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December Spotlight – Q
How long have you been a member at CFD, and what made you want to get started?
I have been a member since January 2013. I felt malaise creeping into my workouts, and was ready for a change.
What did you do for fitness prior to CFD, and what do you like most about CrossFit?
I previously did cardio kickboxing for a year and half. Before that, I spent ages 22-26 getting fat and weak.
The thing I like most is the people. I have been a regular at different points in times over the past 6 years at the 6:30AM, 5:15AM, 1PM, and 4PM classes- and each class has a different set of characters that I look forward to seeing.
What is your PR food?
I have hit each my front squat, hang clean, and power snatch PR’s after eating a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch as a midnight snack the night before. It’s possible CTC is a banned substance in the Games.
What is your favorite gym music?
The “old gym” music where the singers sounded like a hot branding iron was being held to their balls while banging trash cans together. One vote right here to bring it back.
What type(s) of workouts are your favorite?
I like workouts that are long and heavy. I like rowing, cleans, double-unders, and muscle-ups. A workout I would drive through a blizzard so I wouldn’t miss would look like this:
1K Row buy-in
5-4-3-2-1 of power cleans at 225lbs and muscle-ups.
150 Double-Under by-out
I would still lose to Arthur by 5 minutes but it would be fun.
In regards to the strength component- I like all the Olympic lifts, tempo front/overhead squat work, single-leg isolation days.
What type(s) of workouts do you least like to see come up?
I don’t do well with workouts that are short and light. A workout I would still be trying to push through while everyone else is already putting away their equipment would be 28-21-15-9 of a combination of the any of the following: burpies, thrusters, pushups, dips, deadlifts, box jumps, wall balls.
I am also particularly bad at any grip-strength work like farmer carries. People are packed up and driving away from class while I am still standing in the street staring at my kettle bell and finding the will to pick it back up.
In regards to the strength component- I struggle with deadlifts, back squats, and strict press.
What are your goals going forward?
My goal for each class is to make sure I am healthy enough to show up the next day. In order to do that, I strive for good form. I find it fun to troubleshoot some of the aches and pains- with every ailment I try to learn something new.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out at CFD?
The hardest part is getting courage to even sign up for class and show up for that first foundation class. So the hardest part is over. Now just follow the CFD motto- Stay the Course!