Tell us a little bit about yourself: (hometown, job, family, hobbies, etc.):
Born and raised in the City of Champions, Tuscaloosa, ALA-BAMA. #RTR
I am the Business Development manager at Hotel & Restaurant Supply.
My Fam Jam includes Phillip-6wk old boy, Stella Reese-3yo blonde firecracker of a little girl, and my beautiful, intelligent, & loving wife Sarah.
My hobbies include: smoking meats, burpees, watching football & being outside: so canoeing, hiking, chillin’, but mostly jammin’.
If I were in charge of the radio at the gym: I would make you listen to something different everyday. Country, Jam bands, Rock, Rap…Except Friday, Everyone knows Fridays are Hall & Oates Fridays.
When did you start training with us at CrossFit 601?
I’m in my 4th year. I am an original 601 South member, AND STILL CHAMPION OF BACK2BACK NvS Inter-gym competitions.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
My wife and I did a lot of trail running, trained for 5k’s together then a half marathon. Then took on “insanity” two times through; so body weight movements and running were all if anything I had coming in and now I am much faster, can run longer and love burpees. But in no way was I “ready” for CF.
I was watching the Games on ESPN and saw an ad for CF601. I was very interested in the intensity, mental & physical toughness and competition involved.
But what really got me was the community. This gym is full of really fun, friendly, caring people.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
Life in the Box really helped me develop some metal toughness. I remember thinking, “I’m not going to do that. That sounds terrible.” or “I can’t do that. I’m never going to be able to do that!”
As I kept working and with the encouragement of others, I got better. Now, I say “This might suck. I’m going to do it anyway!”
So now, when I’m going through a rough spot (First, I call my friends that I’ve made at the gym) then I press on. I mean for the most part, Whatever it is, It’s not going to be as bad as-> fill in the blank: (whatever Chris programmed).
What advice would you give someone interested in starting CrossFit?
Do it. NOT LATER, BUT NOW!
I have NEVER been anything like an athlete or coordinated.
I am in the best shape of my life …and the lives of a lot of other guys my age.
It’s the best outlet for whatever place you’re in. I wish I had it earlier.
Free write (anything you’d like to add – motivational, thoughts about crossfit/fitness, the gym, etc.)
If I had to say anything to a current attendee:
Pick it back up, Keep Moving & Keep Coming Back! It only gets better!
If you choose this as part of your life and will exhaust yourself in it: that attitude will bleed over into every other part of your life. Ready. 3, 2, 1…GO.