Prior to January 2013……I’d been “playing” around with CrossFit thanks to my good friend and fellow Ninjutsu practitioner, Rich Borgatti, Jr. who runs Mountain Strength Fitness in Winchester, MA. In December 2012, Rich emailed me to say that a box was opening in my town. I took my first class on January 8, 2013 at Reebok CrossFit Medfield and it changed my life.
What I love about CrossFit is the way it simultaneously humbles and empowers you. Looking at the WOD (workout of the day) can make you apprehensive. “How am I going to do THAT?” But then you get in there, get it done, and at the end, you realize that you’ve just done something truly challenging, “embraced the suck” as it were, and emerged on the other side a better, stronger person. It is awesome.
I’m extremely fortunate to have two amazing coaches at the box in Spencer Hendel and Luis Alvarez. These men are incredible athletes full of knowledge and experience and I can’t thank them enough for getting me in the best shape of my life.January 2015 marks my 2-year anniversary since starting CrossFit. These are my 1RMs for the following lifts, which I’m always working to get higher:
Bench Press: 215#
Back Squat: 305#
Push Press: 215#
Strict Press: 155#
Front Squat: 275#