Where are you from? Originally, I am from Sarasota but I moved to St. Pete in 2006 for school. I really enjoy living here and I don’t see leaving anytime soon.
What is your profession? I am a corporate pilot for various organizations in the Tampa Bay area. Primarily, I fly for Aveda Institutes where they teach how to style, cut, color and anything else one would do with hair. They also sell Aveda shampoo, conditioner and other various beauty products.
How long have you been a member at CrossFit 727 and what were you doing prior? Around 4 years…I think. This question has kept coming up and I should really find the exact answer. February of 2014 seems familiar. Prior to CF727 was the Anytime Fitness. I had a year membership and probably went two, maybe three times per month. No motivation or achievements, I would just do the same old routine: back day, leg day, chest day, arm day, repeat.
What motivated you to start? Frustration, Boredom and a youtube video of the CF Games on a Saturday morning about to do arm day.
Complete the sentence: I knew I was a CrossFitter when… I was excited to come back the very next day after having to use the elevator from the 150 wallballs I just did.
Favorite WOD (if any)? Annie (this is for you George)
Favorite Olympic lift (if any)? Snatch- there is so much technical stuff going on and when I first did the movement even the bar was too much weight.
Least favorite movements and why? Thrusters- If one can imagine using an old fashioned bellow (google it)….well that contraption is like my lungs when I do thrusters. Especially someone as tall and lanky as I am.
What has been your biggest accomplishments? Not doing thrusters for at least 2 weeks….jk. Right now in the CF world I would say the bar muscle up. I never thought that would happen and it makes me want to do more. Its those little personal milestones that I really enjoy.
Goal(s) for the next few months? Ring Muscle Ups are my next goal. I also hope to do well on Murph.
What helps you get through tough WODs? Mostly the people around me that are there for the same common goal. We all know it’s going to be hard but we all are willing to give it a try. Preworkout mix helps too!
Any advice for newbies? The anxiety and nervousness a newbie feels is certainly expected and understandable. Try not to get discouraged because this is tough and those feelings are only temporary after attending the first few classes. Give it a chance (I would say a month or more to really see what it has to offer) and you may find a new passion, hobby or at the very least meet some really nice people.
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit? Anything outdoors, boating to the sandbar and biking are my two favorites
What is one fun fact about you? I was a marching band geek in high school and I the first instrument I played was the marching tamborine….seriously.