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Let’s meet Spotlight Athlete – Sean

By CFBadmin | In Blog | on April 9, 2016

When did you first start training at CFB? 
March 2015, coming up on a full year

Favorite WOD or Movement (Ex: Double Unders, Thrusters, Etc.) 
WOD– Probably Murph, because I got destroyed when I did it. Movement – Cleans

Least Favorite WOD or Movement (Ex: Burpees)
Med Ball Runs

Tell us about your sports & fitness background. I mostly did marching band in high school but in college I got into rowing. I rowed all four years of college but when I moved to LA, that wasn’t really an option. In Grad school I did Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for about 6 years before moving to Pasadena but was looking for something new that fit into my schedule more once I started work and that’s how I ended up at CrossFit.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I honestly don’t remember the content of my very first WOD, I know it was with Mike and it was one of those starter WOD’s that I to this day regret not taking a picture of the white board just for benchmarking purposes

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
Besides actually seeing results in my weightlifting I would say the biggest change is mental. I may not necessarily look forward to the content of the workout every morning but I look forward to seeing people in class and I know I’m going to start my day off with a good workout, which really sets the rest of my day up nicely. I never really paid attention to whether or not CrossFit changed my body but I would say the first time my fiancé grabbed my arm after going for a couple of months and said “your arm feels bigger” was worth the price of admission.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I would say that looking at fitness from a holistic approach has probably been the biggest surprise, for me. I did a lot of sports but taking care of fitness usually stopped as soon as I left the gym but I think CrossFit sort of encourages you to think about how to take care of your body so you can come and push yourself as much as possible both in the short term and long term. That includes, diet, sleep, managing stress as well as others. It’s something I’m still working on to this day.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFB moments. I remember the first few months of CF were super hard for me because I was learning a lot of new things and also focusing on strength training in a way that I never had before. Also, I was pretty out of shape. I think the defining moment of CF for me was when I came in on Memorial Day, 2015 and we did Murph. I remember staring at the board and thinking “how in the hell am I going to do 100 pull ups” because I’ve struggled with pull ups my entire life. Full disclosure, I didn’t do the workout RX, I did jumping pull ups but I don’t think I’ll forget the feeling after the workout of accomplishing something that when I started, I thought was totally impossible. I think what’s great about CF is that it teaches you to always formulate a plan for your workouts and movements, to do them in the most efficient way possible. It’s something I take with me outside of the gym.

Any advice for people just getting started? Ask tons of questions, don’t be afraid to scale the workouts. I think the hardest thing when you get started is you have a bunch of exercises and movements thrown at you that you’ve never seen before and you get a little caught up in worrying about how the other people in the gym might perceive you. We’ve all been there, we’re all there to have a good time, and we all want to help you.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? 
I am a pretty legitimate super nerd. I read sci-fi books and play way too many video games. Sometimes I think I got into working out so I could justify playing my xbox. Outside of that I try to go hiking and visit airplane museums whenever I can.

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