Congratulations to our February Athlete of the Month – PAUL!
Paul is one of the most hardworking athletes at SCF. After a long hiatus, I have seen him walk into the gym at 7am (before work) to do Shoulder Press and Deadlift, and then walk BACK into the gym at 6:30pm (after work) to finish the other two! That takes some serious dedication. Best part is, he does it all with a smile. Especially bench.
Here’s what our February super-stud had to say:
1. Tell us a little about yourself and what made you try Crossfit?
I started weightlifting in high school and worked with a couple trainers over the years but I had really plateaued weightlifting on my own and lost motivation. I had a couple friends who tried CrossFit and really enjoyed it. They saw good results and enjoyed the social aspect of it. Working out with others really pushed them and I can say the same now. Shortly after coach Isaac took over the gym is when I really started to look forward to CrossFit. The previous coach was good too but the workouts were very random and all over the place. I like the current workout regime where we methodically track our gains and can expect certain lifts on certain days. It helps me with motivation to see the progress and gains in weight.
2. What is your favorite Crossfit memory? Or best accomplishment so far?
Lifting 225 on bench. I was never able to lift 4 plates on my own. I thought it was impossible for me. Last week I lifted 225×10 on bench, now 225 feels kind of light. 🙂
3. If you could design your ideal workout, what would it be?
All 4 lifts plus a 1000 meter row or sprints for time as the WOD. I’m pretty sure I would be top 5 that day.
4. What would you tell someone who wants to try Crossfit but is too intimidated to check it out?
The first few weeks just concentrate on form, no one expects you to lift much weight at all so there is no reason to be self-conscious about that. What I noticed really quickly was that everyone at Sammamish CrossFit really wants you to get better and stronger. We are all there to help and encourage each other. When you experience that, it’s really hard to go back to working out solo at a gym.