When Abe first walked in the door 6 months ago, it was a fun moment. We both immediately recognized each other from our time at Bellarmine, Go Bells!, but we were in different classes, so it took a few minutes to put the puzzle pieces together and figure our paths crossed while we were in school together.
Abe’s a natural athlete with an inquisitive mind and a hell of a sense of humor. He picks up on instruction quickly, thinks through things and implements them well, and because of these traits he’s seen some quick success in CrossFit.
Every one of our coaches and his fellow members immediately smile when he walks in the door and he is a great addition to our community. Keep up the great work, Abe!
Here is a little interview with Abe about his experiences here at Cróga CrossFit:
(Coach Dave): When did you join Cróga?
(Abe): I joined Cróga in September of 2015 after months of working up the nerve to start CrossFit.
(D): What were you doing before for fitness?
(A): Before Cróga, I was really only focused on my diet, which helped me drop a decent amount of weight, but for exercise I did some pushups here and there and would even go on a mile jog every month or so and shockingly that wasn’t really helping.
(D): What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
(A): My first workout was a 7 minute AMRAP of wall balls, sit ups and 200m run. It was pretty embarrassing how terrible I was but I was very pleased with myself when it was over.
(D): What’s your least favorite WOD?
(A): My least favorite WOD is anything with burpees or running, I’m still way too damn heavy for that stuff.
(D): What do you love about CrossFit?
(A): The camaraderie at Cróga is what I like most about CrossFit. I try really hard to not take myself too seriously, and was worried everyone would be super intense and boring, which is definitely not the case! I also really appreciate all the coaches (and Charlie too, who I’m told is a coach but in my experience just hangs around the gym and makes smart ass remarks) for motivating me and pushing me to do things I didn’t think I was capable of. I am amazed at stuff I can do now that I couldn’t before.
(D): What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
(A): My biggest culinary discovery would be that apparently I turn into an empty pit after a workout (or just always) and its really easy to justify eating like crap because “I just worked out, I earned a few calories.” I have to be very aware of how important a good diet is, and I was shocked how much better I felt in class when I was eating right.
(D): What’s your biggest fitness goal for 2016?
(A): My biggest fitness goal in 2016 is just to keep showing up! As long as I’m coming to classes I’ll be happy.
(D): What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
(A): For anyone who is considering joining Cróga, I highly recommend taking the plunge! CrossFit can definitely be intimidating, but I am really happy with the supportive community I have found and it’s really not that scary. More importantly, you also don’t have to be good to enjoy it and see benefits. I’m much closer to the bottom of the leaderboard than the top (and I routinely get beat by a very pregnant woman) during workouts and somehow after not working out consistently since high school, going to Cróga is one of the highlights of my day. I also met my girlfriend at Cróga and she threatened to beat me up if I didn’t mention her in this interview so “Hi Caitlyn!”