1. Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.
I moved to Kansas in 1996 to be a part of the Society group here in St. Marys. My family moved a lot so I wasn’t too excited about pulling up roots and starting over again. But fast forward some 23 years and this community has become my home. I am thankful to be here. I have been married to my wife Maria for 17 years and woke up one day out numbered with 9 kids. I am a home builder and own and operate Drippe’ Homes and Mission Properties. I have been self-employed most of my life and enjoy the challenges of creating an exceptional product and beating the competition! I keep busy with my business, family, faith, hunting, fishing, shooting and CrossFit.
2. When did you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?
I started CrossFit in August 2017. I started because I wanted to get in shape for a hunting trip. My wife has already been in CrossFit a while and I could see the positive effects. As time went by I started to get a better picture of what was involved but my mistake was thinking that I would join and that 2.5 months later I would be in top shape and ready for my hunt. As I have learned fitness takes much longer and requires a lot more patience than I realized. It is funny to see people join now who think they will be fit in 2-4 months and realize I was that person as well. I just didn’t know because I never had formal athletic training in my life. I continue to come because I enjoy being in shape and healthy. But more importantly to me I come because I love being a part of the CrossFit Benedictus community.
3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
Like many folks I don’t remember my first WOD. I was pretty overwhelmed after getting out of On Ramp and doing a real WOD. There was a lot scaling and much opportunity to learn patience and humility. The first WODs I remember were titled “A call to arms” and “Gratuity + 15%”. It was so fun to hold up bumpers and run down Bertrand with everyone staring and I am sure they were asking themselves what the heck.
4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
The reason I love CrossFit and keep coming back are for several reasons. Mainly the camaraderie. There are some really good folks in our gym, people with different skill levels, challenges and experiences. I have made many new and lasting friendships, I have suffered much and bonded and have become part of this group. When I first joined I wasn’t sure I belonged but I am now a big believer in the benefits and whole heartedly promote CrossFit to the people in my circles. I am also very competitive. I have a driving, burning desire to win. We all generally start at zero in whatever you pursue in life. I worked very hard to be at the top of my game in my business, you could say we have had some victories. And then there was CrossFit, it turns out I may not be the most athletically gifted individual. I have learned it takes 3-5 years to reach your potential in CrossFit… so I have a ways to go. CrossFit has taught me good lessons, in my reoccurring challenges of humility and patience. I want to win and I learned that quite a few other people also want to win, I learned we have some great athletes in our box. I also enjoy actually having muscles. I am embarrassed but before CrossFit I must have atrophied! I now have functional muscles, I can hike, run and lift heavy items correctly. I can do the things I love and I know staying in CrossFit that I will be able to continue to perform practical movements until I am an old man. I love the outdoors and CrossFit will keep me there.
5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
There are so many proud moments in CrossFit. Starting so far back (physically) I have quite a few. Being able to do my first pull up, doing my first toe’s to bar, hand stand, bar dip etc. Overcoming the nasty feeling that thrusters first did to me, my brain was yelling NO!!!!!! And yet I kept coming back and fighting that awful movement and now it’s a whole lot better. It taught me you can overcome about anything. My other proud moments are working out with and seeing my fellow members conquer their short comings. None of us starts out perfect at this and there are folks who had a much tougher time than me. Seeing them succeed means a lot. Knowing they took charge of their life and decided to do something about it. That’s why we are here.
#6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?
It’s probably no surprise but my favorite movement is running. I also really enjoy pull ups, toe’s to bar, box jumps, burpees, hand stands, lunges, GHD’s and snatches. Pretty much anything that makes the big burly muscle guys groan. My least favorite movements used to be thrusters but now it is 20 lb wall balls at 10’ and med ball cleans.
#7. Have you had one or two challenging CrossFit goals that you’ve achieved recently? What are your current goals and how close are you to reaching them?
One of my goals I recently achieved was a bar dip. I only did a couple but that movement had been elusive. Also finishing a full Murph work out was another goal accomplished. My current goals are to be able to do muscle ups and hand stand push ups. I have a ways to go.
#8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?
I had never had any athletic training. I am not sure what to compare CrossFit to. I can tell you that I am glad there is a competitive side to it or I would probably lose interest. As I said earlier I love to compete whether its badminton, horse shoes, basketball etc. Also the scheduling aspect keeps you accountable. The camaraderie keeps you feeling a part of something and pushes you to finish what you wouldn’t do on your own. Can other fitness programs say they have the community that CrossFit does? Can they say they have the results? You truly get a well-rounded physical training program. You take the fun with the painful challenge. Truly you wouldn’t push yourself like you get pushed in CrossFit. I have only observed other fitness programs and in my opinion I couldn’t imagine a better fitness program than CrossFit out there.
#9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?
Well CrossFit has definitely made me a much tougher individual. I now lift with a confidence that I won’t hurt myself. I can run much faster than before CrossFit. I know I will heal quicker. I am burning more calories. It has helped me spiritually; to always remember the Cross when I am suffering through a WOD. You other athletes have looked upon the Cross in our gym while suffering. It has been a good reminder. We get so busy and can forget about our salvation, every workout is an opportunity to reflect upon our mortality and consider what our Lord has suffered because of our sins. Surely this bit of suffering will mean something beyond the physical. In fact so much of life is remembering to offer up our daily inconveniences and life’s sufferings in reparation for our sins and to show our love to God. CrossFit has also helped me have a deeper respect for my fellow athletes, a bond has been made in our mutual suffering.
#10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?
I haven’t really struggled with my weight to much and didn’t think the zone diet concept applied to me. My philosophy had been “all things in moderation”. Well over the last few months my energy level and performance in CrossFit has gone down and my weight has gone up. Nutrition has a big effect on your energy levels and general health. So I have recently decided to give the Zone diet a shot. I know it has worked well for all who have tried it. Better late than never!
#11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?
Writing a WOD is the best part of this! So many ideas so here goes. It will be called “In over your head”
3 Rounds for time
10 Overhead Standing Lunges (Men RX A-45, B-35, C-25)( Women RX A-25,B-15,C-10)
RX A – 30 second handstand hold, RX B- handstand or wall walk hold, RX C- plank hold
10 Squat Snatch, (Men RX A- 95,B- 75,C- 65) (Women RX A-65,B- 55,C-45)
RX A- 30 second handstand hold, RX B- handstand or wall walk hold, RX C- plank hold
10 Front Rack Box Step up. (Men RX A-24” box, 45lb, B- 20” box, 40lb, C- 16” box 35lb)(Women RX A-20” box, 35lb, B – 20” box 30lb, C 16” box, 25lb)
I feel confident this will be a good shoulder work out☺
#12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself.
Wow, we have one life, one body and a life time to make bad decisions or to choose to stay in shape. As we get older and see things play out we get wiser and more appreciative of the time we have, especially the quality of that time. For me taking charge of my health and tackling life’s physical challenges with strength is meaningful. Not just for me but my family and friends. Staying in shape is an important responsibility. I am a big proponent of the CrossFit method because it works. It is a system with different avenues to engage people. It has kept me engaged and I am thankful for the positive results.
#13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?
Well if all I have said earlier doesn’t encourage someone to join (or scare them off) I am not sure what will☺ I find myself recommending it to everyone who will listen. I guess many are called but few are chosen.. or choose to join. So please consider becoming a part of the tribe, the culture.. the strong. Make that choose to change your life, at the very least give it a try. It is an investment that is an incredible value. You will love the people and results you see.
#14. Open Forum:
There are so many people to thank. Doc I love your passion and I thankful you took the initiative to start CrossFit Benedictus. I am thankful for all the time put in by the coaches and the patience they have shown. I am thankful to so many of the members in our box. Greg Cerny you were a big inspiration when I first started and you always push me to the max. Charles Huard you have become a good friend, someone I really enjoy competing with. My running friends Carlyle and Joe. I am thankful to be a part of the 2017 August class, all 6 of us are still going strong. Thanks to Andy for getting me to sign up for many “special” CrossFit challenges. I was always reminded “it’ll be great” (insert groan). I really am blessed to be a part of this tribe and appreciative to each and every one of you. I encourage each and everyone one of you to reflect on your blessings and to thank God for the gifts in your life. I also ask you to accept the humility this sport gives and to accept the lessons in patience. Keep pushing, give your all, get out of the rut, be kind and to always “keep coming back”.