CFLA Athlete Profile
2 rounds for time of:
20 front squats (135/95)
25 hang power cleans
10 squat cleansI recently was perusing affiliate web sites, and came across Potomac CrossFit’s site. One of the posts on their blog was an individual athlete’s profile… I thought it was really cool… so cool, in fact, that I contacted Brian, PCF’s owner, and asked him how he did it. Thanks to his help, we now have a system for our CFLA Athlete Profiles.
We’ll start with one per week… starting today with Don… he was the first to submit his response after the Newsletter went out. Enjoy!
ATHLETE PROFILE: Don R.
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
When did you first start training at CFLA?: July, 2009
Least Favorite WOD: Diane, or anything w/ HSPU
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: All-American water polo goalie at USC from 02-05, winning 2 National Championships (03 & 05). Played rugby in high school as well. First exposed to crossfit when seeking a lifestyle change and contemplating a career in the military and FBI.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? my first wod was a variation of Murph down at the beach. had to do knee push ups and jumping pull ups for most of the reps. felt like hell, but ive found that the better shape i’m in, the harder the wod b/c i’m able to push myself harder.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? lost about 15 lbs and am much stronger overall than when i was a division 1 college athlete. diet is much more dialed in. complete lifestyle change.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? all my strength benchmarks! never thought something like crossfit would be such a big part of my life, especially after “retiring” from sports.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: too many favorites. hooverball and spending time with the cfla crew outside of the gym are probably the most memorable.
Any advice for people just getting started? come in with an open mind and mentally prepared. it’s gonna suck, it’s not going to get easier, but it’s going to get more gratifying the more involved you get. it’s all about the community.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? reading, the beach, my fiance!