How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD?
I guess I’ve known about Crossfit for 2-3 years, but I didn’t want to add anything to my fitness routine that consisted solely of running. My wife then had a several month head-start on me at Crossfit Nola and finally convinced me to come in and try. I’m really not that stubborn!
My first WOD after Fundamentals was simple- sit on the erg and row a 2k. Eight minutes and thirty seconds later I was left to wonder why someone would ever put themselves through that! But six months later, I’ve shaved nearly a minute off my initial time and now love that machine.
When did you first come to CrossFit NOLA?
I started Fundamentals with Brandon in April 2014.
How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally take (times and specialties)?
During the Whole Life Challenge I made it in for 6 or 7 classes a week. Though in a normal week I try to make it for at least 5 classes. I’m happy there are several different classes offered and I can mix up my weekly routine. I’ve only been to the Mid-city location so far, and try to attend Powerlifting classes on Tues/Thurs 6pm, Strongman classes on Thurs 5pm and Sat 10am, and regular WOD classes a couple of times throughout the week.
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit NOLA?
I’m very much a numbers guy, so I love tracking my improvement in all timed and weight exercises. Improving my health and fitness while surrounded by great people with similar goals is reason enough. The physical changes are an added bonus and a result of hard work. Bruises, scabs, and calluses are proof of just how hard.
Favorite thing about New Orleans?
Other than an alarm system, the sunshine!
What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
Definitely weight loss and better overall health. I was finally fed up with what the scale said a couple of years ago. I worked on my nutrition habits and began running...a lot. After two years I lost exactly 50 pounds (perhaps a little too much). I then finally added Crossfit to my fitness routine, and the additional strength training has put some “good” weight back on and keeps all the great New Orleans restaurants from increasing my waistline again.
After a hard workout, what is your favorite meal?
If I’m sticking to Paleo, then I pick Breakfast (sweet potato hash, poached eggs, bacon, avocado). If I’m cheating, then Yogurtland!
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?
Getting outside and anything active, hiking and camping in the mountains, traveling, visiting museums and historic sites, cooking (together with eating), and doing everything with my wife.
What do you do for a living?
Curator for two historic house museums in the French Quarter
What is one goal that you are currently working on?
Just one? How about 1a and 1b: longer unbroken strings of kipping pullups and the dreaded double-unders.
How did you do in your first WLC? Will you repeat it?
I survived! With just subtle changes to my diet I was able to comply with all WLC rules and remembered to log-in every day to record my scores. I wasn’t in it to lose weight necessarily, but still lost a few inches over the eight-week period and was incredibly happy with my workout improvement. My scores were enough to place me in the top 3 overall! I’m ready to do it again in January, but I fear the King Cake just might destroy my scoring this time around.
How was competing in your first competition, Deep South Shootout?
I did have a lot of fun. My partner and I did the Team Scaled competition and we actually beat a few teams, so no DFL finish for us! Despite not being able to Squat Clean like a million pounds, both my partner and I set PR’s and pushed ourselves as hard as possible in each of the events. The spirit of competition made it a fun workout and I had enough adrenaline I was ready for another event or two. It was also great having enough Crossfit Nola gym friends there watching and cheering us on!
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