This month’s member of the month is someone who has inspired us all with his quiet dedication. From #manbunmonday through #thighdayfriday you can always count on Taylor to show up and put in hard work. His effort has not only led to some very impressive improvements in his fitness, but has also made Taylor an indispensable part of the 4PM class and the Thoroughbreds Family as a whole. He’s always supportive of his fellow Thoroughbreds and has volunteered his time to help with CrossFit events both inside and outside of our box. If you haven’t had the chance to get to know Taylor yet, take this month as your opportunity to do so – you’ll be glad you did!
Hometown? Petersburg, Michigan
Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?
I enjoy reading, writing, and tennis. Does eating Chipotle count as a hobby?
How long have you been at CFTB?
I have been at CFTB for a little over a year.
Favorite WOD or movements?
I like running and double-unders! I would say my favorite WOD is Murph… not because I’m a glutton for punishment, but because I worked really hard this year to be able to do it with a weight vest and now I can’t do a single pull-up or push-up anymore without it seeming “easy” in comparison.
Tell us about your fitness journey?
I started out last year with the goal to eat healthier and become more active. I started running two to three a week in January and then gradually increased to running four to five times a week. Then some friends of mine told me about CFTB and how I would like it there and should give it a try. The first few weeks felt brutal, and I thought I was going to die, but then somehow I didn’t die and I could feel myself getting stronger and now I couldn’t imagine myself NOT doing Crossfit.
How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?
A lot of the changes have been physical, but the most significant changes I feel have been mental. Before Crossfit, I had never set foot inside a gym. I started out very timid around heavy weights, and I just couldn’t seem to push through my fatigue very well. I gave up on myself a lot. Now I am mindful about my attitude and strive to push myself just a liiiiittle more each day.
Favorite memory at CFTB?
My favorite memory happened maybe three to four months after I joined CFTB. We were doing a WOD with a 45 minute cap, and there was a lot of rowing, biking, and running involved at the end. I thought for sure there was no way I could do the rowing unbroken. I was too tired. But I pushed myself and talked myself through it, and then all of a sudden I was done rowing and I hadn’t stopped! I was super excited because I had never rowed that far without stopping before. Then it was onto the biking. My legs felt wobbly, but I jumped on and set a steady pace. Partway through, my mind started telling me that I had done so well on the rowing that surely I deserved a little break on the bike. But I ignored that voice of defeat and talked myself through it just like I did with the rowing, and then all of a sudden the biking was done and again I hadn’t stopped! Now it was time for the running and my legs were dead weights, but if I didn’t rest for the rowing and the biking, I certainly wasn’t going to rest for the running. I powered through it and finished the WOD with time to spare, and I always remember that day as the first time I achieved what my mind told me was impossible.
Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?
I think a lot of people are intimidated by what they’ve heard about CrossFit. I know I certainly was. I wasn’t strong, I wasn’t very fit, I had never even been to a gym before. Only the crazy strong people (or just the crazy people!) went to CrossFit. I was going to be out of my league there. But my friends were insistent that I would like the environment and the coaches, and they assured me that the only person I should be competing against was myself. In the end, I listened to them and came to CFTB… and I fell in love. Not right away, of course. It was hard work, and there were times that I wanted to give up and stay home. But I always found myself back at CFTB the next day ready for more. You get out of it what you put into it. The coaches here are great and genuinely care about you, and it’s that sense of community that keeps me coming back. Well… that and the results!