June Member of the Month: Russell Shaw

Member of the Month Badge | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

Name: Russell Shaw

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida

Age: 34

Hobbies / Interest outside of CrossFit: I really enjoy just being outdoors. Fishing, camping, hiking, amusement parks, water parks, traveling and exploring somewhere new, etc….

How long have you been at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: Five Months

Favorite WOD or movement: Pretty much anything involving lifting when it says AS HEAVY AS POSSIBLE on the board. Personal favorite is power cleans.

Tell us about your fitness journey: Back in the day…… I wrestled/played football in high school and some of college and was always active. I worked jobs that contributed to keeping me fit. I was very lean in my early 20’s. Fast forward to my 30’s and I’d transformed into a guy with dad bod (maybe even worse that dad bod) who couldn’t even do a pullup. I sit most of the day at work and never do anything physically difficult during my workdays. I’ve always “worked out” and spent time in the big commercial gyms. I’d show up, wonder around aimlessly without much direction. Spent a lot of time doing bench presses and curls. I’d lose motivation and often skip months at a time.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CrossFit Thoroughbreds: It’s changed significantly! In 5 months I’ve gone from feeling like I was ridiculously out of shape, to feeling like I’m stronger and more fit than I’ve been in years. I still have a lot of work to do, but the workouts push and challenge me every single day. The people I work out with motivate me to keep going. The 5am class is small but the guys there keep me wanting to come back for more. The trainer, Sue, is super patient, helpful, and very motivational. Rob is a beast who comes at every workout with such intensity that forces me to try to keep up. I know what I want to aspire towards and it’s very helpful to have others who I can share the difficulty and accomplishment of pushing through a hard workout with.

Favorite memory at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: I’m going to share 2 – I participated in our team Crossfit Thoroughbreds in-house competition after only a month or so into doing crossfit. It was very inspirational and fun to compete with others from our box and see how fit everyone is and how we all came together as a group to participate and motivate each other.

My favorite memory in our morning WODs was the rope climb I completed the other morning. It’s been a long hard journey so far in the past 5 months. When I started I could hardly even do the laying on the ground rope pulls to standing. Last week, I fought and fought with the rope climbs and Sue gave me direction and coached me until I climbed that rope all the way to the top! Small things like this, or like being able to complete a mile run without stopping after completely exhausting myself in the gym beforehand, this is super inspirational for me and just leaves me excited for what is to come as I continue my Crossfit Journey.