Kipping it Real with Nate!

Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words.  April’s Athlete of the Month is Nate Boyd.  Nate was chosen because of his positive attitude in the gym and his work ethic! He always stays after to work on skills or lifts and in the Open we definitely saw that paying off! Learn more below about Nate!

 

1. What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

Same after all my CrossFit workouts, “That was terrible, what am I doing here”

  1. What has been your favorite workout?

Murph by far

  1. What is your favorite cheat meal?

Pizza, PIZZA FRIDAYS!!!

  1. Where do you work?     

Cerner

  1. What do you like to do outside of work?

Hunting, football with the Tomster, dog park….anything outdoors

6. What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF?

Stick with it, make CrossFit a routine. Only takes 21 days to start a habit ?

 

  1. What is your favorite lift?

Back Squat

  1. What’s your biggest “GOAT”?

Still working on those ring muscle ups.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF?  

I’ve started listening more to my body, work on resolving nagging injuries sooner than later and general healthier lifestyle……..minus the pizza Fridays.

  1. What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far?
The biggest improvements I’ve seen is with clean/snatch. I remember the first time attempting those lifts and how awkward it felt (and probably looked) but enjoying those strength days now.

 

  1. What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
I think handstand walking would be pretty fun to learn.
 

Kipping it Real with Emily!

Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words.  March’s Athlete of the Month is Emily Ruble.  Emily was chosen because because of how hard she works in the gym! We love seeing her get involved in local competitions and how encouraging she is of others within the community!  Learn more below about Emily!

 

 

1. What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

“That was horrible!!! Did I win? Can we do it again tomorrow?”

  1. What has been your favorite workout?

Some beautiful creation of rowing, heavy deadlifts, and wallballs. Think we can make this happen? Call it the Emily?

  1. What is your favorite cheat meal?

Pizza holds a very special place in my heart…. Okay, geez, and peanut M&Ms.

  1. Where do you work?     

I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at Briarwood Elementary School. I call that my second workout of the day. Sometimes we even do burpees and squats in class.

  1. What do you like to do outside of work?

I really enjoy my job and all the work I get to do there. Along with CrossFit, I’ve recently taken up yoga. I love the balance I get from both types of workouts.

6. What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF?

1. Never skip Monday! It’s bad juju for your week if you don’t get in there on Monday. 2. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re allowed to be a masterpiece and work-in-progress at the same time.

  1. What is your favorite lift?

You’re making me choose? Back squat or deadlifts. Pick up heavy stuff, put it back down, high-fives all around.

  1. What’s your biggest “GOAT”?

Full-squat snatch. Yucky.

 

  1. What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF?  

What makes CrossFit at OPCF so perfect for me is that I’ve seen change in some positive areas, but also many things have been able to stay the same. After 4 years as a Division 1 athlete, I’ve seen a lot of teammates leave their athletic career behind them and become physically and mentally unhealthy. CrossFit gives me the chance to continue to feed my competitive side, be surrounded by a community of like-minded athletes, and be in love with what my body is capable of everyday. That said, today I am faster, stronger, and fitter than I ever have been before.

 

  1. What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far?
YASSS! RXing my toes-to-bar in 18.1! I had been working on those for a while but hadn’t been confident enough to go all out with them in a WOD until then.
  1. What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
Up next, free-standing handstand hold.

Kipping it Real with Eric!

 Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words.  February’s Athlete of the Month is Eric Holoch.  Eric was chosen because of his dedication and work ethic! His humbleness in learning new movements, and drive to master them is inspiring to other athletes.   Learn more below about Eric!

 

 

1. What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

I believe my first experience with CrossFit may be slightly skewed. When Tom T. talked me into trying CrossFit, the first class he took me to was The 12 Days of Christmas.

Running inner monolog went something like this:

“I’m going to die!…..What? No, calm down that’s ridiculous, everyone else seems ok you’re overreacting. Just play it cool and no one will know…..
Ahh crap, Some Cody guy just asked me to ride the exercise bike to cool down so he can keep an eye on me…I am going to die.”

I guess it was trial by fire. But hey, I came back!

  1. What has been your favorite workout?

Not sure I have a favorite workout. Nothing with a name, obviously. I like the longer metcons, they are as much a mental grind as a physical one.

  1. What is your favorite cheat meal?

Wings and cheese curds. And Cosentino’s makes this delicious strawberry cake. If you were around when I was eating one, you would feel ashamed for just being there.

  1. Where do you work?     

I was a Social Worker before moving to KC, but now I work for my three little girls as a stay at home dad.

  1. What do you like to do outside of work?

Anything that involves being outside. I play in an old man neighborhood softball team, and my oldest daughter and I took up skiing last year.

6. What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF?

Don’t be quiet. This isn’t Lifetime or Prairie Life. There really is a community atmosphere at OPCF and having people around you who can support and motivate you really helps. Plus, there are a ton of bad-ass people that are really good at exercise here, the vast majority of whom are open to helping out and giving advice. So if you have a question ask.

Also, don’t be discouraged if you aren’t progressing as fast as you want. There are so many different aspects to crossfit, it takes time to learn and feel comfortable with the movements. To that point, make sure you don’t waste the coaching moments. When I first started I spent a lot of time breaking down and rebuilding bad form and technique which has paid the biggest dividends. As the saying goes, “Never put a second floor on a shaky foundation.”

  1. What is your favorite lift?

Front squats. One of the few lifts I didn’t have to be called out for “lifting like an a**hole” and start from scratch to fix.

  1. What’s your biggest “GOAT”?

Double Unders. It has been surprisingly difficult, and hurtful, to learn. Literally, the amount of time I spend practicing is determined by the amount of pain I’m willing to endure for jumping rope. The harder it is to learn just means its more rewarding in the end, Right? Right!?!

 

  1. What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF?  

Other than being way less of a fatty, I truly enjoy working out. I liked Lifetime, but I was just going through the general routine: bench, curls, a couple other bro lifts, and then telling myself I’ll get to legs next week. Now, I look forward to coming in and working out with the awesome morning crew and seeing results.

  1. What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far?
This is pretty cool. But, as far as physical accomplishments, it would be my first double under RX, and progressing to the point where I can RX more workouts than I can’t. Always chasing that blue dot.

 

  1. What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
 I’ll just stick with the want part. Abs. I’m here for the abs….

Kipping It Real With AJ

Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words. March’s Athlete of the Month is AJ Devlin. AJ was chosen because in a short time at OPCF, he has made an impact on all the members around him with his energy and supportive nature. OPCF appreciates his “never give up attitude” and it is inspiring to other members! Learn more below about AJ!

  1. What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

I’m going to hurt in the morning, but I’ll definitely be back. Second thought: I’m going to have to admit to my sister she was right.

  1. What has been your favorite workout?
  Despite that it took a mathematician to decipher I really enjoyed the 17.3 open workout!
  1. What is your favorite cheat meal?

All the cheese!!! — Also, the bagels in new york. You won’t ever have a better bagel than in NYC!

  1. Where do you work?     

I’m a Project Engineer at JE Dunn Construction.

  1. What do you like to do outside of work?

You can usually find me catching up with friends or working on my jeep.

  1. What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF?

No matter how experienced you are leave your ego at the door, if you don’t it’s a great way to get hurt. The best part about OPCF, and crossfit in general, is the acceptance of everyone’s skill level and ability to scale EVERYTHING (literally). Also, your future self will really appreciate your commitment to mobility work and scaling weight for proper form.

  1. What is your favorite lift?

Anything involving snatch and clean. However, lately I’ve also come to really enjoy wall balls, call me crazy.

  1. What’s your biggest “GOAT”?

Honestly, just about anything involving the gymnastics type movements. I can’t wait to nail that first muscle up!

  1. What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF?  

One of the biggest changes for me is that I spend a lot more of my time focusing on my form and all around athleticism, rather than just trying to lift as much as I can with bad form. Also, because my goals have kept evolving since joining OPCF it’s started to become second nature to make healthier decisions outside the gym.

  1. What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far?

I got my first strict pullup since high school! After that I went on to get the full 16 in the 17.2 open workout, which is awesome because I remember telling my judge that I wasn’t going to make it past 5!

  1. What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet?

Hike the entire Grand Canyon and go offroading in Moab, Utah.