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This is why we love what we do:
Gladiator of the Month
Did you play any high school/college sports?
Basketball was always my favorite sport to play but I developed more as an athlete after high school where I ended up playing in several CYO, college intramurals, and other local men’s leagues. I continued to play in men’s basketball leagues until 2009 when I had to retire due to a knee injury.
How long have you been Crossfitting?
I started in September of 2011 after speaking with Jason Caldas about my knee injury and weight management struggles. I was coming 2 or 3 days a week and then I lost my momentum right around Thanksgiving of 2011. I took three months off last winter and when I found myself at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life (265lbs) I decided to come back in March of 2012 and have been coming consistently every since.
How has crossfit changed your life?
The better question is: How has crossfit NOT changed my life? For the first time in my life I am addicted to working out. It sounds so weird to hear myself say that. The gym was always a burden for me. I had to try to fit it into my daily schedule somehow and it was so easy to skip a day here and there. Now I schedule the rest of my day around my crossfit workout because it has become my favorite part of the day! I sleep better now, I have more energy at work and throughout the day, my mood and mental state are much better. I feel like every aspect of my life – social, spiritual, work, and fitness has improved immensely. I feel better today than I have ever felt in my life. I’ve lost 65lbs, 4 inches off of my waist, and my body composition has changed a lot.
What keeps you motivated at CFB?
The people. I talk about them to everyone I meet because they are amazing. I consider them to be my extended family. From the first day I stepped foot in the gym, they welcomed me with open arms. I never felt like I was being judged. Crossfit can be intimidating when looking at it from the outside but it’s the people at CFB, including the coaches that make it a very special and sacred place to me. Other than that, I will always be motivated to improve because crossfit is like golf. You will never master it, you are competing against yourself, and there will always be room for improvement.
What are your hobbies other than Crossfit?
I’ve been DJing since 1995 and I do a live art/music show three times a year called UTOPIA. Other than that, I really enjoy the outdoors. Camping, fishing, hiking, boating, etc..
What would the “Wade” wod look like?
Since I always row instead of running due to my knee injury it would have to include rowing and now that I can actually do pull-ups and hand stand pushups how about:
3 rounds of:
10 hand stand pushups
Jason, Sonia, Bruce, Page and JT are amazing coaches! We are very lucky to have them at CFB!
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