Brad, November 2015
November 2015 Rogue of the Month is Brad!
Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…
I am originally from Minnesota and relocated to the Rogue Valley to take a position at Southern Oregon University. Between my career and two degrees, I’ve spent over twenty years in higher education. My profession is actually information technology, but its application in education is what drives my interest and passion. I’ve also coached debate and speech at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. Coaching is like the best parts of being a teacher without any of the bad. My wife and I have been married for over 14 years. We have two very large German Shepherds who insist on sharing our bed.
How long have you been CrossFitting ? How did you hear about RVCF ?
I started CrossFitting just a little over two years ago. My wife and I were looking for an activity that we could do together. She attended one of the free classes and thought that I might like it. So, one night, we showed up and gave it a try.
What training did you do before CrossFit ?
I spent nearly 10 years in the Army National Guard, so, to keep fit, I mostly ran and did body weight exercises like push-ups and sit-ups. However, I’ve never been an athlete and I was usually the last one chosen during neighborhood pickup games growing up 🙂
How has CrossFit impacted your life ?
I am happier and healthier. I look forward to working out at the end of my day. It clears my mind and I get to see a great group of people. The latter has been the most unexpected thing about CrossFit: the community. I’ve dropped in at other CrossFit gyms all over the country and I’ve always felt welcome.
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
Actually, I have two. The first was watching my wife finish the CrossFit Open Workout 14.5. I had completed the same workout a few days prior, so I knew it was tough. Although she was the last one to finish, the whole gym cheered and gave her encouragement to finish. It really demonstrated the community that CrossFit and RVCF, in particular, engenders.
The second is when I completed my first unassisted pull-up workout. It took nearly a year, but I left the big rubber band behind and I haven’t looked back.
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
I like MetCons (metabolic conditioning); fast, high intensity workouts that include a variety of movements. Sure, that kind of describes CrossFit in general, but I like the 15 or 20 minute extended workouts. Lots of CrossFitters groan when there’s running, but I’m relieved that it’s not rowing.
Something that was completely new to me is Olympic weightlifting. It’s immensely satisfying to land a heavy clean and jerk or a snatch.
Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members ?
Don’t be intimidated and don’t think you have to be in shape to get started. There are no mirrors and no one is standing around judging you. Instead, you’ll find great instruction from the coaches at RVCF and encouragement from your fellow CrossFitters. You won’t get every movement right the first time and that’s okay. Just try to do a little better every workout and soon enough, you’ll be the one giving advice to new CrossFitters.