When did you start doing CrossFit and how did you get into it? I believe I started doing Crossfit
at the beginning of 2014 (you’ll have to check your membership records!), but I’d heard of it
kind of through the grapevine, and was interested as I had done high intensity interval training
for athletics back in high school and really enjoyed it
What is your Favorite WOD? Helen – kettlebell swings, running and pullups!
What is your Least Favorite WOD? Anything with thrusters
What is your Favorite Lift? Do box jumps count? I’m not much of a lifter shockingly enough
What is your Least favorite lift? Shoulder presses and all variations of it!
What type of exercise were you doing before CrossFit? Working out at a normal gym, tennis
Tell us a little about your personal and professional accomplishments – what are you proud
I’m pretty young in my career, so I would say the jury is out on professional
accomplishments – hopefully I’ll have some to share sometime in the future! I got my
undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Wake Forest which I’m proud of (they
don’t call it “work” forest for no reason!) and I got married to the lovely Mary St. John back in
2015 which isn’t really an accomplishment per se (although I definitely married up!), just more
something that makes me happy.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, other interests, etc.). Anything funny or interesting?
I’m originally from New England (go pats!), and have been in Charlotte now for a little over four
years. I have one younger brother who went to Wake as well and now lives in Denver, CO. As
far as interests, I’m relatively uninteresting, but enjoy music (I play drums and am teaching
myself electric guitar) and have a solid whistle game.
What are your CrossFit goals and have you achieved any of those goals, how’s it going so far?
As is the case for probably everyone here, I’m just trying to stay healthy and happy – Crossfit
helps me do that!
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? We have great people at our gym. I’ve made
some good friends, I’ve learned quite a bit about healthier eating, and most importantly I can
finally touch my toes – all things that wouldn’t have happened without joining this gym.
Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here? I wouldn’t say
anything special – I just enjoy getting to work out in a friendly environment with great people
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Reebok CrossFit Charlotte-Uptown?
There is literally nothing to be intimidated about. We’re all here to improve our fitness, and the
rate at which you do so is completely up to you. It’s truly a judgement free zone where
everyone just wants to see you achieve your goals, whatever those may be. Whether it’s
deadlifting 500 lbs or Rx’ing a workout for the first time, your accomplishments are your own
and deserve to be celebrated!
Something you might not know about me is? My thumbs are longer than my pinkies?
Apparently that’s not normal, or so I’ve been told.
Finally, please feel free to add your thoughts regarding your experience at Reebok CrossFit
Charlotte-Uptown so far? Great people, wonderful coaches, plenty of space. People ask me
why I haven’t gone to other gyms that are closer to my house/work and I tell them it’s because I like the people too much and would miss everyone!