How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started doing Crossfit in November 2014 when my wife Mimi and I joined Vintage.
What was your exercise program like before joining Vintage?
I play competitive ultimate frisbee and my exercise program included elements such as interval running, pull ups, and squats.
Why did you decide to participate in the 2015 CrossFit Open?
I wasn’t sure about it at first, but knowing there would be a scaled decision helped alleviate some anxiety and the fact its sign up was pitched at the start of every class for weeks helped wear me down.
Which workout did you find the most challenging?
It’s really hard to say, as I found all of the workouts extremely challenging. I was the most exhausted after 15.5 and had to learn 2 new skills to Rx 15.3.
Which workout was the easiest?
It’s hard to think of any of the workouts as easy, but 15.5 was my best overall finish, although I think it is the last workout I would choose to do again.
Did you set any PRs (Personal Records) during the Open?
I was fortunate to hit several fitness firsts during the open, including: a PR for my clean and jerk, first muscle ups, first hand stand push ups, and PR for my power clean.
Which Vintage Open team were you on and what was your team experience like?
I was happy to be a member of the Snatch Bandits. I am positive that I would not have achieved any of my PRs without the support of my #Snatchbandits teammates, fellow Vintage athletes, and the coaches/judges. The atmosphere at the Friday events was really something special.
Have you set any new fitness goals based on your experience during the Open?
I want to continue to work on my mobility and Olympic lifting technique. I also want to learn how to efficiently string gymnastics movements together rather than having to resort to single reps.