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The commitment that each of our athletes at Razorback CrossFit and CrossFit Foxcroft shows each day enables them to accomplish goals that they set and to make healthy lifestyle choices everyday. Their determination and hard work is displayed as they become healthier, stronger, quicker, and improve their overall fitness. This incredible group of athletes in our 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 November installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce Craig Boes. Craig started CrossFit in June, 2016. He works from home and was looking for an avenue to get out of the house and meet people in a setting that would be fun, but that would also better myself.
Do you remember what your first CrossFit workout was?
"Not exactly, but I do recall that at the time we were doing a lot of strength exercises that involved the barbell. At first, that was a little intimidating as I had to train my mind as well as my body to complete some of those movements. Afterward, I felt uplifted by the support of coach J.D. and other members as they were very helpful, patient, and encouraging."
What do you like most about CrossFit?
"I like that anyone, no matter what skill level or physical condition can participate. The program and workouts are designed to be flexible to one’s own abilities. You can always push yourself to work harder and you see results incrementally as you add weight to your workouts or complete them faster."
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
"My favorite exercise is the back squat, probably because I never spent much time working on my legs prior to CrossFit. Besides that, I enjoy any workout where we work as partners or have a good class turnout because I do my best when we work together."
What changes have you noticed since you’ve started CrossFit?
"I’ve lost 20 pounds since I’ve started CrossFit and have built muscle too. I even pulled out some old clothes that I’d almost given up on being able to fit in again. I’m also more productive outside of CrossFit because I feel better."
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
"My #1 goal was always to show up and don’t quit. That seems pretty simple, but showing up is really the hardest part and what keeps most of us from realizing our potential. I am a better planner now so that I can fit this into my day. A few of the short term goals I have are to bench press 175, deadlift 315, and back squat 205."
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?
"CrossFit makes me feel better physically, and mentally more alert and confident. For me, feeling better improves how I interact with others and makes me a more productive employee. It gives me the stamina to more effectively juggle family and work responsibilities. I still like my junk food, but feel less guilt about it now."
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
"I would advise everyone to try at least 2 or 3 classes. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, ask questions, and get a great workout! I’ve been a member of the Club for 4 years and never really put much thought or hard work into any of my workouts. I attribute that to a lack of direction, accountability, and knowledge of the gym’s resources. CrossFit takes the dread and thinking out of the equation by making it fun, planning the workouts for you, and motivating you to push yourself harder than you would ever do on your own. There are times to available to fit almost anyone’s schedule. Personally, I attend anywhere from twice to 6 times a week, so you can put in as little or as much time as you want and still benefit. All of the coaches are extremely supportive and fun to work with and I give credit to J.D., Ben, Steven, and Anna for keeping me motivated and improving my performance."