Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living.
I was born in Klamath Falls and raised in the Rogue Valley. After High School I joined the Air Force as a Police Dog Handler. After four years I returned to the valley. I worked as a police officer until I received an offer to work for the Postal Service. I started as a Part Time Letter Carrier. Over the years I became a supervisor, then manager and finally a Postmaster. I retired in March of 2009. I have been married for 34 years and have a son who attends OSU.
How long have you been CrossFitting? How did you hear about RVCF?
I started CrossFitting at RVCF in Nov of 2012, about 7 months.
In the fall of 2012 I went to a CrossFit seminar on Goal Setting. At the end of the “class room seminar” we did a workout. It totally crushed me. I decided right then that I wanted to do CrossFit. When I got home I checked out the local CrossFit boxes and decided to join RVCF.
What training did you do before CrossFit?
Prior to CrossFit I worked out at a local gym. Some weight lifting and lots of cardio. One hour on an elliptical was normal. I convinced myself I was in pretty good shape.
How has CrossFit impacted your life?
CrossFit has impacted all facets of my life. I’m healthier and have a better fitness level. I have more energy, sleep better and have less aches and pains. I have met a bunch of great people and have had the opportunity to suffer with them during WOD’s.
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
I have two:
First, was the first time Jake worked with me on going snatches and overhead squats. We were working with a 15 pound bar. I dropped the bar, knocking my glasses off. The look on Jake’s face was priceless. I have since done a 100 pound snatch and 65 pound overhead squat. Why? Because Jake doesn’t give up on you.
Second, months ago we were doing a long WOD that had a run at the end. I was wrecked. I started the run and about 3 or 4 guys came with me to help and encourage me to finish. That was amazing and something I will never forget. All those guys had already completed the workout and then went back out with me. Speechless.
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
Don’t have a favorite WOD. I like the fact that workouts are constantly varied. What I enjoy is accomplishing what I couldn’t do before and seeing others do the same. I enjoy hearing the encouraging words that members give to each other.
Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members?
My words of advice:
Check your ego at the door.
Listen to the coaches. They are there to keep you safe and help you become the best you can be
Work hard and do YOUR best. That is all that matters. Becoming the best version of YOU is the goal.