When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?
I was trying to do CrossFit type workouts at my normal gym for a while but they literally did everything they could to make that impossible. I have known Jessie Rood Kiblen for a long time and I knew she had started CrossFit so I called her and asked her how it was. She told me I would love it so in February of 2015 I joined 913 and have never looked back.
What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?
All of them, I know there was one I almost died on. It was an open workout with thrusters and rowing. That is one that will always stick out. Oh sorry… one more… sprinting 500 meter rows three times… I was shaking for two days after that. You think it sounds easy right… well try it… it isn’t!
What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
My favorite movement in crossfit is for sure the jerk. Definitely my favorite by far. When you hit a good jerk it’s like hitting a homerun. And you don’t have to squat… definite bonus!! Any burpee with something after it… Burpee Box Jumps, Burpees Pullups, Bar Facing Burpees, you get the idea. A close second would be anything requiring you to squat with a dumbbell.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)
I am married to my beautiful wife Vanessa who I am blessed and lucky to have by my side. We have a little girl on the way. She is due January 17th and will be our first, we are super excited. We also have two bulldogs that are perfectly sweet and psychotic. I have been a mortgage loan officer since 2001. Currently I work at Home Direct Mortgage and have for the last three years. Prior to that I was at NBKC Bank for 10 years. I used to play a lot of sports but with the old age I have narrowed it down to one. I still play sand volleyball in a four person team league and still have a ton of fun doing it at a competitive level. I have had to throw the towel in on basketball (four sprained ankles), flag football (everyone was so much faster than I was), Softball (because it’s boring), and Bro sessions at the gym (because I’m too tired and sore from CF four-five times a week). I am a champion at pretty much every yard game you can think of though… so at least I still have that.
What was your workout routine before CrossFit?
I used to run miles and miles and miles and miles… then bro sesh it out! What else could you do at 24 Hour fitness?
What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?
“This is how I am going to go out” was something that ran through my head at least 100 times in the first week of CrossFit. My first CrossFit workout in a class environment was actually a blast and I enjoyed it… well until I almost died. But it hooked me for sure.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
Have you achieved any of those goals?
Honestly I came to Crossfit to exercise and help maintain the healthy lifestyle I had been living for 10 years prior. In 2003 I weighed 300Lbs, never exercised, ate horribly, and one day I decided to change my lifestyle. I lost 90 lbs at my best but have maintained 60(winter)-70(summer)LBS down from 300.. Hey age and beer caught up with me… don’t judge.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
Well if you mean do I trust fall on toilets more frequently and struggle with stairs daily, then yes it definitely has affected me outside of the gym. On a serious note I have made some great friends that I hang out with outside the gym so that is definitely a blessing. It has also taught me to be more disciplined in my daily routine.
Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?
Benching over 300lbs was pretty awesome. I could never get close to doing that in all my Bro Sessions… so that was cool. Of course TJ throws in right after that… you may be the only guy I know that can bench more than he can squat… HAHA. So true at the time… but now that is NOT the case so you are welcome TJ.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?
I would tell them that doing the movements right is very important. Weight isn’t important until you have the movement down correctly. Especially in a WOD when you get tired… scale that weight… it isn’t worth the injury that will come. Also when you think you can’t get any sorer than you are… Yes, yes you can!
Something you might not know about me is?
I was Chaplain of my Christian High School. I led worship and ran the weekly Chapels we had.