1. When did you join CrossFit BC?
2. Why did you choose CrossFit?
I moved to Van the summer of ‘17, was looking for a hobby and a way to get fit. I met Mike Salmon through our kids school, he was hooked and convinced me to come down and try it. I immediately liked the whole body training, variety of sessions, and community/social side. Plus you get to wear cool socks, easiest decision of my life.
3. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
Fairly significant. I noticed physical differences after a few months in, then just continued with gradual improvements since. One of my goals is muscle gain, between Feb ‘18 and and early ‘19 I put on 10lbs in ‘good’ weight, and toned up. My wife jokes that about half of it went to my ass, with all the lower body work she’s not far off. Overall energy levels have increased and I feel stronger. I also used to struggle with muscle tightness and intermittent hip pain, but with increases in flexibility and mobility from training I now rarely have a problem.
4. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
The usual stuff really; regardless of what you did before or how fit you are, start slow, leave the ego at the door, turn up regularly. Listen to the coaches, they will advise on scaling where needed, and anything can be scaled so don’t be put off a workout. Better to scale and improve, than jump into an advanced movement and struggle or get injured. Also its a really friendly environment, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with new faces.
5. What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
That’s a tough one. There are those you prefer, there are those you hate, and then there are burpees. Given my height I’m more comfortable than most with Wall Balls, so I’ll go for that one. Recently started enjoying heavy weight lifting more, so anything with a barbell.
6. What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit?
I’ve got two young kids, so mostly family time and activities. I also coach my sons U9 football/soccer team, so that keeps me busy during the season.
7. What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Well, probably being nominated Athlete of the Month, then a close second would be completing the Summer Challenge last year, and thanks to my team mate not coming last!
8. Have you made any changes to your diet?
Loads. I’ve found this to be the big game changer in my overall performance, and felt like I made Big gains after I started to improve my nutrition. It’s become a bit of a hobby now. I had a good diet before, but not the right one for training, I partly trained so I didn’t have to worry about what I ate, now more often than not I’m eating to train. Wasn’t until I started to balance my macros and swap in the right carbs (sweet pots, brown rice, quinoa etc), became conscious of getting in more protein throughout the day, and then cut out sugar and processed foods, I noticed big improvements in stamina, general energy levels throughout my day, and improved toning. I focus more on getting a more solid meal in for breakfast and lunch, but also rely on shakes too. Eat tons of oats, sweet potatoes and eggs. More recently I started playing around with small changes, swapping out dairy, so now more reliance on soy milk. Then because I went mad on alcohol during lockdown and then realized how crap I felt, decided to cut right back, giving up for a couple of months, now only drinking once every couple of weeks when socializing. This just made me feel better all around, but also helped improve my sleep, which I think has helped my training even further. Two big vices – coffee and ice cream, and when I make it, the lesser well known Banoffee pie.
9. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve met three people at the club that thought I was a dentist, so you maybe surprised to know that I’m not a dentist.
10. What/who inspires you the most?
Watching the CrossFit games and various documentaries on events and athletes is pretty inspiring. When you know how tough it is you really appreciate how amazingly fit they are. Other than that I’m mainly driven but the desire to master the various movements, part drive and part frustration, at the moment Toes-to-bar are next on the list, just writing about them is starting to piss me off. Also setting a good example for my kids, would like them to grow up active, no doubt within a few years they’ll be kicking my ass in the gym.