MALE – STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
The LaLanne Fitness CrossFit program continues to produce real success stories year after year. Some of these men and women fly under the radar and happen to be the most consistent, long-term members. We’ve chosen two of them as our 2014 STUDENT ATHLETE(S) OF THE YEAR. Our pick for MALE – STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR was unanimous. We’ve chosen Feryl. His dedication and excellent attendance over the past 3 1/2 years is admirable and we can’t thank him enough. We have all really enjoyed watching him make progress training week in and week out with great attention to detail. He’s also a real role model putting in the extra time practicing before and after class. His desire to improve and become a well-rounded “CrossFit” athlete has inspired us all! Let’s get to know this awesome athlete;
What’s your age and athletic background? I’m 33 years young. My athletic background started with “Nintendo’s World Class Track Meet” and then progressed to “Dance Dance Revolution” in my college years. Also, I did and still play all sorts of sports; basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, etc. I just never played them competitively. I do them for fun.
What results since starting CrossFit? I started CrossFit over 3 years ago in order to improve my endurance. I couldn’t even run 2 miles without stopping (at an ice cream store), and now I can run 5 miles easily (and then get ice cream). Not only have I improved my endurance, but my strength skyrocketed as well. I am now lifting things that I thought would have been impossible at my physical nature (yes, I’m small).
Any changes to your lifestyle or diet? One of the great things that this gym does is also help you out with your diet. I have tried doing a week of strict Paleo (as suggested by the coaches) several times before. It works really well as a ‘cleansing’ week. Otherwise, I incorporate some of the Paleo elements to my diet by watching salt and sugar intake regularly. One thing I can say is that you can’t get away from what you like. There is just so much great food in this world that I can’t stay away from. Also, I love sweets so much that I can’t really completely take sugar out of the equation. Did someone say Pounds of Cake for Time? Sign me up! I never valued sleep before. I figured I could sleep when I’m dead. Oh how wrong I was! People should check out that informational poster in the gym about sleep. Sleep is a big part of your day and makes a big difference in your workout. I used to be a night owl and an early bird, getting minimal sleep everyday. So I had to compromise and pick one or the other just to get the right amount of sleep.
How has your mindset towards fitness changed since starting CrossFit? Fitness has gotten a higher priority in my weekly agenda. It used to be a boring and monotonous task that I used to brush off and thought, “just do it a different day”. Now, I get excited to go to the gym not just to improve my skills, but also to workout with great and fun people that have the same mindset as I do. It has become my place to relieve stress and socialize. Coaches, fellow athletes, adorable puppies, and yes, even the bums outside the gym, are awesome. All of you helped me get to where I am today and I am very thankful for that. I try to give back whenever I can.
What’s your favorite CrossFit movement or workout? I really like complicated movements such as the Clean & Jerk and the Snatch not just because they sound perverted, but because I love movements that have varying degrees of techniques to master it. I feel the same about the muscle up as well as any gymnastic movement that we do. I have also begun liking longer workouts. Saturday classes are always a blast since those are excruciating workouts. When I see a workout during the week that I see will take less than 10 minutes, I tend to add more to it. Either I add extra movements or increase the repititions or the rounds or all of the above. Challenge yourself!
Do you have any favorite gear? I think everyone that has been in classes with me knows my favorite gear: The Weighted Vest. I’d take that thing anywhere. And I mean anywhere…