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Posted on June 3, 2014
Why I got into CrossFit:
I started going to CrossFit because of peer pressure. My manager (Prakash) and much of his team (Alan, Zaid, Istvan) were all regular attendees and would promote the activity every chance they had. It took 8 months after I started at HGST before I caved in and tried it out for myself. The first month was the worst. I felt horrible every day and my coworkers all told me the only way to feel better was to go back and do it again. I’m not sure why I kept going at the beginning. (To be honest, there are somedays now where I’m still not sure why I keep going.)
What my goals are:
I didn’t start CrossFit with any specific goals in mind. I’m usually pretty happy when I survive a workout (take that Nukes!!) while feeling like I gave it my all. I would like to keep working at some of the harder movements: continuous double-unders (I had trouble with continuous singles when I started), hspu’s (I finally got a hs so that’s something), muscle ups (uh… I got nothing). In high school I would run 12-13 minute miles and now I’ve been able to do it in under 7 so that’s progress. I’ve put on 15 pounds since starting CrossFit and while I’m sure some of that is muscle, I’m sure some of it is fat as well. It would be nice to try to tackle that one but I think it’s more diet at this point.
What’s the best part of CrossFit:
The best part of CrossFit is easily the people. Everyone is super supportive and encouraging. You can be dead tired and sore from the previous few days workouts but when you see Karen or Jennifer Lomas going everyday even when they had casts and doing one handed versions of the exercises you realize you have no excuse. Joel, Scott, Trevor, Lupita, Jose, Mark, Jennifer Lo, Jay, Hoan, and Jim are all inspirations to push yourself, run just a little bit faster, lift just a little more weight, and give each work out everything you’ve got.
All this is to say nothing of the coaches. The level of direct interaction with the coaches makes each session feel like it’s one on one. The coaches do a great job of breaking down each exercise to manageable movements and finding scale versions so that even if you can’t do a hspu, you’re still doing an exercise that is getting you that much closer to a hspu. Each of the coaches I’ve had the pleasure of working with: Daniel, Eddie, Janet, Rusty, Scott, and occasional guest appearances by Jason and Garret help create just the right atmosphere to take you to past your limits and achieve things you did not think were possible.
Benefits of CrossFit:
For creating a sense of community at HGST, nothing has been quite as good as CrossFit. It’s easy to get to know a little circle of people in a small group or department but its harder get to meet people from a large cross section of the company. The majority of the people I know here I met doing CrossFit and when larger gatherings such as the holiday parties or Engineering Day come around, the folks doing CrossFit tend to mingle and mix across groups. Getting to know people and what they work on makes it easier to start collaborations and get or share help or resources.
Outside of HGST, I enjoy singing in a choir or two (or three) and I’ve found good breath support and proper posture to be much easier to achieve and maintain after doing CrossFit. Also falling asleep at night is REALLY easy.
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