What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
After 10 years of competitive swimming, I decided to put that aside so I can coach my own swim team, but I still wanted to do something with my fitness. I tried running, I tried bodybuilding, but nothing seemed to satisfy my need for competition and my need to become an overall better athlete. I felt like my fitness was going nowhere, so I decided to do CrossFit and I’ve never looked back. I still swim and run and do all the other things I used to do to compliment CrossFit, but now I feel like I found purpose and fun in training again.
What was your first impression? How has that changed?
I was a little nervous at first, since I am a pretty shy guy, but after the first workout I was hooked. Everything that I missed from competitive swimming, I found in CrossFit : The community, the competition, and being surrounded by people that want to be better while having fun. It’s awesome.
What was your first highlight?
The one highlight that I can remember clearly is finishing 17.5. I once considered 95 lbs thrusters the heaviest thing in the world to me, and double under’s was something I was not able to do, even months after I joined the box. That workout proved to me that I am capable of more than I think I am.
What are you working on improving now in CrossFit?
Currently I am focusing a lot more on strength, meaning anything that includes barbells, dumbbells, and so on. I feel like that’s my biggest weakness, but everything else needs improvement too.
What is your favorite CrossFit Westmount memory?
One of my favorite memories was this one evening class at 6, where we had clean and jerks and push ups I think. The whole class finished the workout way under the time cap except for one person. There were about 30 seconds left, and the whole class was cheering and encouraging him to finish up his last few reps before the time was up. He made it under the time cap. The energy in the room was insane, and that’s what I love about our community