November Athlete Spotlight!
Congrats to Will D.!!!
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?
I 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.
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.
* move up in weight and then back down in weight through the 3 & 5 set
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