July Athlete of the Month, Reade!
Published July 1, 2019
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
1. What was life like before you became a member?
For work I sit at a desk all day designing bridges and culverts. It’s as boring as it sounds. But that’s what I did for twelve years before joining. Sat at a desk for eight and a half to nine hours every day and then went home and did the usual stuff around the house.
2. At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?When I enrolled I wasn’t exercising at all. The last time I exercised before I enrolled, I was probably a freshman in college. I ran cross county at Penn State Worthington for one year. I also ran track in high school for four years. I lifted a little bit in high school with the track team but other than that there was not much fitness in my life.
3. What originally prompted you to seek us out? Well, sitting at that desk for 12 years had finally caught up to me. I was the heaviest I’d ever been, and it seemed like every year I needed the next size up in pants. Health wise I didn’t feel the best and it was getting harder to do the things in life that I had always enjoyed doing. It seemed like I was always tired especially after working all day. Then one day my father had a heart attack. My father was and still is one of the most active seventy-year old’s I know. Luckily, he got to the hospital in time and he is all good now, but it made me think that if it could happen to him it could happen to me. I just felt like if I continued to sit at a desk all day and not start exercising that by the time I was fifty my health would be gone and I wanted to be healthy for my own children.
4. What was your goal when you originally signed up?
My goal was simple when I joined. I just wanted to get in better shape. I ran a 5k this summer in under 23 minutes and I also ran in a Savage race where I finished 83 out of 1999 people. So, I feel like I met that goal.
5. What have you liked best about working with us?
It’s always fun working out at the box. Most of the time I put too much weight on the bar and try to Rx a WOD and halfway through I’m asking myself what was I thinking. But I enjoy pushing myself to finish. I really enjoy how my goals are always changing. At first, I was just trying to Rx a WOD. Then I wanted to be able to do kipping pullups. It took me forever to get double unders. I’m still working on HSPU’s. One day maybe I’ll be able to walk on my hands. I have a ton of goals and I know it takes time to learn the technique and build the muscle to do a lot of these movements. But that’s what I like best. My goals are always changing and there is always something I can do better. So, it never gets boring.
6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?
The thing I am most proud of achieving since I started at Keystone is a muscle up. I had been working on my pullups to where I could do 6 or 7 strict ones in a row and I had just signed up for the open. I knew they would be in the open, so I started trying to get one. I didn’t get them right away, but I was determined. It took me almost two months of practicing them before every class, but I finally got one. I was super proud that I didn’t give up because when I first tried one, I felt like they were impossible.
7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?
Overall, I feel like a much healthier person. My energy has come back, and my pants size went down. Haha. That was the worst part of this journey, none of my clothes fit anymore. Seriously though, I’m much happier with the way I look and feel.
8. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?
The only real struggle I had was joining. At first, I was going to join a gym, but I knew I didn’t have any idea of how to lift. I happen to work in the same building that Keystone CrossFit is located in, so I started doing some research on CrossFit. I liked how CrossFit combines lifting with cardio and that it was done in a class setting. It’s kind of like going to track practice and running drills together rather than lifting on your own at a gym. The hardest part for me was just walking in the door and not knowing what to expect. Now I’m not a huge social butterfly but what I like most about CrossFit is working out together because you are all pushing me to be better. Everybody at the box is great. We all cheer for that last person struggling to finish a WOD and that is awesome. I’ve been there more times than I’d like to admit but it’s great to have a community to push and motivate you. So, I would say to anyone who is struggling to get out of the house and exercise to come to CrossFit and give it a try because you won’t have to do it alone. We all do it together.
9. Do you have any special moments/memories?
Like I said before when I got my first muscle up, I was super proud of myself. But Jess caught me probably out of the corner of her eye and came running over and asked me if that was my first one. When I told her it was, she was like “OMG you got to do it again so we can video it.” And she made me do another one and she posted the video on Keystones Facebook page. I received a bunch of likes and congrats from all you guys and gals for it. So, it was a cool memory that I will never forgot.
10. What is your favorite movement/lift?
My favorite movement is definitely a strict pull up. Most of you have probably seen me practicing them before class starts. When I first joined, I could barely do 1. It took me probably over a year, but I’ve worked my way up to 10 and now I’ve started doing weighted pull ups. I feel like they are a great upper body strength exercise and they definitely helped me complete a couple obstacles in the Savage race.