give me the results I was looking for. I’m a big believer in not reinventing the wheel. I’ll just do what all those really in shape people are doing, which was CrossFit. Once I moved closer to CFLA, I made the leap and joined.
I don’t remember my first workout, but it was towards the end of 2012. I do remember though, that for the first three months, I felt like puking after every class. Eventually that feeling went away. Until Franklin Hill sprints, then that feeling comes right back to remind me of the good ol’ days.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I’ve definitely progressed so much, but I still have a long way to go. For instance, when I started, I had to do pull-ups with the large band while everyone did regular pull-ups. Then, after about a year and a half I could regularly do pull-ups without a band. But by then, everyone moved on to chest to bar pullups! When I finally got chest to bar pull-ups, everyone else was doing bar muscle-ups. If I finally get those, who knows what we will be working on next…
In general, I feel really great though. I have been lucky to not get injured and have been very happy with how I feel. Looking to just keep improving.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? The big unexpected change I’ve noticed must have come from all the back squats we’ve been doing. Between my wife and Woogene, I probably get slapped on the butt at least 3 times a day. That’s 3 more than before CrossFit.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Last year we did 14.5 at Trojan CrossFit, and I was the last competitor in the last heat to finish. The workout DESTROYED me, but I had my 7am crew coaching (or, yelling at) me through the end of the workout. I couldn’t have done it without them and the 80 other people pushing me through.
My funniest CFLA moment was last Halloween, when completely unscripted, Alyssa and I dressed up as each other. I had a ponytail and wore neon, had a back pack and put on black tights under my shorts. I run into the gym thinking “I got her good! Wait, why is Alyssa wearing glasses and wearing white socks hiked up?” It was pretty hysterical.
Any advice for people just getting started? Show up. A lot. I started coming twice a week, then 3 days, then 4 days. Now, if I came any more, Andy would probably have to start charging me rent on top of my membership. It takes a lot of time to make big changes, so you have to be patient and keep at it. Especially showing up on days that you don’t really like the workout.
I make CrossFit part of my regular schedule. I wake up, put on pants, check pants for giant holes in the crotch (I learned that one after a couple bad experiences), and head over to CFLA. It’s easy to come regularly if you don’t have to think about it.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?I have a whacky family made up of a very loving wife, an adorable 10 month old baby, an almost blind and diabetic dog, a pig (yes, a pig) and couple chickens. They definitely keep me busy! Being an entrepreneur means rarely being able to turn that off. I also enjoy anything outdoors (unless it is cold) and traveling to places that aren’t cold, but really my main pastime outside of work and home is CrossFit.
4 Rounds for total time
60 Double unders
20 Alt. pistols
10 Bar muscleups
**2min Rest between rounds**
And Coming Monday
Spring Break Week!
For total time, no rest between rounds.
3 rounds of:
5 Jerks (135/95)
7 Pull Ups
9 Jumping Lunges
2 rounds of:
8 Front Squats (135/95)
10 Power Cleans
1 round of:
50 Double Unders
50 Med Ball Sit Ups (20/14