1. What brought you to CrossFit Renaissance?
A stagnant workout routine and Groupon. I was getting really bored with the everyday gym scene and looking for something a little more challenging. I stumbled upon a Groupon for 10 classes and figured I would give it a try and see what it was all about.
2. What was your first impression?
I couldn’t believe how out of shape I was. I had lost about 45 pounds from January 2014 to September 2014 by doing the everyday gym routine. You know the routine, 30 minutes working a muscle group by lifting weights and then 30 minutes with some type of cardio. I had my evaluation with Coach Ray and couldn’t finish it within the time given which was a real eye opener. My first impression with CFR was the excitement and energy in the room. I just couldn’t comprehend how everyone was in such a great mood after beating themselves up for 60 minutes.
3. Has that changed?
The excitement and energy are still in the room. The only difference is that I am a part of it now and understand the rush that you get after completing a WOD. It’s sort of like winning a battle with yourself by overcoming your mind and physical limitations that you think you have.
4. What are you currently working on?
Consistency. I have a real long work day and sometimes my CrossFit workout suffers because of it. I made a deal with myself to just show up even if I don’t think I have the energy to complete one sit-up. I am also trying to increase my running stamina by running a few mornings during the week before work.
5. What is the toughest part of CrossFit for you?
Running. I’m sure if you have been in a class with me and running was involved, you have heard me explain my feelings towards this repulsive exercise. I am hoping once I get better at it, that I will not hate it as much.
6. What is your favorite memory at CrossFit Renaissance?
There are two. First is Saturday November 29, 2014. I completed my first workout under the time cap. The WOD was F.Y.L., which I believe was a brainchild of Coach Ray. The cap was 30 minutes and I finished it in 28:56. The adrenaline rush was amazing, even though I couldn’t feel my legs for 3 days. Ray has a way of pulling more out of me than I thought possible and his screams of encouragement (wink wink) during the workout I think pushed me to where I needed to be.
The second one is when I deadlifted 300 pounds this year. I think I shocked myself more than anything and I’m excited to see how high I can go.
7. How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Since October 2014.
8. What kind of results have you seen, both physically and mentally?
I am definitely stronger than when I first started, but I am still battling the mental demons that seem to start chirping when I see the WOD and even when I start a WOD. (The ones that say you are too old for this and the ones that say you will never complete it) This is a battle between me and myself that I am winning more often now than when I first started CrossFit and I think it will be a battle I must be prepared for at every workout.
My big goal when I first started this sport was to somehow make and compete in the Masters Division at the CrossFit Games. Right now I am nowhere close to this goal and I don’t know if I will ever make it, but I do know that I am going to enjoy the hell out of the journey and improve myself every day along the way, with the help of the coaches and my fellow CFR weirdos. Dedication and consistency, along with a lot of hard work, and maybe one day I will make it to Carson!!