December 2016- 2 months before my 50th birthday
A little about yourself:
I’m a 51 year old field engineer. My wife and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary this fall, and we have 5 kids, from 28 years old down to 11. I love hiking and peak bagging (mountain climbing) but my biggest passion is sailing.
How did you get into CrossFit?
I met Joe at the Apple Festival in Brewerton and was intrigued by what he told me about Crossfit. I was looking for something to get me going again, to try and regain some of the strength and stamina I had lost over the years. Meeting Joe outside of Crossfit and getting to know him a little is what gave me the comfort level to actually walk into a Crossfit box for the first time.
How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym?
I have more energy now, tough and physically demanding jobs no longer leave me exhausted and unable to function at home. I’m able to work hard and still come home and play with my kids and do things with my family instead of just collapsing. I also have more confidence; I feel like I can better handle the unexpected things life throws at me because I’m physically and mentally tougher then I was before Crossfit.
What makes CrossFit Destroyer unique?
It’s the community of people there. It’s a very encouraging, supportive environment. Despite being one of the older slower people I’ve never been made to feel less then anyone else. As long as you’re giving your all, no matter what that is, everyone will cheer you on and encourage you. It’s me against me, not anyone else and you’re never made to feel bad about what you can’t do, only good about what you did do. I’ve been consistently surprised at how far beyond my perceived limits this has allowed me to push myself.
Joe and Steph do an excellent job of fostering this environment as well as patiently explaining how to do complex lifts, over and over sometimes for those of us who are kind of slow to catch on. They are also very good about scaling the workouts to fit individual needs and limitations.
Advice for people just getting started:
Just do it! It’s hard at first, no getting around it, but when you realize that what was hard is now easy, and what was impossible is now merely hard, it’s a fantastic feeling and you will want more. The pain fades, the strength doesn’t.