December 2013 – Athlete of the Month





AGE: 31

When did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in March of 2012 at Crossfit Carol Stream, then transitioned to Lykos when it opened in August.
A few details about yourself?
I have always had an interest in athletics. I grew up playing soccer and have played it since I was 5 up through college at Western Illinois. I enjoy doing pretty much any physical activity, although I especially love the outdoor ones, like camping and hiking. I love CrossFit because it better prepares you for anything life can throw your way. It gets you better at things you love as well as those that you would never expect. One of my favorite things about crossfit is experiencing all of the different approaches and points of view that everyone brings to the table. I’m still trying to get a handle on the paleo lifestyle and it’s one of my major goals for the new year ( I just love my pasta). I can’t wait to get a start on the new year and see what goals I can crush and what new ones will emerge.
What type of fitness were you doing before CrossFit?
Before CrossFit I was in the routine of lifting weights and doing a little bit of running.
What is your favorite and least favorite lift and/or movement?
Favorite : Strict Press
Least Favorite : Thruster
What was your favorite and least favorite WOD?

Favorite: Murph For time: 1 mile Run 100 Pull-ups 200 Push-ups 300 Squats 1 mile Run
Least Favorite: Fran 21-15-9 Thrusters 95# PullUps

How has your view about CrossFit changed since your first WOD at Lykos?
I love the coaching and support at Lykos. The knowledge of the coaches as well as the other athletes is great to see. It was obvious from the beginning, that CrossFit and health is a passion for the people at Lykos.
What are your 2014 goals? Did you accomplish any of your 2013 goals?
In 2013 I was able to get my first muscle-up, that was a good day. In 2014 I would like to be able to handstand and walk on my hands.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the box?
CrossFit has taught me keep going even when things are tough. Just like a tough WOD, just keep chipping away and moving and eventually you’ll reach your goal. It has also taught me to set goals and attack them day by day, what may seem unattainable really only takes hard work, time and commitment.
What advice would you give to a newbie CrossFitter?
My advice would be to stick with it and don’t give up. It may seem like a lot at first, but you’ll get better and better.
Describe yourself in one word.




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