How/when did you get involved in CrossFit?
Last November. Two weeks prior, I called Cole, bought him a beer, and asked him what CrossFit was. I knew I needed a kick in the ass, and other parts of the body too, and knew it would do the trick. I used to play hockey and I loved the plyometrics training. Explosive movements at high intensity. But I wanted to run, jump, lift heavy things with grace and have more fun at the playground with my kid. I wanted to feel younger, live a more adventurous life and most importantly repair the damage I did to my body after years of smoking 2 packs a day, being a workaholic, abusing stimulants and not sleeping. In many ways, CrossFit is a part of my life repair/recovery. I invest everyday in the person I hope to be, and move further away from the person I was.
Do you remember your first workout?
Barely. I remember it was 5:30 am, and cold outside. I biked there and back, and I had more energy afterwards than I ever remember. I remember it was a small class size, but Cole introduced me to the class and everyone was super welcoming. Also, I got home with my workout before school started and I got to talk about it. And….I was really excited to talk about it afterwards, and I haven’t really stopped talking about it since. Do you even CrossFit if you don’t talk about CrossFit.
How was it?
It was hard, definitely learned not to try and eat a full breakfast at 4:30 am, but I finished and It felt good to be returning to a more athletic period in my life. I loved it.
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?
What’s that finance term… “everything up and to the right?” A WOD is life, it can be short, long, hard, easy, but it’s not up to you. You can do the same one on two different days and it will feel totally different. But if you go for it, you never regret it.
My life has trended up in every way. Having an outlet outside of my work life has opened up doors to my career that I never was able to access before.
I’m an actor and transforming into characters is so much fun. For the first time I was able to sit down with someone(Cole, you deserve an award) and figure out how to adjust my diet and workout to achieve a certain look and skill.
Everyday I become mentally stronger. I’m able to look at a difficult WOD and develop a strategy to overcome my fear of it and use my strengths to my advantage.
This is basic problem solving 101. This is a life skill. Before I even touch a barbell I’m developing one of the most important life skills you can have.
Favorite lift and WOD?
Oh yeah… for the first time in my life I could clean all day. For WOD, I think it would be the chief, but doing half Cindy is my favorite way to keep in shape on the road. Half Cindy, cuz I’m not crazy… I enjoy any workout that keeps you moving, has short rep schemes, and involves bodyweight.
What about your least favorite?
Oh man I can’t stand thrusters. But my mobility is getting better and one day I’ll stomach those fuckers.
What are your fitness/health goals? Is there a specific diet or nutritional habit that helps you with your goals?
My short term goals are always changing, depending on how busy my work life is and what kind of aesthetic my work life calls for. As an actor I play a lot of different characters, and if I have the time and space, I like to morph into them. But my long term goals remain consistent. My long term goal is, I want to wipe my own ass when I’m 80 and stand up when I’m done.
What motivates you?
Podcasts. Movies. Stories. Breath. Cold showers. Early mornings. Simplicity. Other people. Seeing other people achieve their goals. Watching someone try something new. I find inspiration in so much lately. My family is definitely an inspiration to me. I want to be the best me I can be for them. For me, that means getting in touch with my physical and spiritual side. CrossFit does that for me. It also encourages me to take care of what I’m putting in my body. If I’m not putting good foods in my body my body doesn’t recover as well. When I don’t recover well, I don’t go to CrossFit as often or if I do I don’t enjoy it as much. That starts a pretty negative cycle.
Do you have any advice for new members?
Oh … I’m the prince of unsolicited advice so this is a list. Take your Instagram and start following body positive accounts, inspirational athletes, nutritionists, and make it your vision board. Listen to the podcast @ChasingExcellence. Try many different sports. Log your workouts. Prep your meals. Cut your vegetables and put em in a big Tupperware container for the week. Set yourself up for success by setting a long term health goal that isn’t related to image. Drink more water. Watch a CrossFit documentary when your feeling beat up or burnt out. Occasionally create your own WOD.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
I’m going continue to refine and develop my gymnastics skills, and strengthen my Olympic lifting technique.
Join the 300 club for back squat.
Join the 400 club for deadlift.
And I’ll be walking on my hands by thanksgiving.
Anything else you’d like to add.
A year and a half ago I was 245lbs, I’m 185lbs today. Weight loss will happen, don’t make it your only focus. Focus on learning the skills. Focus on showing up well fueled. Focus on recover. Everything else is just time.
CrossFit isn’t about lifting big or fast on day 1 it’s about active living at age 85. Have fun. Smile through the tough stuff, be kind to yourself, and breathe.
Ohh, if your still reading this, awhile back, we were doing the filthy 50 and I was about to quit. It was too hard. I was gassed. I hadn’t learned to pace myself yet and I went out of the gate hard and didn’t have the conditioning to keep moving. Somebody finished really fast, saw me struggling and got down right next to me and finished the workout alongside with me. Thanks for that.