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 Aaron Fowler. Aaron was chosen because he has shown great improvement in his lifting technique and gymnastics movements, and is very encouraging to the other members in his class. His desire to become a better athlete is evident in his dedication to make working out a priority, spending extra time doing the optional accessory work when he can, practicing his gymnastics movements, and listening to the coach’s cues to improve his weightlifting movements. His hard work is paying off and we love having Aaron as a part of our OPCF community!
How long have you been working out at Overland Park CrossFit? I have been at OPCF for a year and a half.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? Do you remember what it was? I don’t remember my first workout but I remember being extremely challenged and excited for the next one.
What has been your favorite workout so far? My favorite workout has been the 2K row.
What is your favorite cheat meal? My favorite cheat meal is pizza!
What did you want to be when you grew up and where do you work now? When I was young, I wanted to play in the NBA. I currently work at Children’s Mercy Hospital as a Respiratory Therapist and ECMO Specialist.
What do you like to do outside of work? Outside of work I love to hunt, play disc golf, and brew coffee!
What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF? Hang in there. Do what you can do. Have a good time!
What’s one Crossfit goal you have set for yourself to accomplish this next year? This year I would like to finish an Rx workout with muscle-ups.
What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF? I have gotten stronger, faster, and more confident with my lifts.
What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far? I did my first muscle-up this year!
How do you fit working out into your weekly schedule? I make working out a priority as much as I can. And I try to get in a little extra work after class each day.
What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet? I have always wanted to explore/survive in the backcountry in Alaska.