My wife, Rebecca, has been the single biggest advocate in my life for physical fitness. As a founding member of Turbine, she was passionate about the box, and for my birthday last year, she bought me a Foundations training course.
With Adam as my Foundations Coach, I was completely knocked-out by the level of knowledge and care that he brought to our training sessions. I was also immediately put at ease, due to both his personal approach, as well as by the various ways that things could be scaled and modified. That approach was something I had never experienced before, either as a student athlete or as an adult member of a gym. Since then, each and every coach at Turbine has exhibited that same standard of professional knowledge and personal approach.
I can’t exactly pinpoint my first bright spot, but at some point within my first 6 months here, I realized that I had turned a certain corner, where the WOD’s felt different in a really good way. I went from feeling beat-up, sore, and fatigued, to feeling stronger, recovering more quickly, and finding myself eager to take on the next WOD. So I think my bright spot was the realization that CrossFit is right for me, and a really good fit.
Recently, I’ve been taking extra classes at Turbine, so I’m working on Olympic lifting and gymnastic skills. For lifting, it’s about powering up that bar and catching it in the most efficient manner, keeping it close to the body, and using the whole body to be explosive. For gymnastics, it’s strengthening the core and my grip, getting good ring and bar work in, and working on my kipping technique. I’m also working on building my rowing abilities, as a result of The Virtual Challenge last month. I’d like to improve my times on various distances, and challenge myself to keep adding to my total meters, and be part of Concept2’s Million Meter Club.
My favorite memory at Turbine is really a collection of experiences with the members and coaches. Being part of a community, speaking the language and knowing the ways, and connecting with everyone has really made an imprint on my life this past year. They are positive experiences that I’ll carry with me, always.
The January rowing challenge was so unique. From a technical standpoint, I learned a lot about rowing, and how to be more efficient at it. It’s a constant process of refinement in order to get better and better at something. And I can then take that approach to all the other skills and movements we do at the box. When you row that many meters in a relatively short time frame, you really have to commit, mentally and physically. So it was a really important exercise in being tough and seeing something through. And that’s something you need to bring to the WOD’s, in particular, because some of them can be crazy tough.