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April Athlete of the Month – Justin Cardwell

April Athlete of the Month – Justin Cardwell

  1. What brought you to CrossFit? At the time I was living next door to Kevin and Leslie Bunn, I think one day while introducing myself they offered to let me workout with them. Anyone that knows well knows that I’ll always try anything new, especially if it keeps me active. Eventually we started doing workouts in their garage on a regular basis and I felt confident enough to try LT. Hind sight is 20/20 because while I thought I was ‘working up’ to being able to actually try CrossFit, the workouts we were doing were pretty gnarly and just has hard as a regular WOD! I’d tell anyone interested in trying CrossFit not to be intimidated, we’ve all had that rough first day and it’s easier just to bite the bullet and give it a shot.
  2. What was your first impression? What is anyone’s REAL first impression? This stuff is HARD but having gone to Orange Theory Fitness for a year beforehand, I knew I needed to make a change to lift heavier and make a run at completing as the World’s Strongest Man. Brian Shaw will never admit this, but I intimidate him.
  3. How has that changed? The workouts don’t get any easier but the longer you’re a member at LT, the more you get to know the community and that certainly makes it more worthwhile. We’re all in it together and this gym supports that especially well with things like Hero Sundays and the IM Open.
  4. What was your first “Bright Spot”? My ‘bright spot’ actually happened outside the gym while playing softball. It wasn’t long after starting CrossFit that I noticed I was hitting the ball harder than I ever had before. After a while, when I least expected it, I hit a Home Run that cleared the fence by at least 20 feet. I was so proud of that and to me, it really gave new meaning to ‘functional fitness’. I was seeing my hard-work in the gym payoff outside the four walls of the box. Now, I’m basically Mark McGwire (without the steroids)
  5. What are you working on now? There’s a never ending list of things I’m working on like double unders and the ever elusive muscle-up. Recently though, I’ve tried to focus on my Oly form which seems to help during longer WODS. My coach, Gary Jander, keeps me honest during workouts and despite the misconception that CrossFitters are prone to injury, I’ve never felt pushed ‘too far’ in one of his classes. So, I guess I’d really say more than anything I’m continuing to focus on form and technique.
  6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?My favorite CrossFit LT memories are definitely some of the shenanigans associated with Friday Night Lights and the IM Open. The workouts are gut-wrenching but the comradery and teamwork during competition is awesome. I’ve made some great friends though the gym, especially during Open Season.

March Athlete of the Month – Jaden Bailey

March Athlete of the Month – Jaden Bailey

  1. What brought you to CrossFit?  I played soccer at U of A (Bear Down) and was trying to find a way to stay in shape during summer break. I came across CrossFit and immediately fell in love! Once I graduated two years ago I knew I needed something to keep me active. I started training for a marathon and 6 miles into the third day I thought “this isn’t fun” and ran straight into a CrossFit gym!
  2. What was your first impression?  These people are intense… There are so many elements to CrossFit, and I quickly realized it can be as challenging as we want it to be. I didn’t put the bar above my head for the whole first year!
  3. How has that changed? I have since been able to put the bar above my head and have done GPP workouts with snatches, jerks and thrusters in them. I even know what those terms mean now! It’s fun to see personal growth here. I love how there is always something to work on and improve on.
  4. What was your first “Bright Spot”? I think my first “Bright Spot” was getting my first muscle up. I had the whole gym cheering me on and it was such a great feeling to have all that support!
  5. What are you working on now? I am currently working on stringing together chest-to-bar butterfly pullups. Watching other athletes who have them, I think it would make workouts so much more efficient. I also have a goal this year to squat 200 lbs. I have already seen so much improvement in my strength through this programming! It’s helpful we have SugarWOD to track our progress. 
  6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?  My favorite memory was doing the Murph workout. This is the same reason why Sundays are my favorite day to come to the gym. We do a Hero workout and have a “why” behind pushing a little harder. I’m grateful for those who have served our country.

I love being a member of this gym!! It really is a family here. It not only makes me a better athlete but a better person as well. Everyone is so fun and encouraging to be around. So really every day at CFLT is my favorite because it’s one of the best parts of my day!

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