When Rick walked in the door, I immediately knew we had a former athlete on our hands and that he was going to be a fun “project”. It turns out I was right, Rick was a track & field thrower and offensive lineman throughout college and even got a tryout with the Cleveland Browns after he was done with school.
Rick has been one of our most consistent members in terms of attendance, rarely missing a 7 am class when he’s not out of town for work and his performance and results show it. Rick has consistently gotten stronger month over month since he’s been here for over a year and has continued to lose weight and become “gymnastically inclined”, which he’s said many times is something he never thought would be possible for such a big guy.
You’ve done some amazing things already Rick and we’re looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for you. Keep it up!
Here is a little Q&A with Rick about his experiences here at Cróga CrossFit:
(Coach Dave): When did you join Cróga?
(Rick): I first walked through the doors to try the free intro class on August 8, 2014. I had been driving by on Meridian every day for months and noticed the standup signs that were in the back of Dave’s truck parked out on the street in the evenings. My wife persuaded me to give Crossfit a shot as a way to get back in to some sort of routine, and so I signed up for the intro class, survived my first week as a member being “Body Weight Week” and have enjoyed meeting everyone and improving my overall fitness level over the last 14 months or so.
(D): What were you doing before for fitness?
(R): I was casually running, occasionally, when I felt like it, and kind of sort of doing some situps between commercials. In general my overall fitness had deteriorated from my college days of playing football, and even from my post college days of training for a half marathon and working to just drop weight. I kept telling myself I wanted to get back into the gym, but never seemed to make it happen.
(D): What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
(R): I feel like I have found a very different level of fitness than I ever achieved before in my life. I have always been big and strong, but have never been able to do some of the more basic body weight physical acts, like a pull up, before. One of the most fun things about my time at Cróga has been discovering that I have never been able to do before. This includes everything from toes to bar to a strict pull up, while also seeing general strength numbers increase at the same time.
(D): What’s your favorite WOD?
(R): Something not too long, not too heavy, and definitely where you get to put the bar over your head. (Unless you hit yourself in the nose with the bar on the way back down… Not that I know anything about that…)
(D): What’s your least favorite WOD?
(R): Any chipper that hides the number of burpees that you have to do somewhere in the middle! (especially when you forgot to look at the workout the night before and wander into the gym not expecting to do them…)
(D): What do you love about CrossFit?
(R): The variety. I love the fact that all I have to do is get to the gym in the morning. Once I get there I know I’m going to be challenged. Some days I walk in and get excited about a heavy Oly lift day, and some days I get excited about a print row. The ability to have a varied workout, that is easy to go, and that you get to try to do in a friendly/competitive way (always have to try to beat the guys at 6 AM!) is awesome.
(D): What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
(R): The effect that diet can have on your overall level of fitness. While I always knew it was important, doing the 5 week challenge earlier this summer illustrated the effect that just changing your diet can quickly have on overall fitness and physique. Also, I discovered how easy it is to do healthy crock pot meals for the whole family.
(D): What’s your biggest fitness goal for the rest of 2015?
(R): I want to be able to string 5 strict pull-ups together and if the moon and stars align be able to do a handstand pushup.
(D): 20,000 box jumps or 20,000 kettle bell swings?
(R): Kettle bell swings. Not even close.
(D): Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
(R): Shout out to the AM crew. Especially the extra credit crew at 6 AM who not only make me feel bad for not waking up earlier, but then say longer, and work harder than I do!