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Our athletes at Razorback CrossFit and CrossFit Foxcroft commit to working hard everyday to reach their goals and to 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, 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 September installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce Kyle Kifer. Kyle started CrossFit about 6 month ago because he wanted more out of his fitness. He grew up playing multiple sports and to this day, his profession is tied to the movement, good or bad, of the human body.
"Through my years of athletics and even through the college level, I performed many of the weightlifting moves employed by CrossFit. I have always enjoyed being fit and incorporating new challenges into a workout. I have found through the years that when I would challenge myself with only extremely technical bodyweight moves I still missed the benefits of strength training, the primary muscle groups that drive movement well. I started participating in CrossFit because I wanted to incorporate more balance into my fitness. CrossFit has combined some bodyweight moves with some inherently sound weightlifting moves and also added things like ropes, kettlebells, rings and straight bars in a new way.
Do you remember what your first CrossFit workout was?
"I do not remember my first CrossFit workout but I remember the community environment that was present. Crossfit has created a community that encourages others to achieve success. They have been successful in leveraging the community environment to foster their growth."
What do you like most about CrossFit?
"The thing I like most about CrossFit is that it increases my work capacity. I can honestly say that I do not achieve the same work capacity on my own as I do in a group setting. I have found that work capacity, bodyweight moves and sound weightlifting can be combined in a metabolic package not only develops the cardiovascular system but the musculoskeletal system while in the process creating better proprioception."
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
"My favorite type of workout is a high intensity AMRAP. It doesn’t matter if it is pushing weight around or alternating between burpees, box jumps, and wall balls. Throw some high intensity cardio in there and I’m hooked."
What changes have you noticed since you you’ve started CrossFit?
"I have noticed less physical fatigue at the end of the work day. I have always been involved in staying fit, from running to workouts performed on a stability ball to focusing on creating proper movement patterns while performing exercises for the intrinsic muscles of the body. You could say I was so wrapped up in mastering the finer movements of the body I neglected the benefits of moving with power."
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
"My goal was to become more rounded in my fitness approach. I can say that the knowledge of understanding what CrossFit can bring to the table has accomplished that. In relation to future goals, move well move often."
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?
"As I stated earlier, CrossFit has reduced the physical fatigue I feel at the end of the day. I enjoy working out more than I have in the past, which has led to a better quality life at work and at play."
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
"The CrossFit you see on TV should look different than the CrossFit you see in your gym. Don’t be intimidated by what you see on TV because not all athletes are created equal. I would encourage people to think of it this way; CrossFit had an amazing solution to a sedentary, lethargic society. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that solution. As someone who is in the industry of moving often and moving well, I would challenge you not to be intimidated by CrossFit. We have had injuries in sports for the past 200 years and before that. The popularity of CrossFit has popularized the sport of fitness to the point where injuries that are being sustained are put on the forefront. Injuries are nothing new in the world of sports and fitness. Join CrossFit with an open mind and join CrossFit healthy. The key is understanding baseline movement before beginning training. Know that you can’t bring a fitness solution to health problem."