Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Golf and fishing, though I haven’t taken much time for either lately.
How long have you been at CFTB: 18 months
Favorite WOD or movements: I don’t necessarily have any favorites. If I had to point to something, I would say high cardio, endurance type WOD’s that include rounds of running would be my favorite.
Tell us about your fitness journey: My fitness journey is spotty at best. Over the years I would start something, basically get bored and quit. Or I would get frustrated because I really didn’t know what to do on my own. CrossFit makes it easy, show up and do what you are told to do. It works really well for me.
How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? When I began CrossFit I had tendonitis in my elbows. I would wear compression sleeves on my elbows. I also sprained a knee (stupid accident) only a few months after beginning CrossFit which left me with a nasty case of arthritis in my knee as a result. But I continued to train as hard as I could. My tendonitis is absolutely a thing of the past. It had bothered me for at least ten years. As far as the arthritis in my knees is concerned, I have kept training and have become so much stronger and flexible in my lower half that the arthritis is virtually a thing of the past. The only time I am bothered by is with exceptionally high rep workouts, otherwise no problems. Short answer, my fitness has changed immeasurably.
Favorite memory at CFTB: Running a sub-7 minute mile (6:49 to be exact) in March of this year. It had been nearly 30 years since I could do that
Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: I am a firm believer in Crossfit. I truly believe anyone can do it. Don’t worry about what others around you are doing. There are some incredibly fit young people in here who most of us cannot keep up with. Do what you can do, listen to your own body and mind, show up as often as you can, listen to the coaches(they sincerely care and are very knowledgeable), work hard and you will see results.