GABE K ATHLETE PROFILE
Gabe has been with us since February 2013… We are lucky to have him training at the gym with us! His improvements over this last year have been very impressive!
Read below to get to know Gabe a bit more…
CFS Athlete Profile Questionnaire
First Name & Last Initial
When did you first start CrossFitting?
When did you first start training at CFS?
Favorite WOD/Least Favorite WOD
They all hurt at the time, but pay big dividends in the end.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background.
I was a competitive basketball player who nearly missed making a division 1 basketball team after a tryout during College. I continued to play basketball with other athletes who had played sports at a college and pro level and incorporated weightlifting into my routine as well.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
After moving to Denver in 2010, I was unable to get into a similar basketball/weightlifting routine that I had enjoyed in Washington DC, so for 3 years I struggled to stay motivated to remain at top physical condition. I have 3 small children, so I needed to maximize my workouts in a minimum amount of time. My wife had tried CFS, and she told me that I would love it. I was initially afraid that I would not be able to perform the workouts because I had only seen CrossFit on TV, and the workouts looked very intimidating. My weight had gotten up to 266 pounds (my playing weight was 230), and I decided that I would give CrossFit a shot.
I can still remember the fitness evaluation after my interview with Tayler. I think it was a modified Fran workout, and I knew I was out of shape. Needless to say, it was a struggle. I tried to sign up for a membership, but I could barely see the words on the computer screen. Luckily Tayler was there to help.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
I made a goal for myself to attend classes for 3 times per week. I was able to do that without fail for the first 4 months, and in that time I lost over 20 pounds. I also felt stronger, and my wife would make comments about my increased muscle definition.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I go to a lake house every summer with friends, and I used to sit and play cards while a group of guys would go for a run. Last year, one of the coaches gave me some ideas for a travel WOD that I could bring to the cabin. Nobody wanted to try my WOD, so banged it out myself. Before CrossFit, I NEVER would have done a workout by myself while a group of friends sat by and heckled me.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.
My favorite thing about Crossfit is that the workouts are a great combination of cardio and weightlifting. I have lifted weights my whole life, but working out at CFS has informed me about the form and warmup techniques that make a huge difference in performance. I had also never done a lot of the Olympic lifting that we do in class, especially the overhead exercises that have now become my favorites.
Any advice for people just getting started?
The hardest thing for me has been being OK with not being one of the best in class. I am no longer an elite athlete, but I have to remind myself of that from time to time. If you aren’t going to be a competitor, I think it’s best to compete against yourself. I keep a record of all my PRs and named WODs, so I can try to best each workout the next time I do it.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I get to shoot baskets with my kids and generally just chase them around. Our family has taken up skiing since we have moved to Colorado, and we also like to hike and hopefully get back into camping more.
A. Front Squat 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1; rest 2-3min
B. EMOM – 10min
Odd- KB walking lunge 50m (55/35)
Even- 6-10 GHD situps (SUB= 15-20 Weighted ab-mats)
10 Burpees AFAP
30 KBs (2/1.5pd)
10 Burpees AFAP