1. When did you join CrossFit BC?
I got first introduced to Crossfit around 2010 (i think). My wife – Michelle, joined CrossFit BC and ultimately introduced me to CrossFit as well. At the time, we were also members at North Shore Winter Club (one of our three boys played hockey there) so i would usually look up the wods and do them on my own at the club.
Working out on my own was fine but nothing like doing it as a part of a proper CrossFit gym with proper coaching etc. Starting from about 2 years ago i have been really trying to come into the gym as often as i could. So in a very longwinded way: i got introduced to crossfit a long time ago, but in terms of consistent training i would say 18 months is more like it.
2. Why did you choose CrossFit?
This is both easy and hard at the same time. The simple answer is i just love everything about it (except the bike part – bike is hard and it sucks :-)). The hard part is that there is no one reason in particular. I love the competitive part (both against others but also against yourself), i love the fact that the work is always different, i like the comradely and the social part. There are too many things, but in the end its adding all of them together that makes it a one-of-a-kind type sport.
3. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
A lot of my clothes don’t fit me anymore 🙂 (hopefully for the right reasons … or so i keep telling myself :-))
4. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
Listen to coaches – technique is REALLY important, scale but push. Part of the fun is discovering that when your mind tells you to bail, you CAN push further.
5. What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
Hmmmm, i don’t know if i have one favourite.
With Lifting i like deadlifts and cleans.
With gymnastics I like toes to bar and ring muscle-ups
6. What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit?
Traveling and hanging out with my wife and kids
7. What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Probably doing full “Murph” with the vest this year for the first time. I did it in around 46 min which is not great but i did it and i am pretty sure i can improve on it next year.
8. Have you made any changes to your diet?
I have been eating pretty food for a while so no real changes from this perspective. I definitely feel like i need more food though…
9. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I was 225 lbs once and not the good kind of 225lbs. If i showed you a picture you probably would not believe it 🙂
10. What/who inspires you the most?
I don’t know if i have one particular person i could name. I would say that seeing athletes with sever disabilities push through these issues really makes you take a step back and think “you think you have problems in your life?? Look at what this person has to deal with. what’s your excuse??”. Crossfit has a lot of stories like these and this is yet another reason i live for it.