SISU Featured Athlete
Many years ago a mentor of mine once shared a simple pearl of wisdom that has influenced my life thereafter. He said “I enjoy being out of my comfort zone because I know I am learning and growing.” With this principle in mind I started participating in self defense training (using a handgun) in 2012 at Sealed Mindset with a couple of friends. I met Jason Massie at the firearms studio and began my CrossFit Journey in Jan 2013 at SISU. Since then, while at SISU, I have absolutely been out of my comfort zone and the personal growth and reward has been worth it.
The beginning of CrossFit… Prior to starting CrossFit I ran and swam as my exercise regimen. I had no experience weight lifting growing up (I was a band geek). My first WOD involved swinging the smallest kettle bell coupled with burpees endured alongside fellow athletes Greg and Christine. I saw stars and was afraid of passing out, I did not finish. After the WOD, Coach Pat gave me some words of encouragement. My pull-ups started on the box (jumping). Everything was done using a 30lb bar, alone. In short, I started at the bottom…
One year later… Through consistent training 3-4 days a week I graduated my pull-ups through various bands, evolved to kipping unassisted and more recently butterfly kipping. Today, I am generally using “Intermediate weights” in WOD’s and continuously increasing my confidence in technique and performance. My wife is continuously amazed at the physical transformation my body has undergone. In short, I am the healthiest I have been in my life.
CrossFit helped me achieve this personal growth given two unique characteristics; (1) the WOD’s are always different (I am easily bored with repetition) and (2) the group workouts and camaraderie therein are motivating. A very memorable experience involved setting up my bar for a WOD one day thinking “This is a lot of weight but I’ll just drop some mid-WOD.” I would later have the group cheer me on as I finished without dropping weight thinking “Holy crap I just did that!”
I want to thank Jason and Pat for having the courage to start a business from scratch as well as the entire SISU team for having the tenacity to sustain the growth of the business so that others may experience the personal benefits that I have realized through Crossfit. Furthermore, thank you to my fellow athletes for the inspiration and encouragement to go further outside my comfort zone!