CFLA Athlete Profile – Elliot Field
FRIDAY’S WORKOUT (CAP)
6 Alt Pistols
12 C2B Pull-ups
18 Wallball @ 10’ (20/14)
AND COMING MONDAY
A) 4 Rounds for Quality (RFQ) :30:30
Wall Balls (20/14)
B) Pistol Skill Practice (15 minutes)
C) 5 Rounds on the 3:00
5 Power Clean & Jerk
Hometown: Palm Springs, CA
Occupation: Attorney for cities and school districts
When did you first start CrossFitting?: April 2010
When did you first start training at CFLA?: April 2010
Favorite WOD: Mental Toughness workouts. I’m talking 20+ minutes with running, burpees, pull-ups, then more burpees. Go ahead and add toes-to-bar. I’m in.
Least Favorite WOD: Any workout where my barbell must travel higher than my collarbone.
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I grew up in a sibling-filled household, and my father preserved his sanity by frequently directing us to “TAKE IT OUTSIDE!” My neighborhood was filled with kids my age, and I spent my youth playing soccer, tennis, water polo, swimming, bike riding, and trekking recklessly through the Coachella Valley desert. During college I took up running because it’s free, and have run five marathons in three different states.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I read about CrossFit and found its subversive, warehousey nature appealing, but did not personally try it out until 2010. At that time, I was spending long workdays behind a desk, becoming misshapen. In the evenings, I indolently preacher-curled my way through my gym membership.
I “completed” the Baseline with Michael overseeing my efforts. I pulled over after leaving the gym because I was physically wrecked and in no condition to drive. As I sat in my car waiting for the hammering in my head to abate, I became very excited about the prospect of improving my fitness and committed myself to figuring this CrossFit thing out at CFLA.
My first class workout was an AMRAP of running, dips, and handstand pushups. There were three of us in class. One person I never saw again, which was frightening in its own right. The other person was a woman who must have been seven months pregnant. She smoked me in the workout. SMOKED ME. I thought to myself, “These people are out of their minds. I’m sticking around.”
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I hook grip my grocery bags. Also, I have more energy, the quality of my sleep has improved, and I pay much closer attention to the food I put in my body.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I feel much more relaxed facing new challenges, physical or otherwise. For my birthday in 2012, I joyfully completed the day-long 20-mile Cactus 2 Clouds hike, climbing over 10,000 feet in elevation – in the snow. Whether it’s an ocean swim, new recipe, public speaking, or a game of curling, I’m typically down.
I also could not have expected my gym membership would lead to me joining a community filled with such dear, kindhearted individuals. I spent the first two years at CFLA speaking to no one. Instead, I worked out and dubiously observed everyone around me until I accepted the fact: “These people are just, nice.”
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments:
There are many*
– Team CFLA making the Games in 2011! (pale blue shirts notwithstanding);
– Michael’s speech at the end of the first Whole Life Challenge;
– Danette and her daughter competing together in the Femme Royale;
– CFLA going to Trojan Crossfit for 14.5 and turning it into a home game;
– Any time Clayton does something contrarian;
– Watching Shirley compete. She has mastered the rare art of being calm and ferocious at the same time.
*The moments described above were stellar, yet none hold a candle to meeting Steph. Best discovery, ever.
Any advice for people just getting started? Fail. FAIL. FAIL. FAIL. Fail on double unders. Try toes-to-bar, and fail. Watch someone do a chest-to-bar pull-up, then try it yourself, and be unsuccessful. Ask for spotters, then need them. Bail out on lifts. Be safe and smart and ask questions, but go for it. You will be SHOCKED at the workload your mind will underwrite once it is shown the path it can walk down.
Also, get a journaling system together, like now (I’ll wait….) Now, after each workout, write down your times, weights, levels of assistance, and musings on how you feel. Organizing this information assisted me greatly in my progress at CFLA.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love words. I love to retreat into films and books. If you have an opinion about David Lynch, P.T. Anderson, or H.P. Lovecraft, please flag me down because you will find a ready audience. I enjoy watching NBA games on mute with music playing in the background. I am a big fan of wakeboarding, and more generally sitting in boats during the summertime. I have found a remarkable co-conspirator in Steph, and we enjoy seeking out new foods to try, new cities to visit, and new heights to reach.