Steve - January 2014
Steve has come so far since joining CF2A. His physical transformation has been one of the best we have had in here yet. His drive and determination to stay in shape, even when traveling, is inspiring to everyone around him. Steve is such a great guy and his enthusiasm in his workouts is awesome to watch.
A couple days before our last team competition, one of our other members was left without a partner who had to drop out last minute. When I approached Steve to partner up with Bob, without hesitation, he said yes. With only a few days to practice they teamed up and were ready to go in no time! The day of the comp came and they were an amazing team! Steve shined under pressure with personal records and amazing perseverance. After a grueling day the guys ended up in 5th place out of 25 teams! It’s been exciting to see Steve’s progress and I can’t wait to watch him grow even more as an athlete.
What led you to CrossFit 2A?
My wife, Mary, led me to CrossFit 2A. We had moved to Acton in August and Mary had heard about CrossFit. She did some research and discovered CrossFit 2A. She mentioned to me that CrossFit 2A had a free trial session on Saturdays and encouraged me to try it out. The rest is history! Mary is as much responsible for my transformation as CrossFit 2A and I am grateful for her love and support.
What is the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself since you started CrossFit?
I have seen a lot of changes since I started CrossFit, but the biggest and most noticeable would be my change in appearance. The results with CrossFit for me were quick and very visible. Since I started, I am down two pant sizes and two shirt sizes. People who do not see me very often comment on how much I have changed.
In addition to my appearance, the biggest internal change I have seen is my cardio. Prior to joining CrossFit going up three flights of stairs left me winded. Now, I do not even notice a change in heart rate let alone respiration. As a result, I am to complete tasks easier and feel better throughout the day.
How do you balance traveling for work all the time and maintaining your new healthy lifestyle?
I work long hours and travel regularly for work. I had trouble balancing work and travel with a healthy lifestyle. The demands of work and travel made it easy to make excuses about not working out. Going out for every meal while on travel made it easy to excuse excessive and poor eating habits.
When I started CrossFit, I saw an opportunity to join a supportive community and also a place to push myself out of my comfort zone. While most of the work is considered individual contributor, I find it easy to hold myself accountable and fun to compete with others. CrossFit 2A offers a lot of opportunities and events to emphasize a healthy lifestyle. Between guest speakers and nutrition challenges you cannot help but get involved even if that means trying it yourself, but not actually signing up.
Now, when I travel, I look up boxes and plan for drop-ins. If I am unable to do a drop in then I modify a workout to fit the equipment of the gym from the hotel I am staying at. I communicate my workout plans with my colleagues as a way to hold myself accountable. To be honest, it is harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle on travel, but the rewards I have seen to date are motivation enough for me to continue down the right path. But all-in-all, CrossFit has given me the skills to live a healthy lifestyle while meeting the demands of my job.
You just recently competed in your first CrossFit competition, did you ever think you would become a CrossFit competitor and what did you think of your experience?
I would consider myself to be competitive and I have competed in other activities in the past including Judo. When I first started at CrossFit 2A, I witnessed people training for a competition and knew one day I would like to try. Honestly, competing in CrossFit came earlier than I thought, but the experience was amazing. The people and the energy really get you going. Before the competition, I did a trial run of all the WODs for the competition. Based on my results, I set some goals for myself that I wanted to achieve. I not only met, but also exceeded the goals I set for myself. Now that I have had a taste of CrossFit competition, I know more competitions are in my future.
What are your goals going forward and what do you think will help you achieve them?
In regards to CrossFit goals, I have a lot of them! Some examples of my goals include:
- New PRs: 450 DL, 405 BS, and 250 Clean
- New skills: DU, KPU, HSPU, and MU
- Competition: place in scaled and compete in RX
To achieve many of these goals I need to keep doing what I am doing. What I mean is that I need to stay motivated, continue to make progress, and continue to push myself. In addition, I feel like I am entering a new level with CrossFit. Some things that have taken me to the next level include the use of olys and in my spare time I find myself reading and watching more CrossFit material to get a deeper understanding of lifting and competing techniques.
At the end of the day though, my fitness and lifestyle goals are to be healthy and stay healthy in every aspect. Anything else is a bonus.
How has CrossFit 2A helped you in your day to day life?
CrossFit 2A has helped me in my day to day life in a variety of ways including:
- Appearance – I can really feel the difference
- Confidence – looking better makes me feel better and increases my confidence.
- Stamina – I can do things easier and for longer. I have a two year old son, Haven, and we are expecting our second baby later this year. Being able to keep up with the little ones’ energy is important to me.
- Motivation – I have more energy which makes it easier to get motivated.
- Community – people who care about your development and can support or encourage you.
- Personal Trainer – while it does not need to be one-on-one attention you have a group of coaches that plan each workout and give individual attention and feedback to your technique
- Variety – different workouts every time and a plan to ensure proper growth without injuries
What would you recommend to someone who is just starting out with CrossFit or is too afraid to try it?
My number one recommendation for anyone considering CrossFit is to give it an honest shot. What I mean is do not get discouraged, do not worry if you cannot do something, do not be afraid to be sore, do not be afraid to rest when you need to rest, and most importantly do not be afraid to push yourself. One of the best things about CrossFit in my opinion is that anything can be scaled or altered to the person and the skill level.
If you have not tried CrossFit yet then think about your fitness goals and what helps you excel. When I thought about my fitness goals and compared them with what CrossFit offers I knew I had found a perfect fit. For me, the following attributes are important and CrossFit delivers them:
Any other comments about your experience and transformation?
I look forward to my transformation in 2014. I enjoy working out more and I enjoy pushing myself harder. While I can understand how CrossFit is not for everyone, it is for me. While CrossFit is for me, not every CrossFit box would be for me. The coaches, the box, the community, and the workouts all contribute to the experience and the transformation. I would like to thank not only the coaches, but also every athlete at CrossFit 2A for their support as without you, I would not be where I am today.