Hometown: Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada
Age: Old for a dog, but young for a tree (but 38 in people-years)
Profession: Technically I’m a “Solutions Specialist”, but it basically boils down to a cushy desk job.
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up?
I actually did Ukrainian dancing for 14 years, starting when I was in Kindergarten. Once I quit that, I took up martial arts in various forms, earning my black belts in two different disciplines of Taekwondo and also studying other martial arts such as Kung Fu, Jeet Kun Do, grappling, Muay Thai, and kickboxing.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?
I got exposed to some of the basic movements at my old gym, which considered themselves to be “CrossFit inspired”. When we recently moved and while researching a new gym I found CrossFit Naples website and that really helped push me toward giving it a try.
What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after?
Of course, being gung-ho and anxious to prove myself I went all out and ended up posting a 5:45. I ended up on the floor, halfway passed out and actually took a few hours to recover.
Favorite CF Movements:
Back squat, rope climb, wall ball. Anything I feel halfway good at!
Least Favorite Movements:
Overhead squats, front squat. Anything I’m not good at. I am, with no exaggeration, the least flexible person you will have ever seen (right, Mario!?). I struggle with anything requiring mobility.
Favorite Cheat Meal:
Pizza me up, baby!
Favorite Paleo Meal:
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I’m a top secret international spy. Oh, damn.. shouldn’t have said that.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I have definitely started to see more muscle and definition (but it hasn’t really been that long since I started). I’m going for my body fat analysis next week and I’m hoping for good news there, too. I have definitely seen an improvement in endurance, which is another area I struggle with.
Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?
Don’t quit. Keep at it. Progress can be slow, results difficult to see, but remember… they are happening. The first few weeks will be hardest, but once you start feeling stronger, seeing results and feeling better, you’ll find yourself addicted… in a great way.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I build remote controlled submarine models for people all around the world as a hobby/second income. I get up every morning at 5am, weekday or weekend, and put in a few hours each day working in the garage. It’s a challenging hobby, taking a lot of patience, but I find it a great way to de-stress and get focused.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A) 4 mins AMRAP: 6 burpees, 12 KB Swings (53/45)
(Rest 90 seconds)
B) 4 min AMRAP: 6 burpees, 12 wall balls
(Rest 60 seconds)
C) 4 min AMRAP: 6 burpees, 12 box jump
(Rest 30 seconds)
D) 4 min AMRAP: 6 burpees, 12 deadlifts (185/115)
A) Time Trial: 1,000 m row
B) For Time: 30 Thrusters (115, 80)
C) For Time: 50 pull ups
(Rest 3 mins between rounds)