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Each of our athletes commit to accomplishing goals that they set and making healthy lifestyle choices everyday at Foxcroft and Razorback CrossFit. The determination and hard work that they put in results in becoming healthier, stronger, quicker, and the improvement of their overall fitness. This incredible group of athletes in our growing community is devoted to helping each other and themselves become better each day. As coaches, we feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many like-minded, hardworking athletes to achieve their goals.
For the June installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce Steve Appleton. Steve joined CrossFit Foxcroft after having taken a break from CrossFit (he had done CrossFit for a few years awhile back) to focus on trail running. He missed the group environment, the personal coaches, and the total body fitness he developed while doing CrossFit.
What was your first CrossFit workout?
My first workout was running and pull-ups. The running wasn’t that bad, but the pull-ups didn’t happen after the first round. After the workout, I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew for sure.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
The best thing about CrossFit is that I believe it is the most fun way to work towards a functional total body fitness. I really appreciate the personal attention given by the coaches to ensure you are maintaining proper form while also encouraging you to push yourself to get better every day. The group setting is very encouraging and motivating.
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
For exercise, I like burpees. I know that sounds crazy, but I think it is a great exercise that you can pace for a long time, or wear yourself out quickly going really hard. It just depends on what you want to do. For workouts, I like the bodyweight-based, longer ones because I am not super strong, but I can pace myself to keep going for a while.
What changes have you noticed since you’ve started CrossFit?
I have found my love for exercise again. Just going through the motions of moving from weight machine to weight machine loses my interest quickly. Even pounding pavement or trails day after day gets monotonous. CrossFit is a different challenge every day. To me, it is an “Exercise Fun Park” that I enjoy more than just “going to workout”.
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
My first goal I reached was really just finding my passion for exercise again. I had fallen into a rut and CrossFit has sparked that fun/energy into my workouts again. Currently I am working on building strict pull-ups and ring dips. Those two are my nemesis exercises, and I am determined to get better.
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?
I feel overall my body is stronger in my daily life. I am just 3 months back into this. My “stronger” is lightweight, compared to a lot of people at our gyms, but I just feel better about how I approach each day. My whole family is catching the bug now. My wife and kids have started and we enjoy discussing our different workouts each day.
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
When I was going to start back, I tried, for probably six months, to “get in shape, so I could go back to CrossFit”. Finally, I realized that wasn’t going to happen, so I just showed up for a workout. It was the best move. The coaches will scale the workout to your level, and you will get stronger and realize improvements immediately. The best move you can make is to dive right in, no matter where you are. CrossFit really is for everyone!