When Rochelle called me over at the end of class on November 26, 2013, I thought I was in big trouble for leaving class early the previous Friday. Little did I know, someone somewhere thought it would be a good idea to make me Athlete of the Month for December. I suppose this means I’m not allowed to slack off for the next 31 days. Cool.
Anyways, here’s my story of starting out as a chunky child, I’m sorry, “husky” (as the doctor called it), my journey through the educational system, a couple names I was called, some sports I attempted to excel at, and how I came to be the CrossFitting machine and athlete (of the month) I am today.
Long story short, I was a picky young fellow who did not enjoy healthy eating. You can see how I wrecked my fragile little body simply by looking at school pictures throughout the years. As I was jogging at recess one day, a girl a few grades older yelled “run fatboy, run!” A good friend of mine jokingly gave me the nickname NAB, which stands for “needs a bra”.
Don’t feel bad, I laughed about it then. I started soccer in grade school and joined an indoor team in 3rd grade. I started playing basketball around 5th grade when my growth spurt hit. I had an advantage over other prepubescent children. I tried football my freshman year of high school since I was still one of the bigger guys. I had plans to bulk (fatten) up for sophomore year, however, I missed soccer and my all my friends that decided to pursue the soccer team.
I also felt soccer was a healthier option. After a minor preseason football shoulder injury, I ended up switching to soccer (and throwing up during the first practice while doing sprints). We ended up winning districts and made it all the way to state quarter finals for the first time in the school’s history.
In college, I tried to remain fairly active to battle the “Freshman Fifteen”. At that time, Mizzou had the biggest, baddest rec center in the country, so my bros and I enjoyed going there to get our sweat on and see if there were any ladies there that enjoyed doing the same (there usually were). Intermural soccer and sand volleyball were at the top of my organized sports list, mixed with a little flag football and hockey. I also tried to ride my bicycle as much as possible to get around.
I got a desk job after college, so I had to do something to keep from going crazy and getting old and fat. I joined an indoor soccer team, and played sand and indoor volleyball. I joined Club Fitness when I tried to get a little more serious about working out, but got bored easily. One of my friends had a personal trainer there, so I ended up making a 2012 New Year’s resolution to get in better overall shape to stay healthy and hopefully prevent injuries in the sports I was involved in.
My personal trainer was former TNT member Blake Austin, so I credit and thank him for introducing me to and mixing in CrossFit-type workouts in my training. After my 6 months of training, I tried to motivate myself to do the same workout Blake put me through, but we all know how that goes. I also hated the after work gym crowd and thinking about what and how much I should do. I ended up cancelling my membership there and started at TNT in October 2012.
Things I love about CrossFit: anyone can do it, I don’t have to think about or plan what workout I’m going to do, the semi-personal training feel, the competitiveness (against others or yourself), the variety of movements and workouts, and of course the fine people of TNT. I enjoy being able to wear whatever I want, especially when I forget workout clothes.
I also like to be inspired by my wonderful girlfriend Catherine when she works out in her “inspiration” shirt. She encourages me lift much heavier weight when we WOD together, without saying a word, and I thank her for that.
Things I dislike: lifting heavy weights overhead (especially overhead squats), and working out with no fans on.
I feel like this is way too long, so I will wrap it up here with a ginormous thank you to all the coaches for choosing me to be AOM. I want to thank them all the support, encouragement, coaching, and believing in me enough to nominate me for 2 competitions (which I couldn’t make it to). Showing up to team training is still on my bucket list and is something I have vowed to do before 2012 is over. Another shout out to the entire TNT member family!
Thanks for all the high-fives, booty slaps, and “good jobs”. It keeps me truckin’. Enjoy the pictures! (And yes, I got the FatBooth photo app for my school pictures, except 4th grade. That’s all natural double chin baby!)