STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – ROGER
Each month we highlight an outstanding member and this has to be one of the most heart warming and inspiring. Let’s learn more about ROGER our STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE MONTH.
What Brought you to CrossFit and tell us about your experience at LaLanne Fitness CrossFit? In late 2011 I had a very bad head injury. Full recovery took a couple years and 3 neurosurgeries. I finally returned to the gym where I was a member, but had gained considerable weight and lost muscle density – results were hard to come by and frustration was at an all-time high. That’s when I turned to CrossFit and it was the best fitness decision I’ve ever made. As for LaLanne Fitness CrossFit, it’s been such a great experience – I can’t say enough good things about the coaches and members. I have to mention Joey, Aaron and Erica here. When starting out I was intimidated and unsure, but Joey always partnered with me and was really encouraging from the get go. Aaron and Erica were the first coaches I would get consistently at the 6am class. They’ve really helped me improve mechanics on a variety of movements. 1 ½ years later, I’ve now been lucky enough to attend classes with all the coaches.
What’s your age and athletic background? I’m 39, but for some reason the CrossFit Open has me in the masters category – I’m not 40 yet! I played football and baseball from middle school to high school. After that I stuck to casual mt. biking and the occasional pickup game of basketball (I suck at basketball). I’ve been an avid skier since I was able to walk and it’s the one thing I do as often as possible. For many years prior to CrossFit, I had a gym membership that I used a few times a week with limited results. Fitness was not a huge priority until recently.
Any results since starting CrossFit? The best result since starting CrossFit is meeting so many awesome people – members and coaches alike. For me personally, I’m stronger and I no longer cringe in the mirror! Skiing has also improved significantly, thanks to the leg development and conditioning. I learned a new language, Snatch, Clean, Jerk, etc. I also had no idea I could do any of those things and didn’t know why I would want to… now I love those movements.
Any changes to your lifestyle or diet? I used to have a horrible sleep schedule, I’d stay up late and get up early. I now place a lot of emphasis on getting a good night’s sleep. It’s helped tremendously. Diet is a bit more challenging. I work where they cater lunch every day, which is great if you have strong will power. At home, I think of what I want to cook and then see if there is a Paleo version or at least a healthier alternative. Slowly, my pantry is changing and as it does, so will my diet. Still lots of work and learning to be done.
How has your mindset towards fitness changed since starting CrossFit? I no longer look at working out as a chore or something easily put off, I look forward to it. The intent is no longer to just burn calories and ‘lose weight.’ It’s more about that great feeling of confidence and accomplishment knowing you just did a really challenging workout that makes all of life’s stresses manageable. I look forward to the community, chance to hit a new PR, nail a movement I’ve been working on, or be totally caught off guard and challenged.
What’s your favorite CrossFit movement or workout? I like anything in FGB style. It’s fast, furious and chaotic. I have a lot of fun on those. As for my favorite movements, I really like the Oly lifts. For whatever reason, I like all types of lunges. Probably because I used to hate them.
Do you have any favorite CrossFit gear? My Innov8 Fast Lift Oly shoes. Light, firm and super comfy. I have 2 Jump Ropes, the one I use when I get my Double Unders is my favorite. Stay tuned…
Future athletic goals? All the movements I don’t have yet. Double Unders (getting close), Muscle Ups & a more graceful Pistol. I also want to learn a new physical sport like Kite-Surfing or Surfing – I love the water!