1. Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests .
I am 28 years old. I live in St. Marys and I am married to Samantha, a beautiful Italian woman who can really cook (part of the reason I do CrossFit). Samantha and I have been blessed with 4 daughters so far. For the past 5 years I have been working for a great Catholic company called The Onyx Collection making shower and lavatories. I get to work with great people in the office helping customers. For hobbies I like to volunteer for the church and community, I like to socialize and host get togethers.
2. When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now ?
I started CrossFit March 7th, 2017. A few of my friends started talking about it, especially one guy from work, who I now realize just wanted a fresh group of people to make fun of me around (you know who you are... John). After I was brought to a ‘’bring your friend to class’’ WOD, I realized that CrossFit is exactly what I needed. It was structured, led by a knowledgeable coach and most importantly (for me), it was done with a group. After watching the men push themselves to their limits in healthy competition, I knew it was just what I wanted. I needed to get back in shape, feel better and most importantly get back the energy I used to have, which I felt I was too young to have lost. I continue to go because it works. The people, coaches, and structure are awesome. I got more than I bargained for.
3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD ?
I believe my first WOD was ‘’Soak in the tub’’. 8 minutes of wall walks and med ball cleans.I do remember falling down during a few wall walks and thinking that these WOD’S were a lot harder than the on ramp WOD’s. But I remember that I was here to push myself to the limits...plus the feeling after was well worth it.
4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit ?
The FitAide fridge.....jk, but seriously.I really enjoy the ease of attendance that is provided with CrossFit Benedictus. This means the most to me because it bring about all of the other benefits that everyone usually talks about. There are multiple classes a day, 5 days a week, with knowledgeable coaches, great camaraderie, all right here in St. Mary's a few blocks from my house. Couldn’t be easier and more convenient than that. This is one of the main reasons I keep coming back.
5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment ?
There are many... but my proudest moment was when I signed up for another year of CFB without hesitation. I looked back and saw all the progress I had gained the previous year.
.... oh, and then there was that one time I beat Andy in a WOD, I remember it was with ring muscle ups...I beat him by a few minutes.....hmmm...you know, that might of been a dream,....who cares, either way it happened.
6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite ? Favorite: The Overhead squat. Least Favorite: The Deadlift
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 ?
Yes I have achieved some recent goals, I was able to do handstand push ups and double unders in a WOD. My current goals are to make it to class constantly 3 times a week, and then go up to 4.I also am trying to string together double unders. And of course do a muscle up! Every time I get close to reaching these goals, I let things get in the way that set me back.
8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past ?
I tried BeerFit, but you have to curl a lot of beers to gain muscle... so I found I was only happy during the drinking and not happy the rest of the time.
But seriously, pretty much everything is different from the Fitness programs I have tried in the past . Whether the gym, running, or doing my own ‘’program’’...everything is different. CrossFit was a total new thing to me regarding fitness. WOD’s, Coaches, camaraderie, excitement......I didn't think it was possible to be excited to workout.
9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym ?
I remember reading Baltimore Catechism when I was a kid. One chapter was talking about a man and how he should divide up his time, I was surprised to see exercise on there. I know now how important it is, especially when done consistently. It has helped me be a better husband, father, employee and a better Catholic. I have much more energy. The mental fitness is just as important to me....I start projects I would have never attempted before, things don’t seem as challenging as they used to.
10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit ?
I am off and on, but I have learned that when you do focus on nutrition, the benefits of CrossFit are much more.. There was a few times I stuck strict to the diet for a month or so and I noticed more energy and quicker progress. My many years of bad eating/drinking habits seem to have bigger muscles than I do.
11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like ?
RX Weight is 95 pounds
2 Minutes of overhead squats 1 Minute of rest.2 Minutes of barbell burpees 1 minute rest
2 minutes of pull ups 1 minute rest2 minutes of PP
Score is total reps completed.
12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care
of yourself, of investing in yourself ?
As the coaches have said before, everyone spends the time and money, either at the box or at the hospital, old folks home or being a burden on your family because you never took care of yourself. The sacraments for the soul and CrossFit Benedictus for the body, plus I guess you have to eat healthy. That should get you covered. Focusing on the fundamental movements of life is the way to go. It is just like saving up money for retirement. Except you have fun doing it.
13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try ?
Just like St. Marys and working for a Catholic company, you can’t get this kind of stuff anywhere else. Try it and you will know what I mean..... Like anything good for you or worth while, it is not easy, but it will help you more than you know. It takes getting used to for sure. One CrossFit saying that I like is ‘’CrossFit never gets easy, it just sucks less’’ as you progress you notice this. It is always fun, but the beginning is the hardest. My body fought hard to get me to stop going, but the more I came back, the easier and ‘’funner’’ it got.
14. Open Forum :
Thank you Carrolls for running such a great fitness program that Catholics can attend. We have the consecrated business, pre-class prayer, separate classes for the men and women, great people which means great conversation and an overall awesome spirit. Like someone said in a previous ‘’Athlete of the month’’ article, we would probably have to compromise our faith to attend most other CrossFit Boxes.
We all know a place like CFB is not made overnight, or just happened to come about. Somebody sacrificed and put in countless hours of hard work to obtain this success. Just for others! They have also hand picked a great coaching staff. You couldn't put a better group of men and women together anywhere else. Thank you coaches and fellow members for a great and fun place to work out!