First off I would like to say that I’m honored to be athlete of the month and I’m truly grateful for everything that RO and the coaches have done for me.
My journey into CrossFit began a little over two years ago when I made the decision to become a Navy SEAL. I heard about CrossFit from the Navy’s website where they recommended it to get in shape for BUD/S (basic underwater demolition/SEALS).
A quick google search for gyms lead me to TNT just down the road from my house. The next day I stopped by and signed up for the foundation classes. That first foundations class kicked my butt! That was my first introduction to burpees. After fighting off the urge to puke and feeling like I barely survived the 10 minute workout I was hooked.
As the months rolled on I found a love for bodyweight exercises pushups, pull ups, burpees, etc. It was one day in the summer of 2012 I believe, that we did a WOD that was all bodyweight movements.
I don’t remember exactly what the WOD was (I never got the habit of using my WOD book). It was probably pushups or pull ups because I always get fired up when I see those in a WOD and Jill the coach jokingly called me the bodyweight champion. The name got some laughs and somehow stuck. The nick name got shortened to what some of you know me as now, Bodyweight Darrel.
I enlisted in the Navy on September 11, 2013. A day I won’t forget. After enlisting and meeting the academic standards I was able to begin taking the Physical Screening Test (PST). This test must be passed and a high enough score obtained in order to be considered for the SEALS. The actual test consisted of a 500 yard swim, max pushups, max sit ups, max pull ups, and a 1.5 mile run all for reps and time. I scored pretty well on the test. With those scores and help from my mentor in the Navy I got into the SEAL program.
I am to ship out on May 13, 2014 for basic training then on the BUD/S. I owe a lot of thanks to all the people who have supported and helped me over these past two years. My family, my mentor, CrossFit, and the people here at TNT, who have a real passion for cross fit. You guys help make working out fun.