January 2020 Athlete of the Month, Will!
Published January 2, 2020
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
1. What was life like before you became a member?
I was born and raised in NEPA. I graduated from North Pocono in 2006 and enlisted in the US Navy. I served with CLR – 27 USMC aid station at Camp Lejeune and did one tour to Iraq in 2009 with MWSS 472 EOD. I separated in 2010 and moved back to NEPA. I was lucky enough to marry the love of my life “Erika Dolph” and we have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter, Eloise. From 2010-2019 I focused more on college, employment, family, and life instead of fitness. I joined KCF in February of 2019. I was a new dad and I wanted to be able to enjoy “play time” with Eloise and not be winded. That’s when the addiction to CrossFit started.
2. At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?
When I joined KCF I was exercising at the employee gym at the hospital a few times a month. Prior to the military and during my service I was a gym rat. I did a few small power lifting competitions and ran in a half marathon while in IRAQ on Al-Asad air base. Once I separated and went to college and started a family, I put fitness aside and focused elsewhere until I started at KCF.
3. What originally prompted you to seek us out?
KCF happened to be the closest CrossFit gym to my house when I google searched it. One and done, no need to search any further.
4. What was your goal when you originally signed up?
My original goal was to lose weight and get healthier. I needed the support, motivation, and accountability that KCF provided. Doing it on my own was not panning out.
5. What have you liked best about working with us?
I enjoy the combination of Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and cardio. I do tend to favor the Olympic lifts. The best part of CrossFit is every day is different. You have a different daily challenge “WOD” to overcome. The sense of accomplishment carries over into my everyday life.
6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?
I am most proud of the bar and ring muscle ups. From day one I wanted to have this move in my wheelhouse. It took me 9 months but now I have them and they are only getting stronger. Next on my list is connecting my Dubs!
7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?
I feel more comfortable in my own skin and I am a more confident person.
8. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?
Go all in! You get out of this what you put in… Work out hard, eat healthy, sleep, and be “TEACHABLE.”
9. Do you have any special moments/memories?
I recently competed in my first competition at KCF. My partner Will A. and I managed to place first!! (WWII) Holiday Throwdown 2019. My wife Erika recently joined the KCF family. This was a special moment for me as now we can motivate each other and spend quality time improving our lives together. Sharing the memory of the holiday throwdown this year with Eloise and Erika was priceless.
10. What is your favorite movement/lift?
Now that I can do rope climbs, they are my new favorite movement. A close second is any WOD that includes an Olympic lift. Lift heavy, Live sore, and Get strong!