Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words. December’s Athlete of the Month is Spencer Wasman. Spencer was chosen because of his consistency at the gym, his dedication to moving well, and his ‘go hard’ attitude, which all reflect his commitment to improving his fitness and living a healthier life. He has made huge improvements with his gymnastics movements, double-unders, cardio, and strength, which is a testament to his hard work. It is all paying off and we love having Spencer as a part of our OPCF community!
How long have you been working out at Overland Park CrossFit? 1.5 years
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? Do you
remember what it was? I thought it was the hardest workout I had ever done in my life, but I survived. I definitely scaled everything, but I remember doing lots of wall balls.
What has been your favorite workout so far? I don’t know if I have a specific workout, but if I did, it probably
had toes-to-bar and/or power cleans in it.
What is your favorite cheat meal? Pizza
What did you want to be when you grew up and where do you work now? As a kid, I always wanted to become a professional athlete. As I got older, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and honestly still don’t. I currently work for Johnson County Government doing commercial real estate appraisal.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy taking my dog Sadie for walks, traveling, and watching Football.
What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF? Be patient when learning all the movements and have fun!
What is your favorite/least favorite movement? My favorite movement is probably toes-to-bar; my least favorite is OH Squats since I struggle with anything overhead.
What’s one CrossFit goal you have set for yourself to accomplish this next year? I would love to be able to do muscle-ups, even just one would be cool.
What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF? I have seen huge changes both physically and mentally. CrossFit was exactly what I needed to maintain consistency in exercising. Before coming to OPCF, I never would have imagined that I would be addicted to working out. The amazing coaches and great community of people certainly help make it a place that I enjoy being at.
What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far? My proudest accomplishment has been learning double-unders, which was a goal I had set for myself this last year. I got frustrated at times thinking I would never be able to do them, but I kept practicing and I was really happy once I finally got them down.
How do you fit working out into your weekly schedule? Working out has become a priority and something I look forward to so I just try to plan everything around it. It helps that my wife also attends, so it is something fun that we get to do together.
What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet? I would love to go to Germany and Italy someday.