1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
A little over 3 years ago my wife, Lesley, finally convinced me to run a race with her. After we finished our first half marathon, she said that she’d try something new with me so we started Crossfit together in Chattanooga, TN. We moved to Tulsa in August of 2015 and started at T-Town.
2. How did you hear about CrossFit T-Town?
When we were moving back to Tulsa and everyone we talked to told us we had to go to T-Town.
3. Have you noticed any changes – physical or mental – since starting CrossFit? If so, what are they?
Definitely. I’ve experienced many changes both mentally and physically. Of all the changes, the biggest is the strength and mobility gained that have helped me manage old injuries.
4. What is your favorite CrossFit exercise?
It’s not surprising but I enjoy the gymnastics based exercises…especially handstand pushups. Outside of the gymnastics, I really enjoy the olympic lifts. Having never done them before Crossfit, it has been exciting to learn something new and see the progress.
5. What is your least favorite CrossFit exercise?
Without a doubt thrusters. Just thinking about them now brings fear. Rowing has always been second but it has quickly been surpassed by the Assault Bike.
6. What goals do you have for yourself as a CrossFitter?
Continue to push myself and improve physically and mentally. Some say that I’m a bit of a “hobby enthusiast” and I want to continue to participate in them throughout life. Now that we have two young children this has become even more important and I feel that Crossfit will help me get there.
7. What are some ways that you think sets CrossFit apart from other forms of fitness?
The variety of exercises that are programmed and that they are unknown before the workout. I spent years post college athletics trying to find an exercise regimen that I enjoyed and motivated me with little success. Crossfit and its variety of exercises has been exactly what I was looking for. This type of programming exposes your weaknesses and makes you want to work to improve them. This is where the real mental and physical changes really start to occur in my opinion. It also creates a personal motivation to attend class as frequently as possible so that you can work on these weaknesses to improve.
8. What is something that no one knows about you?
I get really nervous before every workout. Butterflies in my stomach and all. I’m not sure why, but I’m nervous that I won’t do as well as I think I should or others think I should. I realize this is ridiculous because no one is there to judge my workout but rather just survive their own. Still happens everyday though. Also, some may not know that I was fortunate enough to compete for the University of Oklahoma on the Men’s Gymnastics team from 2000-2003. While there, we had some great successes winning the NCAA Championship as a team in both 2002 and 2003. I was also the 2003 NCAA champion on Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse.
9. What is your most memorable moment in CrossFit?
I don’t know that I have a single moment that stands out. The most exciting moments to me are when I finish a workout I didn’t think I would or lift a weight heavier than I thought possible. It’s just as exciting seeing others in the gym doing the same.