Darren Gillgrass

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 :-).

2 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!).

3 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

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!

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 :-).



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