Student Athlete of the Month: Craig T.
Tell us your age and athletic background?
I will be 63 in May. I played baseball as a kid and volleyball in college. I also did a lot of bicycling after college. My wife and I bicycled from Oregon to Ohio for our honeymoon. After we had kids (a daughter and a son) life really turned to their activities of baseball and softball. My daughter played softball through sophomore year in college at Miami Ohio...
Share the results you've had since starting CrossFit?
I have gained about 10 pounds since starting Crossfit which is what I was looking for. I had lost a lot of weight after my wife passed away and needed to put some back on. My daughter had started Crossfit about 3 years ago and she talked me into giving it a try. When I started I could do (barely) 1 strict pull up. I had no idea of what or how to do a kipping pull up. Last May was the first time I did a kipping pull up. For 13.4 I did 15 kipping pull ups consecutively.
How has your lifestyle, diet and mindset changed since starting CrossFit?
Lifestyle changes consist of spending time in the gym and trying to eat Paleo. I have completely cut out wheat (pretty much) and eat more vegetables and nuts. I also spend time following my daughter at her competitions. I also spend time chasing my granddaughter (son’s daughter) around about every other weekend.
What's your favorite CrossFit movement/workout?
I don’t think I have a favorite workout. More of a general category of workouts I don’t look forward to. Since my upper body strength is one of my “goats”, workouts which focus on upper body are more difficult for me. I keep track of my workouts so I have a measure of where I can start on certain movements and try to increase a little bit each time.
What are your athletic goals moving forward?
Short term goals are to get better at double unders and wall balls, 13.3 really sucked. Longer term goals are to finish in the top 100 in the Open. More strength in my shoulders is the main focus!