When choosing our Athlete of the Month, trainers described this athlete as always doing extra work to improve their cardio and lifts! With that, we are pleased to announce Brenton as our 2019 June Athlete of the Month! Brenton is usually found at the very early morning classes and is also our monthly Beer WOD organizer! We asked him some questions regarding his fitness journey and here are his responses:
- How long have you been a member at Kirkland CrossFit? Do you remember your first experience? A bit over two years now. I was at a different CrossFit gym previously. I remember my first ever CrossFit workout many year ago – even though I was pretty fit and would workout at the gym regularly, the trainer warned me that a CrossFit workout would be a different animal. He advised me to choose much lighter weights than I typically would – and he was right!
- What keeps you coming back to the gym day after day? I love the challenge that CrossFit brings. The constant variety, the great community of people and friends to workout with, the feeling of being physically fit, and the ability to easily handle pretty much whatever physical demands regular life throws your way. Plus, if you take a couple of weeks off, coming back to the gym is hell… so it’s better to just keep coming and not stop 🙂
- Do you have a favorite WOD or movement? I tend to like longer workouts that are more bodyweight oriented or indexed to bodyweight. My favorite WOD at the moment is Linda: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1: 1.5x bodyweight deadlift, 1x bodyweight bench press, .75x bodyweight squat cleans. It’s brutal, but it’s fun!
- Do you have a least favorite WOD or movement? Turkish get-ups for sure. Those things are the devil!
- What’s your biggest personal accomplishment inside KCF? An achievement I hit a couple of months ago was cutting my Linda time in half! The first time I did that workout it was around 57 minutes. I worked at it, and am now down to 27 minutes and change.
- Is there anything you want to share with KCF community surrounding your personal fitness goals and accomplishments? Any recent PRs you are super proud of or lifts you feel more comfortable performing? I like to pick specific benchmark workouts and work on improving my time. I also like using benchmark workouts to test how my fitness level is improving. A couple of weeks ago I set a target of doing Murph in less than 35 minutes. I managed to finish in 34:52 (without vest), so I was really happy with that. Might need to try it with a vest next time 🙂
- Outside the gym, what are some of your favorite hobbies? In general, hanging out with friends, dinners, organizing parties and fun activities. In the winter time, I like to snowboard. In summer, boating or attempting golf is always fun!
- Do you have a favorite place to vacation? I always love going back home to Australia! Especially around Christmas time when it’s grey and raining here, and summer is starting Down Under 🙂