What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
I had done competitive gymnastics for many years and really needed an intense type of workout similar to the workouts I did when I was doing sports growing up. I also can’t stand working out in the gym by myself. A few years ago good friend of mine told me to try it out one day and I was really surprised when I started because I didn’t think that I would like it. I never thought me of all people would be doing CrossFit this much but I now I can’t live without it. My friends make fun of me for doing CrossFit and call me sporty spice because if you new my personality you would never think of me as the CrossFit kind of guy but I take it as a compliment!
What was your first impression? How has that changed?
I definitely misjudged the sport in the beginning. I actually associated it to the “bro” stereotype at first. Even though we do fist pump once in a while, there really is a big diversity of people who are in the classes that come from different skill levels, backgrounds and ages which is really great and makes the classes exciting to go to! I really like the concept of working out in a group and having everyone encouraging each other.
What was your first highlight?
I don’t have a specific highlight that comes to mind but something that really makes me happy is when I realize that I can do something that I have been working on for a while or that I had no idea I could do. It feels great to surprise yourself with something that you didn’t know you could achieve.
What are you working on improving now in CrossFit?
For me it’s definitely anything with weight lifting. My strengths are mostly high endurance training and cardio workouts but I really suck at lifting any heavy weights. This is something I struggle with and try to improve on during each workout.
What is your favorite CrossFit Westmount memory?
My favourite CrossFit memory was definitely doing the CrossFit open. It sounded like a stressful thing to do at first but it’s really not. It really allowed me to focus on new goals that were completely unrelated to my regular heckling life. It also allowed me to really get to know everyone more from the gym and feel like I was part of a team.