John, tell us a little bit about yourself…
I’m originally from NY but moved down to Baltimore about 8 years ago for my job, which at the time was as an environmental engineer. For the past 6 years or so I have been working as a professional mariner mostly on large sailboats over 100’. Think “semester at sea” education vessel or rich guy’s racing yacht as I’ve worked on both. I’ve been traveling almost non-stop for most of that time but am now looking to finally settle down a bit in Baltimore – or at least try to. I like doing just about anything outside, am looking forward to being around for inner harbor beach volleyball and have occasionally been known to root for Baltimore sports teams when it doesn’t conflict with my beloved NY Giants or Mets.
What has changed since starting CrossFit?
The biggest change for me since starting CrossFit has been my commitment level to things that I never would have tried before like the paleo challenge. I’m not sure I could have done it on my own but through whatever voodoo you guys have going in that warehouse I somehow have become much more interested in what I eat. Oh and I’ve lost 10 lbs which for a big guy like myself is pretty great.
What do you enjoy about CrossFit Federal Hill?
First and foremost are the coaches – I know that sounds obligatory sucking up but when I started I already knew I liked the CrossFit style of workout but wasn’t sure about the setting. Needless to say it has been awesome and I am a total convert. I think Geo and Brian along with the rest of the CFH members are directly responsible for that. I have finished WODs first and dead last and everywhere in between and always felt good about it. Also it is about 100’ from my front door so that makes 0530 classes a bit easier to make.=
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
CrossFit outside the gym has had a big impact for me. My job is very physically demanding with lots of climbing, pulling etc. so the benefits are obvious. The not so obvious benefit comes from the mental aspects of CrossFit. Staying focused and working through discomfort during a WOD everyday has to be good practice for the rest of life right? I like to think so.
Double Unders – Mainly b/c it’s what I’m best at. Every work out should have these.
Least favorite movement?
Anything with the word “Goblet” in it. My legs hurt just typing that word.
Any advice for people who are just getting started at CFH?
Stick with it and try to get outside your comfort level everyday even if it is only for a short while. That’s when good things happen.
I almost forgot – work on mobility too!! Not only will it help keep some of the initial soreness at bay but also help you pick up the movements faster and prevent injury. It only takes 10 minutes or so a day and it helps with everything. Like anything else it also takes lots of patience. Maybe I should have put this as my favorite movement…