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August Athlete Spotlight: Tyler Cuchna
How long have you been a member at CFD, and what made you want to get started?
Well, my CrossFit journey began post-graduation in summer of 2013. I was a recent graduate at University of Dubuque, and I was looking for a new challenge. I was pretty active already as I played soccer for the university. For a short period after my last soccer season ended (tear), you would find me casually walking around aimlessly in a gym. It just didn’t cut it for me. Curls, bench press, and a poor squat didn’t drive me. Coach Maddie actually referred me to CrossFit Dubuque. She was already involved, and she loved it. So I finally gave in her peer pressure (she often nagged at me ).
What changes have you seen in yourself since your very first day?
My name apparently… to T-Dog (shout out to Coach Aaron).
My overhead squat is the biggest improvement since day 1. For almost a year, I had to use plates underneath my heel – just the men’s bar was a challenge for me. My flexibility was nothing short of embarrassing. It was literally an awful balancing act until this year. Constant coaching cues from Coach Phil, Mike and the rest of the staff helped me finally understand how to efficiently overhead squat.
What did you do for fitness prior to CFD, and what do you like most about CrossFit?
I was actively involved with soccer all my life, so that was the majority of my fitness. CrossFit interested me by the metcon workouts. Like I mentioned before, strolling through a gym and casually lifting weights didn’t interest me anymore. Every metcon I’d be on my back, soaking up a lovely sweat angel. No better feeling
Also the community feel. Everyone at CFD is extremely friendly, whether it’s at the crack of dawn at the 515AM class or seeing a member out and about at Hyvee. If you are consistently going to the same class, more than likely it will be the same group of members (shout out to the 630AM peeps!).
What type(s) of workouts are your favorite?
WOD involving running, T2B, thrusters, and more running.
What type(s) of workouts do you least like to see come up?
Fran. Because the ever-so-wonderful “Fran Breath”. Just kill me.
What are you goals going forward?
Efficient butterfly pull ups. Because I sure as heck don’t look or feel like a butterfly on the bar.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out at CFD?
Don’t give up! The first few months are the hardest. Keep asking questions on movements, and make sure you are taking care of your body. You won’t achieve your goals if you are eating like garbage and not stretching! CFD has certified knowledgeable staff – take advantage of that!