When did you first start CrossFitting?
I started Cross Fitting in October of 2012 and I started with 818
Tell us about your sports and fitness background
I played baseball and basketball throughout my child hood until I was about 15 and then I focused strictly on Lacrosse and that became my main sport for me throughout high school
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD...what was it, and how did it feel?
I was first exposed to 818 when I was running down Brand Blvd and I saw a gym full of squat racks and barbells and I realized that it was a crossfit gym
I have no clue what my first workout was, but I know that anything with a barbell back when I first started was absolutely horrendous because I had zero mobility and was a weak and small runner
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I wasn't really taking crossfit to seriously until the beginning of June when one day after a workout I was going to do some toes-to-bar Tyler told me to back squat instead, so I did. I squatted 95lbs for a 3x5 and it was the terrible and after I squatted Tyler told me start pressing, deadlifting, and squatting every week. That lead to me doing the linear progression strength training program and I followed that program religiously for 4 months.
After the 4 months I had gained 50lbs of mass I went from weighing 125lbs to 175lbs and more importantly my squat went up 150lbs from 95lbs for 3x5 to 245lbs for a 5x5. My 5RM deadlift started at 145lbs and my 5RM is up to 320lbs. I am incredibly satisfied with my transformation from being a small 125lbs to a strong 175lbs
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
Everything that I commit to in my life I give it my 100% effort and I knew that committing to getting stronger and become a better athlete it was going to be extremely hard but I was ready. Putting on 50lbs and adding nearly 200lbs to my deadlift and 150lbs to my squat in 3 months were things that I could have never imagined myself doing
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF 818 moments:
I don't have a particular favorite 818 moment but everyday it is great to be at 818 and be around genuine people with a positive attitude
Any advice for people just getting started?
Commit yourself to Crossfitting and it will change your life in a positive way and more importantly enjoy the process and the experiences along the way
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
My life outside of Crossfit and what I am passionate about is music. I am a producer and artist and I own my own Production Company, record label, and management company
6 rounds for time:
24 Walking Lunges
Posted by Zareh.