Why did you decide to join DHCF?
I decided to join DHCF because I grew tired of the standard gym workouts. Having always played sports growing up, I always had something to train and work for. Crossfit has given me that competitive edge that I had been missing so I can push myself and see progress from previous workouts.
How would you describe your first experience with CrossFit?
The first week was a real eye opener for me. Thinking I was in decent shape, I wasn’t all that nervous about the workouts. I found out very quickly that I was not in nearly as good shape as I thought I was. The simple workout “Log It” completely wore me out! A few days after I did my first “Fran” with banded pull-ups and an empty 45lb bar. I couldn’t believe how hard it was. I remember going home not thinking maybe Crossfit isn’t for me!
What has been your most memorable achievement at DHCF?
Most memorable moment has probably been finishing 3rd in the competition earlier this year with Jim Savasta. I went in with a completely open mind not thinking we were going to place and just wanted to have fun. Seeing the atmosphere and how supportive not only other DHCF members were, but the entire Crossfit community there just made me want to work even harder!
You saw some great improvements in this years Opens, how would you describe the Opens for someone a few months in CF and would you recommend for them to sign up?
Whether you are completely new to Crossfit, or have been doing it for years you should absolutely sign up for the opens. It’s not about how high on the leaderboard you finish. It’s just about finishing! It can serve as a benchmark and you can track your progress of how you are improving.
What words of advice would you offer to a new Elements graduate?
The best advice I can give anyone is to just keep showing up. The hardest part sometimes is getting to the gym when you don’t feel like working out. Just go! You’ll be glad you did after. If there are certain movements or skills you can’t do, don’t get frustrated. Use time before and after class or open gym to work on those. Practice makes perfect!