BIRTHPLACE: Chicago, Illinois
BIRTHDAY: June 7th 1990
OCCUPATION: Design & Architecture
1. FOR HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CROSSFITTING
I first started crossfitting this past February. I had heard a lot about crossfit, good and bad things, so I decided to check it out for myself. Stumbled upon the Breed family, and the rest is history.
2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WOD OR MOVEMENT AND WHY
I don’t have a particular WOD that I enjoy most, because one of my favorite parts about crossfit is that everyday is different. However, my favorite movement has got to be the snatch.
3. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE WOD OR MOVEMENT AND WHY
My least favorite movement has got to be thrusters. I don’t necessarily dislike them, but they are far far far far from my favorite. I don’t really have a reason why, I just find it to be one of the most challenging of all the lifts.
4. HOW DID YOU GET INTO CROSSFIT
I was looking for something that was going to replicate the intensity and variety I used to have in my workouts when I played hockey. I had heard a lot about crossfit, some good reviews , some bad reviews. I had just had my ACL, MCL, LCL, and meniscus repaired less than a year ago, so I was a little sceptacle about trying something that had a reputation of people getting injured. I still thought I should give it a shot for myself. I explored a few different boxes in the area until I found Crossfit Breed. Liz and Hutch were so welcoming to my questions of understanding the program and what they did everyday. After a little workout with Hutch one Sunday morning, I instantly felt comfortable and knew I should give this a whirl. I pretty much fell in love with crossfit after that.
5. WHAT FITNESS PROGRAM WERE YOU DOING BEFORE CROSSFIT AND HOW DO THEY DIFFER
After my surgery, I started back at the gym on a regular weight lifting and running routine. My first goal coming out was to run the Disney Pricess Half Marathon which took place this past February. I was running everyday. Although I really enjoyed it, I missed the strength training that I had done with playing hockey. The biggest difference I’ve found is that crossfit is just better for building your overall strength. It challenges your body in a different way every single work out, so you never feel like you’re falling into a routine.
6. HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED SINCE JOINING CF BREED
Well, I learned it is somehow possible to get your butt to gym 3 days a week at 5:30am. Drake had it right….0 to 100 real quick. But seriously, I have changed quite a bit since joining the Breed family. After having had quite a few sports related injuries in the past, I’ve been able to regain my confidence in my athletic abilities. Most of all, my patience. Although all the coaches (and all my fellow crossfitters) at Breed have helped me in so many ways, the one who has had to put up with my nonsense the most is Coach Prabesh. He has helped me to see that I’m so much stronger than my mind thinks I am, and sometimes I need to get out of my own way and not be afraid to throw that bar over my head.
7. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO NEW COMERS TO CROSSFIT
The best advice I can give to any newcomers is to never get discouraged or compare where you’re fitness levels is to anyone else. Everyone has a strengths and weaknesses to work on, even those who have qualified for the games. It’s just you against you. As they say, the last person to finish the WOD always has the loudest cheers.
8. WHY DO YOU LIKE TRAINING AT CROSSFIT BREED
The community at Crossfit Breed is like family. Everyone there is excited everytime they walk in. No matter how long you’ve known someone, or if you see them regulary, you’re greeted like an old friend. During each WOD, if someone is struggling, the rest of the group will cheer them on to finish. It’s just an awesome environment to be apart of every single workout. I love this place.
9. DO YOU PLAY ANY SPORTS? WHICH?
Hockey and softball
10. WHAT ARE YOUR FITNESS GOALS FOR 2015?
Like most, my main fitness goal is to continue to lost weight/fat while gaining strength in all area of the crossfit. In the coming years I want to start coaching crossfit and qualify for the 2017 Crossfit Games.