We are proud to share our September Athlete of the Month;
Occupation: Account Manager (I sell paper like the folks in “The Office”)
Fitness background: Mostly recreational basketball
Hobbies:Making memories with the family in new places
Favorite pre/post workout meal: Pre: Burnt Turkey Sausage, Eggs and Toast. Post: Grilled Chicken, Avocados, and White/Jasmine Rice
More Fun Facts:
What Superpower would you want to possess?
Teleportation: I love to travel. However, I hate the process to get from point A to B. If I could teleport my family and friends places, life would be amazing.
When did you start Crossfit and why did you choose OP?
I started Crossfit sometime in August 2018. I had recently moved to Newport News from Richmond, VA, and was finding it hard to adjust to life in NN. I ended up joining several gyms in NN, trying to find social clubs/communities that I could relate to and create friendships out of #EpicFail. After some research and hearing friends in Richmond rave about their CrossFit gyms, I decided to give Crossfit a try. In doing so, I visited OP during one of the 9 am WOD’s. Di gave me a quick tour of OP, reviewed some of the perks, and to top it off a few of the members took some time out to greet me and encourage me to join. That did it for me. I knew right there that OP was what I’d been looking for, a family of athletes that would push me to be better.
What was your first workout/most memorable workout?
Hmm, I threw up immediately after a partner WOD recently, it was hilarious.
But my most memorable workout was 19.2 in the Open, which was a 20 min AMRAP that had multiple mini-AMRAP’s. The RX weight was too
heavy, so I scaled the WOD. If I remember correctly, Christy Runey judged me, and she just kept pushing me to do one more rep. Soon, I completed the first 8 min mini AMRAP, then entered my next 4 min AMRAP, then the next 4 min AMRAP, and finally, I was in the last 4 min AMRAP. The whole time I wanted to quit because the hanging knee raises, single-unders and squat cleans were victimizing me, but Christy and Trey made sure I kept pushing. I had no sense of relief but all the motivation in the world to continue when Trey said something to the point of “The pain isn’t going to stop; keep going!” I finished 428 reps out of 430 total reps, within the 20 min AMRAP. I highly do ubt I would’ve gotten that far without the support that I received, it was unreal.
What are your favorite Crossfit movements and why?
I love Burpees (Ok, love is a strong word here)! Initially, I hated them. I’d dreaded burpees so much that I’d skipped some of the WOD’s that contained them. I realized that I needed to change my mindset about them, so I did just that. In the last few months, I made a conscious decision to attend every WOD that had burpees and give them my all. Today, I can do as many burpees as needed without being intimidated.
How has Crossfit and the OP community helped you accomplish your goals?
My overall goal is to live a happy and healthy life so I can continue to make memories with family and friends. Working out is a passion of mine and OP provides the outlet that also relieves stress. OP has helped me to become more knowledgeable with nutrition, in specific the concept of Macros. I’ve been able to make smarter decisions on the types of food I eat, how often I eat, and how much to eat (I swear I saw my abs the other morning!). My short term goal is to do four local CF competitions in 2020. Everyone at OP directly helps with that, through mobility tips, pointers on improving various movements, and pushing me in WOD’s when I’m running on fumes.
What is your proudest Crossfit accomplishment?
There are so many. I guess my proudest accomplishment is just seeing my growth over the last year. Tracking workouts in SugarWOD and taking before and after pictures show the full story. Whether it’s getting a new PR or being able to do a new movement that I couldn’t do before, it’s helping me achieve my goal of living a happy, healthy life. Oh, I can’t forget, winning first place in the GRIT Men’s scaled division with Ron, Collier, and Craig was pretty awesome also #Champions
What’s something memorable you’ve realized or learned while being at OP?
I’ve learned that one of the most impactful and highly contagious things one can do in life is to celebrate the success of other people. I love seeing the PR board filled up at the end of each month, you guys are amazing! #RingTheBell
More from Terrance:
Thank you for welcoming me into the family!