January Member Spotlight

Photos by Dustin Nevill

Photos by Dustin Nevill

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At CrossFit Foxcroft, Razorback, and DAC CrossFit, we are extremely proud of the commitment that our athletes make every day to reach their goals and improve their health.  Each of our athletes work so hard and it shows as they get healthier, stronger, quicker, and develop their overall fitness.  Our growing community is a remarkable group of athletes that are committed to not only improving themselves, but also to helping each other become the best versions of themselves.  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 our first installment of our 2015 Member Spotlight, we introduce Andrew Faulkner.  Andrew has been doing CrossFit at Foxcroft since the first week of July, 2014 and rarely misses the 5:30 a.m. class! 

Why did you start CrossFit?  

“My wife, Jenny, has been a Barre instructor at LRRC for a while now and she was encouraging me to plug in with the CrossFit folks.  I knew several of the guys doing CrossFit at Foxcroft, so with her encouragement, I gave it a shot.” 

Were you following a different exercise routine prior to starting CrossFit?  

“Not really.  I was going to Jenny’s Barre classes sporadically, but I wasn’t doing anything routinely.”

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?  

“The workout was tough, but I loved the camaraderie of the people in the class.  It made me want to come back.”

What do you like most about CrossFit?  

“It’s always different.  In a month’s time, you rarely do the same thing twice.  It’s also very challenging and goal-related.  You set a goal on time or weight and you push yourself to accomplish it.  There’s a lot of mental reward as well as the physical reward with it.  You also get to know the folks in the class and you encourage each other to improve.” 

What is your favorite exercise or workout?  

“12 Days of Christmas.  We just did this WOD on December 22nd, and it was very challenging but doable.  It had a lot of variety to it and you got a great sense of accomplishment when you completed it.” 

What changes have you noticed since you began CrossFit?  

“I’ve lost weight.  My pants are loose and I’ve got down a notch on my belts.  I want to eat healthier.  There’s nothing worse that eating poorly and then going to CrossFit the next morning.  It makes the workout harder and that’s not a good thing; it’s hard enough without eating terribly!”

What keeps you coming back?  

“Mike and Joey are great coaches.  I enjoy being with them.  I also enjoy the folks that come to the 5:30 a.m. class.  We’re a close nit group.  I also feel like I haven’t come close to plateauing in this, so I have that drive to continue to improve.” 

What goals have you accomplished and what are your new goals?  

“I just keep slowly going up in the weight I’m lifting.  I don’t necessarily have a defined goal that I want to accomplish by a certain date.  I just set small goals on lifting and try and accomplish them as soon as I can.  I do have a general goal of just being able to do more pull ups.  That’s one of my real weaknesses right now.  I really want to be able to increase my pull up total in the next 6 months.” 

How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?  

“Jenny is very proud of me for being so dedicated to it.  The weight loss and just being a healthier husband is something she is proud of.  It’s taking stress off and is starting my day off much better than before.  I also have a lot more strength when I’m playing with my 3 kids (10, 6, 3 years old).” 

What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit?  

“Give it a shot.  Be patient at first.  You have to learn the proper way to do all the exercises.  Once you have it down, you’ll get a lot out of it.”