chris
February 26, 2012

Sunday CFer

LTF always brings serious determination and high energy!

Age: 30
How’d you hear about it/When did you start?
I had heard about CF from a few people when i moved to berks county, and then Jordan started going in January of 2011. He would come home and ramble on about how challenging and rewarding the workout was. So two weeks later I gained some courage and went on a Wednesday evening. That class kicked my butt, but just like Jordan said, I walked out with a smile on my face and a sense of accomplishment. Looking back that class changed me, and that was it I was hooked.

Why do you like CF? Or something about why you keep coming back?
I don’t just like CF, I am addicted. I still get that same sense of reward and accomplishment every time I go. I look forward to screaming yeah yeah yeah, the fun energy, the high that you get from pushing yourself, and most of all I love being with the amazing people that go to CF. Its more than a gym, its a great group of friends with the same goal in mind, great physical and mental fitness.

Do you do other activities to stay fit/or what is your general fitness routine?
I have always enjoyed being active, but my favorite thing about CF is that it gives you the strength and fitness to enjoy other workouts too. I just got into triathlons last year, and I am currently training for my first Olympic triathlon. Thus I try to make my workouts balanced; CF 3 times a week, a little swimming, a bit of running, some biking, and yoga to keep me balanced and healthy enough to keep going.

In what ways has CF helped you?
CF has not just helped me, it has truly changed the way I look, feel, and view working out in general. Plus it gave me the encouragement I needed to change my diet. Right around the time of the first weight loss challenge, I found out I have high cholesterol. I wanted to be proactive, and change my diet instead of going straight to medication. And what did you know about 30 people were doing the same thing at CF! So I went on the zone diet, logged my stuff in livestrong, and I have currently lost 14 pounds. Crazy!

Most and least favorite CF exercises?
I know I am going to regret saying this later, but two my favorite cf exercises are bends and thrusts and burpies. Perhaps because I am short, but I just find them fun. Sounds strange I know. When I am having a hard moment at work, or a bad day I do some bends and thrusts and it puts me in a better mood.

Least favorite is not an actual exercise it’s the formation …. Shoelace. No matter how many times Chris and Matt explain it I get the whole thing wrong. You can see me start to sweat when I see thats what we are doing. And I will make people run, sorry. I always feel bad for my partner in shoelace.

What’s a personal challenge you have at CF?
Eventually I want to be able to do pull ups. I’m almost there, working my way down to smaller bands, and practicing my kipping.

Most memorable moment?
I freaking love capture the flag. It is so fun. Plus I absolutely love the tad bit of competitive nature every CFer gets. Looking at me, I don’t think many would peg me as competitive. But get me on a team, and face me against Melissa Hazlett, Mike Kuhn or any other competitive CFer, I will kick some butt. Shout out to my team this year, Kristen Gerhard, Brian Williams and Jordan. Although we didn’t win, I will take my team any day!

Is there something you’d like to see at CF?
I would love to see more of my friends and family at CF. I want to share with so many of my loved ones the joy I get out of CF. I thought the new beginners class was a great place to start. It gives newbies the reassurance that they can get through a class, and a little more attention to do so.

chris
Comments
  • Wicasa Yatapika February 26, 2012 Reply

    Inspiring write-up LTF! You definitely have the CF Phreak mentality and you bring it every time you come through the door! It’s always interesting to hear peoples stories…but I must say your’s is a first…never heard anyone comment …”bends and thrusts make me smile”…you are certifiably a Phreak! Hah! Awesome to see your hard work has manifested itself in results! Yeah, yeah, yeah!

  • DanO February 26, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Doc! We are all happy to have you and Jordan on the CF Team ( unless we’re doing a Shoelace, of course : ) ).

  • Melissa Hazlett
    Melissa February 26, 2012 Reply

    Yahoo LTF!!!!! Good stuff! Congrats on your 14 lbs!!!!! I TOTALLY see you as a competitor!!!! You go get em’!

  • Kyle February 26, 2012 Reply

    Excellent Sunday CFer profile!! Yeah Yeah Yeah!!!

  • Nat February 26, 2012 Reply

    Yeah, yeah, yeah LTF! Bends and thrusts is my favorite too. You are a Phreak! I had to laugh when you said you do them at work. I do pushups and air squats; but it’s when I’m freezing and need to warm up 🙂
    You are awesome! Always love seeing you there!

  • Jan February 26, 2012 Reply

    So nice to have you at CF! You’re always smiling and ready to go, and that is sooooo appreciated!! Glad you’re hooked!

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