November Athlete Spotlight!

November Athlete Spotlight! 

Congrats to Will D.!!!  

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Where are you originally from?

I was born in Green Bay, but grew up in Eau Claire. After high school, I lived in the Twin Cities for 7 years before returning to the land of cheese to go to law school here at UW.

What is your athletic background?

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.14.51 AMI really don’t have an athletic background. I ran track in 8th grade and hated it. I didn’t play any sports in High School or College. I would run for a while, get bored and quit; lift for a while, get bored and quit, etc.

After college I worked for a large corporation that had a gym staffed with trainers. It was there I discovered the variety and social aspects of group fitness classes, and found it was something I could stick to.

I heard about Crossfit somehow – heard that it was really hard – and sat on the fence for a few months before I built up the courage to try it out. After about a month of hell, I was hooked!

What is your favorite lift?

Squat snatch – there’s always room for improvement; I never would have thought it was as technical as it is.

What is your favorite cheat food(s)?

I have a sweet tooth, so I’m really not picky. It’s a constant struggle. If I had to pick just one dessert, I could eat cheesecake every day.

What would your perfect WOD look like?

Maybe this is strange, but it’s probably a chipper – high reps of bodyweight or light moves. I’m pretty skinny, so those moves aren’t too bad. Also, power cleans are always fun too.

Give us some insight as to your thoughts after your first workout at CrossFit Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.15.07 AMConnex.

Having started at a different box, I remember being surprised about how much Em and Kief would pack into an hour at Connex. I was even a little irritated – I expected the first half hour to be easy! Now I really like how much we do, and always leave feeling exhausted – which is exactly why I showed up in the first place.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit Connex?

How you feel about different lifts/moves will change as you get better. I remember Kief telling the class we all needed to practice double unders and thinking “yeah, that’s not happening”, and then they finally clicked and I realized it wasn’t a big deal and just took a little persistence.

Just keep going. CrossFit kind of sinks its teeth into you, and after a month or two you’ll stop fighting it and actually start to enjoy it! There will still be frustrating aspects, but that’s what makes it challenging and worth doing.

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PreWOD
Back Squat
5-3-1-1-1-3-5
* move up in weight and then back down in weight through the 3 & 5 set

WOD
Metcon (Main Site)
EMOM 5 Thrusters
From 0:00-5:00 75/45
From 5:00-10:00 95/65
From 10:00-15:00 115/85
Continue adding 20# every 5 min for as long as possible