Athlete Spotlight: Lancer B!
This weeks Athlete Spotlight goes to Lancer B!
When did you first start CrossFitting?
When did you first start training at StoneAgeFuel?
Favorite movement by far is laying on the floor after a workout. My favorite workout would have to be a toss up between tire flips and sleds, both make me feel like a warrior in a pavement empire going to battle shoulder-to-shoulder with my fellow warriors against the formidable clock and diabolical enemy that I refer to as lactic acid.
Least favorite workout/movement?
I would have to say wallballs and rope climbs. The wallballs really suck and punch you in the face when you’re not paying attention (how rude!). Rope climbs terrify me after about the 6th consecutive climb and I begin to lose grip at the top of the rope, not to mention I really hate the rash I get from having a rope between my legs.
Tell us about your sports/fitness background.
Mmmmmmmmmmmm, I played baseball from the age of 9 – 15.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first workout… what was it, and how did it feel?
I got exposed to CrossFit from a sign outside Sparks Elite offering a free class on Saturdays. I didn’t know what CrossFit was at the time, and just coming off of my experience doing Aqua Zumba at the pool in Fernley, I figured it couldn’t be as bad as that. I have effectively erased my first CrossFit workout from my memory thanks to the stroke that I had during that workout. I do know the workout felt like it was doing something, something that could be very addictive. The coaches and support that I received in the first 3 months are the reason I have followed those coaches to StoneAgeFuel.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting at StoneAgeFuel? (before/after)
Before starting CrossFit, I weighed a very soft 230# and within 2 months I was down to 205. It was at that point that I started a Paleo Challenge (I think it was a 10 week challenge) in which I won the challenge with a final weight of 181. Shortly after the challenge, I also completed a challenge consisting of 100 burpees every day for 100 days. It was during this challenge that I started to incorporate BCAA”s and protein into my regimen. I started to notice my weight creep up which frustrated the hell out of me, however I was still fitting in my clothes. Knowing what I know now, I feel that weight gain was more than likely from building muscle and isn’t something to be ashamed of. Currently I am a solid 200# with a diet that is 100% paleo 80% of the time. I can say that I am happy that I have found a balance where I am truly satisfied with my accomplishments, my weight, and my fitness. I would like to work towards a six-pack stomach someday, but I don’t need it to be happy with myself.
What changes in your life have you experienced from StoneAgeFuel that were totally unexpected?
I didn’t expect to ever be comfortable with my body and for people to even put my name in the same sentence with anything related to fitness. This has definitely been a welcomed change since starting CrossFit.
Please share with us any favorite StoneAgeFuel moments.
The moment when I thought I beat Chandler in a plate race, I think he was sandbagging a little bit ;-).
Any advice for people just getting started?
Give it a shot, don’t let any preconceived notions about fitness or the people doing fitness related activities intimidate you or impede your desire to try something like CrossFit. Don’t be ashamed of yourself or how you may look doing new movements. Remember, everyone looks funny doing something new. Additionally, you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, whether it’s with learning something new or fighting your body screaming at you to stop when you have just one rep left to do in a killer WOD.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit at StoneAgeFuel?
I am a husband, shooter, biker, camper, hiker, biotecher, coffee drinker, donut smeller, and beer enthusiast.