As Kelly and I looked back on 2013 and thought of things that we wanted to do in 2014, a Member of the Month spotlight was at the top of the list.
With that being said, we will be featuring one of our awesome members each month, writing a blog post about them with some Q&A and giving them their very own RPM Speed Rope as a gift.
For our very first month, January 2014, we are proud to announce our Member of the Month is Sam L!
Sam has been a member for more than six months now and we have had the pleasure of watching him lose a substantial amount of weight, continue to add strength to an already very strong frame and become much more flexible at the same time. Sam and his girlfriend, Pareesa, have become a very important part of our community through outstanding attendance and participation in all our events and we are happy to see them each and every time they walk in the door with a big smile on their faces and ready to work.
Now for some Q&A with the man of the month:
Dave: What kind of shape were you in before you joined Cróga?
Sam: I would have to say I had a pretty good workout routine but a horrible diet. I was going to the gym 5 days a week but not pushing myself hard as I worked out. I thought my cardio was good until I got hit with the Cróga reality that I was not at all as fit as I thought.
D: What were you doing before for fitness?
S: Weights for 30-45mins and then 1 hour of some type of cardio.
D: Your attendance has been awesome and you love hitting a “burner” bodyweight WOD after lifting sessions, what drives you?
S: Beating my coach at a WOD motivates me. I would just have to say that since I have started CrossFit I have noticed such a good change in my body, mind, and choices as far as health that doing extra keeps me going harder. I like the way I feel after a workout even though it hurts. I don’t push myself enough so the people and WODs at Cróga do it for me.
D: What improvements have you seen in the way you look feel and perform?
S: I’ve dropped 30lbs, learned how to fuel my body properly and I’m so much stronger then ever before. I just feel better all around.
D: What do you love about CrossFit?
S: The community and the ever changing workouts. It’s everyday cardio and movements that I’m doing and it’s made into a kick ass workout.
D: What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
S: Spaghetti squash. I had never heard of it before the Whole30.
D: What’s your biggest fitness goal for 2014?
S: Possibly compete in some type of CrossFit event. But I really want to improve all my times, scores and max weights of lifts.
D: What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga CrossFit?
S: Stick with it, try your best and you will see results and have fun doing it.
Congratulations again, Sam! We love having both you and Pareesa as members and integral parts of our community. We are looking forward to watching you continue to progress throughout 2014 and will be there to push you to new heights and support you in that first CrossFit competition.