1. What brought you to Mountain Strength CrossFit/how long have you been a member?
  • I have been a member of MSCF since August 2017 after meeting with Rich for the first time at the gym. My wife and I used to take the kids to the Winchester Gymnastics Academy next door to MSCF and we oftentimes saw a group of hardened CrossFitters running around the building in various states of exhaustion. This seemed like a good idea to me – as I’m a little mad, love a challenge, and like to bring my body to a point of exhaustion…well actually, it was because I needed to find a good replacement for field hockey and squash – my preferred sports from living in the UK most of my life. The US hasn’t caught on to these superior sports yet :-).
  1. What is your favorite exercise or movement?
  • What a question! Aren’t I supposed to say ALL of them? Well, OK then, If I must choose ONE exercise I love the most, it’s the back squat or Cleans, closely followed by burpees (NOT!).
  1. What is a skill or movement that you are working on to improve?
  • Pull-ups (whichever version you like). I’m sure you need to be a superhero to do these, but around 215lbs of solid muscle (he he), I find this skill hard. I want to achieve 1 solid PU this year
  1. What changes have you seen in yourself since you started at Mountain Strength CrossFit?
  • Stamina. When I joined MSCF, my primary objective was to be able to get back to somewhere near my fitness level when playing very competitive field hockey – which means the ability to last for up to 140 minutes of high impact sport. This was really a dream objective bearing in mind I had not played hockey for 2.5 years before joining the club (after moving to the US), and having a travel schedule which meant I couldn’t dedicate much time to fitness. I’ve since changed that by making time to come to the club – it’s surprisingly addictive. I feel now I can last a session and still have energy for more after. I can also do 80% more of the skill requirements than before!
  1. Tell us something about yourself that your fellow athletes might not know?
  • Don’t laugh, but I’m actually quite shy and introverted! My fellow athletes from the 7.30pm class and the coaching team bring out the best and more fun side of me :-).