Our athletes at CrossFit Foxcroft, Razorback, and DAC CrossFit commit to working hard every day to reach their goals and improve their health. It is very exciting to see everyone get stronger, quicker, and develop their overall fitness. As our community grows, one part stays the same; we have a phenomenal group of athletes that are committed to not only improving themselves, but also to helping each other become better athletes (athletes in all aspects of life). We take great pleasure in the opportunity that we as coaches are given to work with so many like-minded, hardworking athletes to achieve their goals. For the December installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce John Herzog. John has been doing CrossFit at DAC since February this year. He is one of the original members at DAC and rarely misses a day!
Why did you decide to start CrossFit?
“I was getting bored with other workouts that I was doing before. I was interested in lifting more weights. The idea of combining various forms of exercise, like cardio, bodyweight exercises, and weights was intriguing. I really like that the workout is different every day and it is always a challenge. Before, I just did general weight lifting and some spin classes and TBC classes.”
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
“I was really sore after the first workout; it was a challenge! It also made me realize that I wasn’t really challenging myself before.”
What do you like most about CrossFit?
“There are quite a few things that I really like about CrossFit. All of the strength building is great. And, I like working the whole body every day in a lot of different ways; it’s a way of being completely fit. The friendly competition is great too.”
What is your favorite movement?
“I like to do pull-ups because I can do a lot of them, and I like the effect they have on my physique. I will add that although overhead squats are my least favorite, I do want to improve on them.”
What changes have you noticed since you began CrossFit?
“I have noticed a difference in my body; I feel more toned up. My cardio has improved greatly and I feel well-rounded in my fitness. I also didn’t get sore when I worked out before CrossFit.”
What keeps you coming back?
“I love my coaches, the relationships between the coaches and other members, and the competitive aspect. It is a mutual commitment between the coaches and other members to show up every day.”
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
“I am a lot stronger and can do more pull-ups. Also, I have only missed a couple of classes. Besides a little bit of traveling that I do for work and vacation, I have made it to nearly every class, every day of the week, since February. A goal that I am working on is that I want to get better at kipping and overhead movements like overhead squats and snatch.”
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?
“CrossFit has created a level of confidence in my everyday life. Saying you do CrossFit is like a “badge of confidence” that other people see when you say you do it.”
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
“Make sure you have a good coach; that’s probably the most important part. Also, I would tell them to leave their ego at the door and stay within their limits, and to build slowly over time.”