July Member Spotlight

Photos by Dustin Nevill

Our athletes at Razorback CrossFit and CrossFit Foxcroft are an amazing bunch. They come in day after day to crush their goals and work on being the best possible versions of themselves. We are incredibly proud of all of the hard work and dedication that each of them display.

For our July Member Spotlight, we introduce Tim Barnett. Tim started CrossFit last year.

"For as long as I can remember, all I've ever really wanted was to be a super hero. I grew up a swimmer. As a small child, I would look to the great physical feats performed by my heroes and dream that one day that would be me. 

About a year ago, I unexpectedly became very very ill. I was losing alarming amounts of weight and was in excruciating pain. Sparing many unpleasant details, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, which is essentially an inflammatory bowel disease. Severity of the disease varies, but it is chronic and is typically considered very debilitating. It comes in painful waves called "flare ups" and in my case, a flare up actually brought me quite close to death. As the weeks and months went by, I felt my body wasting away and found myself having to face that I may always feel this physically weak and broken. Eventually, the flare-up quieted down and I began the long journey to rebuild myself.

This is where CrossFit comes into play. While everyday was a challenge, CrossFit showed me that I didn't have to settle with being weak and broken. It allowed me to feel life in my body once again and push myself in ways that I hadn't felt in some time. I grew stronger each week as I learned new skills and pushed myself in new ways. There was a community of good people around me, all working hard and encouraging me, not because they knew my struggle but simply because that's the kind of people they are. 

Through choosing to master your weaknesses together in the WOD each day, you become a stronger person and a better friend. CrossFit has given me the confidence that I thought was completely lost through my battle with Ulcerative Colitis. While I may always have this disease, I now know that it hasn't beaten me. I can be a superhero again and I credit much of that to Foxcroft and Razorback CrossFit."