Faith, family, my girlfriend (Jasmine), and work keep me busy. I’m very involved in my church, family means the world to me, and work…well, it’s work. I love what I do and the workplace flexibility I have allows me to get into the gym when I want! I enjoy exploring all that Chicago has to offer, especially the restaurants! Oh, and I’m always keeping up with what my favorite Chicago teams are doing – the Bears, the White Sox, and the Blackhawks. Can’t wait for Bears season!
I was looking for something different than the usual and after a friend suggested checking into CrossFit I reached out to a couple of CrossFit boxes in the neighborhood. To this day the other box never called me back (we’ll leave that other place unnamed). Needless to say, George got back to me within a day. Things work out for a reason and Hardware CrossFit has been a blast! I had my initial meeting with George, ran through a workout (he’ll tell you about that first workout – it wasn’t pretty) and I was hooked. It started off with a 3 day a week membership, and before you know it I was ready for unlimited status! Now, a few years later, I look forward to gym time…and the WODs!
I keep coming back because of the atmosphere that George, and the coaches, have created at Hardware. It’s different, and you have to experience it in person. There’s a great group of athletes at every class and it’s always fun! ALWAYS!
I think goals evolve. My main goal, in everything including CrossFit is to continue to improve. Whether it’s strength, endurance, gymnastics, or a combination of them. As long as I’m improving, learning, growing, and having fun I reach my goals on a daily basis.
Specifically within CrossFit it’s probably handstand push-ups and muscle ups. When I first started a few years ago I never thought I’d get to the point of being able to do handstand push-ups and muscle ups in a short amount of time. Goes to show you, Hardware programming (and a little side work) goes a long way!
My favorite WOD would probably be Grace. Just go all out and have a good time!
I would say running, but now it’s more of a challenge and something I’m working on.
Give it a shot. An honest shot. Understand that it doesn’t come easy and you’ll have to work at it. Check your ego at the door, work the technique, take cues from the coaches, and ALWAYS have a good attitude. Before you know, it’ll be money time! And if you know what’s good for you, start at Hardware!