Westbank Warrior of the Month – July 2018
Name: Will Whitehurst
Occupation: Systems Engineer
Which class do you usually attend? 5:15PM
Favorite WOD: Any WOD with gymnastic movements involved
Favorite Lift: Actually starting to like Olympic movements.. totally need to work on them more however.
How long have you been CrossFitting? 2 years
What keeps you coming back? Every day is different when doing CrossFit. The challenges are dynamic, and this keeps my interests peaked. The people you meet at the box become your extended family. Getting in there with them and breaking down those physical and emotional boundaries together gives you something to look forward too daily. #fitfamteamwork 😉
How did you find CrossFit? I started hearing about it years back, entertained the idea of joining a box a few times but never got around to it, I was intimidated. Then CFA opened up just down the street from my house.. every day for about a year I would drive past it telling myself I would stop but never did. One day sporadically I just turned into the parking lot and went in. Andy greeted me at the door and gave me the low down… been here ever since… ☺
What is your athletic background? Never was much of a “sports” person. I‘ve spent time in the gym doing basic weight lifting here and there for about 10 years. Maybe a year or two of running. Nothing consistent.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? After doing Crossfit now for several years my confidence level has gone up outside of the gym. Daily obstacles and challenges are no longer as intimidating. You learn a lot about yourself and your capabilities in the gym, things you can apply in other aspects of life. Fitness wise I’m in the best shape of my life.
Is there something you have done here that you never thought you could do? Purposely put myself through pain and anguish only to wake up the next day and do it all over again. Who does that?
What motivates/inspires you? Results, both mentally and physically. To see the results is always a plus, but to mentally know you’re capable of doing what you just did drives you to keep coming back for more. Watching others push themselves and knowing what they’re going through at that exact moment inspires me, this is why I’m always hanging out after class watching from the sideline. I have nothing but respect for the other athletes around me knowing what they’ve accomplished and watching them push themselves daily.
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. Help others achieve their own goals. The amount of time and advice others have given me since joining CF is something I would like to give back when I’m capable.
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? My goals are ongoing with Crossfit, nothing really set in stone. Getting stronger, faster, learning new techniques, and improving what I already know is something that I will always have room to expand on. Mindset is something new I’ve been trying to put more focus towards. I have a lot left in the tank mentally and am working on pushing myself harder in this area.
Hobbies/interests outside of CrossFit: I’ve had an interest in marine aquariums for quite some time now. It’s a relaxing past time that is very rewarding for me to sit back and observe. Cooking is also something I enjoy. I’m always seeking out something new to screw up in the kitchen.
Tell me about your diet: I currently don’t have a strict diet that I follow. We eat clean for the most part, at least up until the point that my girlfriend brings home cookies and twinkies from the grocery store.. 😐
Any advice for new members? Well, if you’re “new” to CF you’re well on your way to figuring out how awesome it is! If you’re “on the fence” about joining, don’t b e. Attend a class and I’m positive you will be hooked. What sets CF and CFA apart from your average “gym” is not just what we do here, but also the people that make up CFA. From the coaches to the athletes you will look forward to coming back daily to smile, laugh, sweat, and pushing yourself through what will feel like hell at times. But in the end, you will have a level of satisfaction and accomplishment unlike anything else you’ve encountered and an extremely supportive extended family that will be right there with you enduring the ins and outs of your fitness journey.
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