Athlete Spotlight: Kirk K.

Athlete Spotlight: Kirk K.

Welcome another one of our coaches in the Instructor Training Program.

Hometown: Nebraska City, NE
Age: 23
When Did you start:July 2012

Favorite Workout: My favorite workouts include any squat, deadlift, or sprint. A favorite WOD of mine is a girl named Helen…She’s not as innocent as she sounds.

Least favorite WOD: It would be the 12.2 workout from this year’s Crossfit Open. The Snatch is such a quick and technical movement that I haven’t spent a lot of time with…It really showed with my score.

Sports and fitness background: It started early in my life. I was always playing some sport as a child, lots of baseball mixed with flag football and basketball. In middle school I started playing contact football as well as track. My greatest athletic accomplishment came after my senior football season when I was awarded all-state honors as a running back in the state of Nebraska. I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I was involved with all sorts of intramural sports. I started playing volleyball my sophomore year, and played club volleyball for the University for two years. My fitness has been pretty consistent since high school, except for a few things. My strength, mobility, and technique have improved dramatically, as well as my nutrition, entirely due to Crossfit.

How did you hear about CF? I was first exposed to the truth about fitness (Crossfit) during my tenure at UNO. I was required to take Practice and Theory of Weight Training, and God-willing my instructor was Joe Westerlin, co-owner of Crossfit Omaha! After that class I couldn’t get enough of Crossfit and a whole new world of health and fitness.

What was your first WOD? It’s sad to say that I don’t remember my first WOD, but I think that’s a good thing.

What changes have you seen since doing CF? The changes I’ve seen with my health since starting Crossfit are too many to list. A big one has to be that my energy levels are always high, no matter what time of the day it is (as long as I’ve had adequate sleep!). My self-confidence is stable and always positive. Lastly my body has leaned out considerably.

Favorite moments with CrossFit/ CrossFit Naples:  Ever since my weight-training course where I was introduced to Crossfit, I knew that’s what I wanted to learn more about and be apart of for the rest of my life. Unexpected, yes. Life-changing, yes. Accompanied with unquenchable passion. One of my favorite Crossfit moments was my tenure at Crossfit Omaha where I was an intern my last semester in school. Being a part of a fitness community that I could never imagine, all while learning so much about health, fitness, nutrition, business, and coaching. That was just the start, and Crossfit Naples is the next chapter. I’m really enjoying shadowing Mario and Tara’s classes. They have also been so generous with their knowledge and their time to help me out, and to make me a better athlete/coach, and person.

Advice to new CrossFitters: Newbies, listen up. I know Crossfit is the hardest thing you’ve ever put your body through, and it’s the last place your body wants to be. But this hard work pays off in all areas of your life. Yes, you’ll look and feel better but the best part about Crossfit is the community and you’ll never meet more caring people than the ones you’re working out with everyday. Keep it up!

My hobbies/interests: First and foremost I am Catholic before anything, and my relationship with the living God rules my life. He’s blessed me with so much including killer dance moves, and insane gaming skills. I’m also blessed and cursed to be a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan..any sports fan knows what it’s like. I love reading script(ure), car magazines, and fiction. Fave music includes MJ, The Killers, Daft Punk, Keith Urban…which also happens to be the ultimate Crossfit WOD playlist.

Thursday’s Workout

3 rounds:
1 min Calorie row
1 min Box Jump
1 min KB swing (partial swing, go heavy)
Rest 1min bwtn. rounds

-Score total reps per round

After party:
50 reps of abs
(athletes choice)

Friday’s Workout

4 minutes of work:

5 Thrusters (75/55)
10 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (75/55)
5 Hand Release Pushups
3 rounds-rest 2 mins in between rounds