I am originally from the Pittsburgh area. My wife, Laurie and I have been married for almost 29 years & have 3 children, (George 22yrs, Claire 17yrs & Nolan 10yrs), and 2 dogs (Golden Retriever “Carson” & English Springer Spaniel “Cora”). I own & run a business in Industrial Chemicals.
A family friend had been attending Crossfit classes at TPA for over a year and talked my wife into the MELT class. After watching her progression, I decided to check it out. I signed up for the 6 week New You challenge in October of 2016 and began regular Crossfit classes directly after, about 16 months ago.
Wow, am I in need of this! It was very difficult, but I loved the environment, guidance from the coaching staff, the supportive members, and also the challenge. I had been active when I was younger, but did not take time to prioritize a consistent activity in my schedule for a long time. Although I felt like I was run over by a truck for the first few weeks, I knew that this was for me. I wish I had found this 10 years earlier!
Walking into CFTPA with the same great group of people day in and day out while we all strive to become better versions of ourselves. It’s very motivating and I am proud to be a part of this.
My favorite movement is the handstand pushup. I’m not really sure why, but I like the challenge it presents. My favorite lift is the Power Clean, most likely because it seems less technical than some of the other lifts.
My least favorite movement is the overhead weighted lunge. My least favorite lift is the thruster. I usually find doing a specific movement/lift more changes my view of it in a positive way. I need to work on both of these.
My comfort level with many of the movements and lifts has dramatically improved since I began Crossfit. Outside the gym, I have newfound coordination, flexibility and endurance whether it is for doing work around the house or enjoying outdoor activities. I truly feel better and younger at 52 than I did at 40. It also keeps me thinking healthy when I eat, as you tend to gain a mindset about how to improve and become a better version of yourself.
I find Crossfit to be the easiest exercise regiment to stick with long term. Unlike other gyms, you don’t need to think about what exercise to do today, as the day’s workout is designed and scheduled by a great coaching/training staff. You show up, you do your best and repeat. Give it a few months and don’t quit. Watch out – it’s addictive!
Burpees, Handstand Push-ups, Power Cleans