June 2018--Bobby Awerkamp

1.Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.
Married to Inger for 22 years (even though she still only looks like she is 22) and recently blessed with our 10th child.  
I work with a very talented group of people at Onyx, our family owned manufacturing business. We produce bathroom fixtures and deliver them nationwide. The business is experiencing strong growth and I really enjoy directing the major projects that this growth requires.
For hobbies, I like to organize tournaments for various activities, such as softball, paintball, chess, and soapbox derby.

2. When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?
I started doing CF about two years ago. I had been having a lot of back and neck trouble, requiring weekly maintenance with Craig Schmaltz. When Craig moved to Arizona, I considered traveling to Arizona once a month so he could keep my back functional. A few of the fellas at work told me about how CF had helped their back troubles so I contacted Doc about joining. Now my neck and back are doing great and I am feeling better all around, so why quit.

3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
I don’t remember what the workout was, but it was in Doc’s back yard. I do remember Doc commenting on what a great pain face I was making, so I was thinking, “Well at least somebody is enjoying this”

4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
The healthy competition and the progress we make. The fellas all want to score better than the each other, but they also genuinely care about the other person’s progress and well being.

5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
I don’t remember the specific workout but it was one of those rare occasions when I did the RX workout and scored higher than a couple of the coaches.

6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?
Favorite is the Snatch. Least favorite is the Overhead Squat.

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?
Recently I have been trying more often to do the RX work instead of the scaling options (depending on what is scheduled). Still trying to string pull ups together. Still need lots of work on that.

8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?
Many, many years ago, I very much wanted to dunk a basketball. I made up a program that focused entirely on jumping. It was very narrow in focus and I made very little progress. After a couple years work, I was only able to dunk a volleyball. CF is much broader in focus. At age 47, I have long since resigned to the fact that I will never be able to dunk a basketball, but I am seeing improvement in many other areas.

9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?
I am slowly making progress on all the movements in the gym (except double unders). Outside the gym, I feel healthier and am able to juggle more projects at work and at home.

10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?
I still eat the same things as before but I have changed the quantity. For example, I eat less of those things we are not supposed to eat and more of the things we are supposed to eat.

11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?
Five Rounds for Time with 15 Minute Cap
Row 20 cal
20 Snatches   Men  115/ 95/75  Women 75/55/35

12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?
An older fella in the parish once told me, “We spend our health obtaining wealth, then we spend our wealth trying to regain our health”  Seems ridiculous but it’s true for a lot of people. Staying fit is not a guarantee against a disabling illness, but it probably lowers the risk quite a bit. None of us wants to be a burden on our families in the future.

13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?
We have young people, old people, some in shape, some not in shape, and all of these who stick with the program are getting better.

14. Open Forum:
I’d like to thank Inger for her patience. All the extra stuff that I do does put a burden on her.  I really appreciate her making that sacrifice of the time I spend at the gym to improve my health.
Doc and Cindy, Thank you for starting this and keeping it going. I am grateful that St Marys has a CF gym run by good Catholics. If we joined a box in Topeka or Manhattan, we would likely have to compromise our faith in one way or another. I am thankful for being able to do what we do, without the co-ed environment.
Coaches, I appreciate your dedication. You all have families and yet you take the time to coach these classes. Thank you all very much.
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