June 19, 2013
Clean1 + Clean2 + Clean3
Push pressx2 + jerk
a) 8 rounds
b) 5 rounds
10 box jumps 30/24"
Athlete Profile: Connor
What was your athlete background before you started doing CrossFit?
-I played Division I baseball as a catcher for a year before I had to leave the team after I torn my pec (chest) muscle and deciding to pursue educational interests. After that I became obsessed with fitness, mainly running and lots of cardiovascular work, I dropped down to 130 pounds…. it was wasn’t pretty.
What brought you to CrossFit and FCSC?
-I kept seeing guys that were as ripped as me but 60 pounds heavier and throwing around massive weights like it was nothing…. That’s what I ultimately wanted.
Crossfit is a major departure from lots of long distance running and pure cardiovascular work, how was making that switch and how did it effect your cardio?
-Initially, i was really cocky and felt that i consistently needed to do more and more. I thought it was all about sweating hard and jacking your heart rate up. The smart training concept was a little lost on me. After a little while, and more then a little hand holding from the coaches, i learned to put my ego aside (with Brian and Tim's help haha), and to listen to the trainers and embrace the philosophy and community of FCSC. Since then I have not looked back and put on 30lbs of muscle and all of my lifts have either doubled or tripled and my one mile sprint time still remains around 5:40.
It is common for runners and other endurance athletes to feel intimidated by weightlifting. Did you feel this and how did you over come it? Do you have any advice for endurance athletes?
-I was humbled by weightlifting to say the least. My advice to endurance athletes is to not be scared of change. Dedicate a month or two to nothing but strength training. Listen and follow to the coaches programming.
Whats your favorite thing about FCSC?
How has FCSC changed you?
-Ah man so many ways, I'm happier, healthier, stronger, more humble, and i want to think I'm more coachable (he totally is)
Any suggestions for starting athletes?
-If your willing to do the following you will see improvements like never before:
- Listen to your coaches
- Put your ego aside
- Forget weight numbers when starting, focus on the correct technique and the numbers will follow.
- Don’t be shy, I’m 22 and act like a 4 yr old in the gym. I have fun but train hard, and that’s what FCSC is all about.
Body weight: 135 to 165