Wow – athlete of the month: a very humbling, yet motivating feat. I am honored to have been chosen for this, and I could not be more thankful to Ro and the rest of the coaching staff at TNT for nominating me. So, my essay begins. I was introduced to CrossFit during the winter of 2013, when I was telling my good friend Devin Cargill that I was having trouble losing more weight. I asked him what he did to stay in shape, and he told me he did CrossFit at TNT on New Town Boulevard. I said, “CrossFit? What the hell is that?” These questions lead to many hours investigating the internet for videos, blogs, anything to explain what exactly this training methodology was. Still with not much of an answer, I decided to attend the free class that TNT offers. I was so nervous for it, that I actually convinced Devin to come with me and go through it with me. I don’t remember exactly what I did in that class, but whatever I did it clearly convinced me to go home and talk to my parents about possibly becoming an official member. The first reaction from my parents was the same that I initially had, and then it was, “Wow. That’s expensive.” So, I decided to take on a job at Kohl’s (yes, go ahead and laugh). I did not even know much about CrossFit, yet I wanted to work endless hours so I could pay for it. There was just something about it. My journey in CrossFit officially began in December, and man has it been a ride. My progress was probably the slowest I’ve ever seen, but I was determined to get better. I went as many times as I could every week, and I began to improve more rapidly. However, the most improvement I have seen throughout my entire one year doing CrossFit was definitely in the past 3-4 months. My lifts have gone up exponentially, I have more endurance during work outs, and I’ve begun to learn certain movements that I’ve struggled with my entire time at TNT – pull ups. Dear God how I hated these, and in a sense I still kind of do, but I also love them. It’s kind of funny looking back and thinking about how I used to not even be able to figure out the kipping motion. For a long time I could not even do kipping pull ups without a band. Despite these obstacles I’ve had to face, I have overcome them, and just the other day I chained together my first set of 10 butter fly pull ups. It was so exciting for me, but of course Josh Huck was right there next to me to yell “NO REP!” Got to love that guy. To wrap it up, I have made tremendous progress. It may sound self-absorbed, but I know what I have accomplished and how hard I had to work. And I am extremely proud to say that because of CrossFit, I have become the most fit I have ever been in my entire life, and it is going to be what gets me prepped for BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Training) when I go after college. I have come to love CrossFit with all of my heart, and I owe a lot of gratitude to Devin for introducing me to it. If he hadn’t, I do not know if I ever would have decided to try it. He is essentially the reason I have become the most fit I have ever been. In addition to that, I owe my life to all of the coaches at TNT. They have given me a home away from home, and somewhere to work my ass off and still have fun doing so. Although I will be going away for college, I will continue my CrossFit career at CrossFit Fringe in Columbia, Missouri! Do not worry. I will never forget where it all began…EMBRACE THE SUCK!
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