CrossFit Hampton Roads August Athlete of the Month

How did you start CrossFit?

Well I was at a doctor’s appointment and he sat me down and told me that I was obese and needed to lose weight.  I had high blood pressure, borderline high cholesterol and was going to die that very next day….or something like that.
I may have ate breakfast when I was supposed to have fasted and also had my usual three cups of coffee (half coffee/half creamer) that morning, but we won’t analyze into that too much.
So the fear of God made me come to CrossFit…yes the wrath of God made me start CrossFit.

What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?

The very few times that I am able to catch my breath are amazing.

What have you learned since joining CFHR?

Strict pull ups are the bane of my existence.

What’s your proudest Crossfit moment?

The day I realized that Lindsay didn’t expect me to modify my reps.  It was the best and worst realization. 

What goals are you currently working towards?

I am currently planning my wedding to my partner Brad of 15 years….a very short time frame I assure you.  We are planning to have it in April next year in Fayetteville, NC.

What is your favorite lift, movement or workout?

Right now that would have to be deadlifts.  All the other lifts mess up my shins.

When you’re not crossfitting, what do you like to do?

I like playing with my dogs, sketching and watercolor painting, trying to teach myself to play the piano (again), watching the newest Marvel anything and game night with friends.

What impact has CrossFit had on you outside the gym?

I eat healthier thanks to the advice and coaching I receive from Lindsay.  I hurt all the time…but from working out, not like how it was before because I am old.  I am also able to carry all my groceries into the house with out having to make a second trip.  I can pick up both dogs not just the little one (who happens to feel like she weighs about a hundred pounds).  I don’t have to rotate out my clothes anymore every two to three months cause I can’t fit them anymore.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer to a new athlete?

Be mindful of your body, know your limits and grow from there. It’s okay to make small permanent gains, rather than large unsustainable ones. Robbie McCoy is an alien, so of course he is lifting a thousand pounds over his head.

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