TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?
Outside of work and the gym, I like to travel with my partner Mark, going out to eat with friends, reading, watching movies, listening to podcasts and spending time with my nephews and nieces.
WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?
I was looking to change up my regular routine for something that would push me outside of my comfort zone and hold me more accountable. A good friend of mine had joined Hardware and he really liked the programming and suggested that I try it out. I took my first class and it kicked my ass but I knew right away that this is what I was looking for. Watching everyone lift huge amount of weights and perform these crazy gymnastic movements was highly intimidating but it was also super motivating.
I credit the community that Hardware has created for what keeps me coming back; everyone is so supportive of each other’s journey and the coaching team is really focused on everyone’s progression and development.
On a more personal level, I really appreciate George, Adrian and team’s commitment to social justice and their efforts in giving back to the local community.
WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
Thanks to coaching team of Mitch and Alia, I feel like I’ve made some solid improvements on my form. OLY has become my favorite class and I’m hoping to throw myself back into it once classes resume.
WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?
Lots of small victories along the way – getting my first bar muscle-up, being able to do handstand push-ups, doing workouts Rx that I previously scaled – there’s still a lot that I want to work and improve on, but I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made so far on my overall strength as an athlete.
Clean & Jerk
LEAST FAVORITE WOD/MOVEMENT?
Toss-up between Thrusters and Wall Balls
ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?
It may seem pretty intimidating walking through the door for the first time, but the Hardware community is incredibly supportive. Everyone will be cheering you on as you cross every milestone. Attend classes, really focus on your own journey and goals (don’t compare your progress to other athletes) and have fun!