Brief personal history and journey towards beginning your CrossFit journey:
I started my CrossFit journey a little over a year ago when a friend of mine started his own CrossFit box in my hometown. I had heard of it before but I always gave people I knew a hard time for doing it. I had the classic meathead mindset but I actually decided to try it out after years of giving it crap. I did my first CrossFit WOD(workout of the day) and instantly got hooked. I drank the kool-aid in mid-August of 2015 and started to fully immerse myself into the world of CrossFit. I just got my CrossFit Level 1 certification this summer and I also celebrated my 1-year anniversary this past August.
What brought you to CrossFit Oshkosh?
I was entering into my Senior year at UW-Oshkosh (now a super senior) and I had only been a month into CrossFit so I was looking for a way to continue with it. I came across CFO through a friend, Justin Wallace (a fellow member of CFO) and Googling skills. I emailed Austin & Ben with some hesitation because it looked intimidating but they responded with a very welcoming email and I decided to check out the box.
Your first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh?
At first I was overwhelmed with all the terms and movements I had to learn but the atmosphere and knowledge of the coaches were amazing. I bonded with the 5pm class and made some good friends who kept me coming to that class. I remember once when Justin came back to the box to coach, just a year before I was joking around about how he does CrossFit, after that day’s WOD he asked “Do you still think its easy?” as I was dripping in sweat, exhausted from the workout.
What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?
I think learning the techniques of certain Olympic lifts but the coaching staff really helped me get that down. I was constantly getting helpful feedback on how to correctly and safely do the lifts. Which surprised me because of some of the stereotypes of CrossFit.
What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?
The community by far is my favorite part about CrossFit. It keeps me coming back and motivates me on days that I don’t feel the best. There is a reason why CrossFitters talk about it so much, whether that be in person or on social media, it is because the workouts drive results and the community helps you get there. You become a family with the people you go through the WODs with and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
What are your current goals in CrossFit?
I am working on getting down muscle ups, double unders and perfecting that ever challenging handstand walk. And of course I want to get more PRs and get better at every WOD.
What is something we don’t know about you?
I am obsessed with Batman, which is why you will sometimes see me sporting a Batman shirt at some of the WODs, and I am addicted to coffee.