1.Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.
I am 36 years old, was born and raised in St. Mary’s, married to wife Jackie for now 12 years, father to one daughter, Penelope, and a very spoiled tabby cat, Catsby the Great. I work at The Onyx Collection in the shop. I enjoy peace and quiet with an interesting book, magazine, or newspaper, visiting the library, watching TV and teasing my cat.
2. When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?
Mt first foray into the world of CrossFit was in August of 2016. I started because my body was starting to feel old and tired and I was coming home exhausted from work every day. I wanted to be stronger and less prone to injury. I continue now because it gives me more energy at work and helps me to perform my job better, has given me an improved outlook on life and a sense of accomplishment. I also like doing CrossFit because I think that regularly undertaking voluntary discomforts, like strenuous exercise, can take the sting out of future discomforts that come our way during life.
3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
I don’t remember it exactly, but I do remember it involved burpees on the patio in Doc’s backyard. Being the middle of August, it was so hot that I felt like my face was melting and the black rubber mats felt like they were boiling. I remember feeling incredibly uncomfortable and sore for many days afterwards. I also remember Doc telling us to be careful driving home and then he described something called WOD brain.
4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment after finishing each class. I enjoy being able to exercise with other men, under the guidance of professional coaches, without worrying about whether I am doing it right or am I going to hurt myself or what do I do next. I enjoy being able to work harder and longer at my job than I ever thought possible and to lift heavy things without injuring myself. I also appreciate that every class starts with a prayer to remind us that even exercise is a possible means of sanctification.
5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
My proudest moment was lifting over 300 lbs. on a 1RM deadlift. But really, my proudest moment is every time I can get my butt out of bed for the morning class, to go out of my comfort zone (socially, emotionally, and physically) and to attempt to do hard physical things that I would not otherwise choose to do, especially at that ridiculous hour. I am proud of every time I can psych myself out and trick myself into signing up and showing up for any class one more time.
6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?
My favorite movement is the air squat.
My least favorite movement is probably the thruster and his evil stepchild, the burpee.
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?
My main goal right now is to sign up and show up as much as I can and to try not get hurt. My more specific goal is to get strong enough to do pullups in a WOD….I have a ways to go and need to get stronger.
8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?
I’ve never tried any other fitness program because exercising isn’t something that ever really
appealed to me, certainly not for fun or even as a necessity. I now realize the necessity of
exercising but I am still working on finding the fun part. I’m still not convinced this is where fun and fitness meet. But I think this program is different than many others because you get to do it with other people (I would never do this by myself) who also want you to succeed and because scaling allows every person to participate in the same workouts
9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?
CrossFit has forced me, in a good way, socially and physically out of my comfort zone. It has strengthened my will and helped me to lead a more disciplined life. I’ve noticed I can do a lot more physically at work and with better movements than before. Regular CrossFit exercises has helped boost my self esteem and it has helped me to prevent and overcome injuries in my highly physical job.
10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?
I learned a long time ago that you can’t outrun a bad diet. My wife and I try to eat the
healthiest we can without blowing a hole in the grocery budget every month. We don’t drink soda or sugary drinks, we sweeten with honey or maple syrup or just small amounts of
coconut sugar when needed for baking or desserts, some fruit and we eat try to buy clean meat and vegetables, with little or no GMO’s, pesticides, or hormones added. My main weaknesses are beer and dairy, both of which I am better now at moderating the amount and frequency.
11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?
“Diddly Squat” – Team WOD
Time – Rx3
400 Air Squats
Teammate A works while Teammate B holds kettlebell in bottom of Goblet squat position. Split up reps between athletes as desired. Both athletes must finish the run at the end together.
Men: A/B/C: 53/45/40 Women: A/B/C: 35/30/25
12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?
YOLO….you only live once, make it count. If you have children, its up to you to set an example of what healthy life habits look like and that includes exercising regularly. The CrossFit program makes it very easy to build those habits of exercise, habits which you can pass on to your children.
13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?
Leave your pre-conceived notions about CrossFit at the door. While there are several
incredible CrossFit athletes that work out at the box and set an amazing example of fitness and competition, there are also many other average Joes and plain Janes doing the same WOD’s with scaled movements or loads but with no less grit and determination. CrossFit meets you wherever you are on the fitness spectrum and provides you with a personally tailored version of voluntary CrossFit discomfort and will help you get better and more fit every time you come. But you have to show up for class and then sign up for another class, and then another, etc.
14. Open Forum:
Thank you to the founders of CrossFit Benedictus, Doc and Cindy Carroll and to Joe and Andy for taking over and keeping the box running smoothly. CFB is the best place to work out in St. Marys: it is never boring, you will always walk away feeling fulfilled and you will get to socialize with some of the best people in town. Also thank you coaches for all the hard work and preparation you do in teaching the classes. And finally, thank you training partners….Lord knows misery loves company!