1. What brought you to CrossFit?
We started doing Crossfit at the fire station about ten years ago. We found the high intensity and functional movements were perfect training for fighting fires. We eventually got rid of the leg extension and peck deck machines, and replaced them with pull up bars, kettle bells, and bumper plates. I had the opportunity to attend a Crossfit level 1 instructor class in ’08 and have been crossfiting ever since.
2. What was your first impression?
This is no joke! These workouts were HARD. Was fun to follow the main site, post scores, and compare to other athletes across the world. I was always amazed at how fast and strong these men and women were (I was nowhere near at their level). Was a bit challenging, though, going to a ‘globo gym’ and doing kipping pull ups or clean and jerks, you got a lot of strange looks…
3. How has that changed?
Well the workouts are still hard, but it is nice now to have actual Crossfit gyms to go to that are designed to do Crossfit workouts (no more strange looks).
4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?
My most recent bright spot was the day I decided ease up a bit (I am over the hill now, people). The injuries and soreness were becoming too much. I decided I didn’t have to RX a workout and get PRs to benefit anymore. It was hard at first, but I still get great workouts and the injuries and soreness have diminished.
5. What are you working on now?
Avoiding injury and maintaining strength and endurance.
6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?
Working out with friends and family.