February 2021 Athlete of the Month, Rob!
Published February 3, 2021
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
- What was life like before you became a member?
Prior to joining Keystone CrossFit I was facing some medical problems related to chronic cholesterol and thyroid issues. My physician had suggested some medication forms of treatment which I was not very fond of, specifically injectables. I thought that my weight was a problem and I felt like I carried all my weight around my abdomen.
2. At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?
When I joined KCF in June of 2108 I was, what I thought, physically active. I had run several half marathons, golfed and played ice hockey a few times a week.
3. What originally prompted you to seek us out?
I had been thinking about joining CrossFit for a few years under a friends advice. I had tried it twice, each time I was unable to walk for days afterwards and I thought you need to be a professional athlete to participate. It was only after I saw Coach Tim’s “flossing” video on the interweb that I thought, “This guy is promising a six-week fix.” his welcoming, funny video had me hooked.
4. What was your goal when you originally signed up?
My goal was to avoid medications for my medical conditions if at all possible. I have previously had some success with diet and running so I hoped the addition of weight training would be even more effective.
5. What have you liked best about working with us?
What I like most about KCF is the TRUE judgment free zone(s). It’s more about the classes testing each other and inspiring each other to compete and work harder.
6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?
I’m most proud of achieving a physical test of my abilities which has made a dramatic (tangible) impact on my professional work career. Secondly, I share the pride of being a co-founder of “Geriatric Way” (those of you who know; know).
7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?
Yes. My view of myself absolutely did change. I’m more confident of myself. I no longer believe that medications are the ONLY way to treat medical conditions AND I’m very happy with the way my clothes fit! (It’s not about my weight-lol)
8. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?
I would say, get off the couch and come in and try to test yourself. You’ll never know until you try a workout (or two). You do not need to be a champion athlete, just a person with the smallest amount of motivation, the rest of the coaches and membership will provide ALL the motivation you need to come back day after day.
9. Do you have any special moments/memories?
My most special memories are the ones where Jen and i get to work out together and friendships that we made while members here. I’m thankful for the Keystone CrossFit Family and look forward to seeing each person every day. I couldn’t imagine being at any other box.
10. What is your favorite movement/lift?
Well, my most favorite movement WAS the “farmers carry” until I was threatened for suggesting it (lol) but I’m fond of some of the physically abusive: kettle bell swings, wallballs (NOT cleans), deadlifts and when running is part of the WOD.
I’m humbled by this selection and blessed to have a supportive wife and children. I also would be remiss if I didn’t thank Coach Tim for his professional support and guidance. Finally, thanks to all of the “Geriatric Way” daily visitors who inspire me beyond words.