Name: Russell L.
Hometown: Burke, VA USA
PCF: When did you start with PCF?
RL: April 2011
PCF: Favorite WOD?
SM: Helen OR I always really enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas WOD for some reason.
PCF: Least Favorite WOD?
RL: Anything with pistols. I don’t do pistols.
PCF: What is your prior fitness background? What was your exposure to CF before coming to PCF?
RL: Lifelong soccer player on a year round basis and competitive level up until college, where I put the boots aside and my focus switched to 12oz curls. My weight training days started in high school when my coach wanted me to add more explosiveness to my lanky frame. Stuck with the gym for years with an emphasis on calf raises and skull crushers, then got bored and looked to get my lungs back and ran a marathon while living in San Diego. It was out there that CrossFit was really growing in popularity but I hadn’t dabbled yet. However, my roommate at the time was catching the fever. When I moved back here he actually opened his own box out there and I would try to complete the WODs he was programming on my own at Gold’s. A few weeks later when that became a complete pain in the ass, I went to a free class at the old Potomac location and signed up within a week.
PCF: Talk to us about your thoughts after completing your first WOD.
RL: I believe we completed a half Cindy, and my initial thought was “Oh sh*t, I’m out of shape”.Â I knew I had some work to do which was motivating, and aside from that I was kind of amazed with how much fun I had as part of the class. From being the guy who solo trained for a marathon, or lifted for 8 some years with headphones in and maybe a lifting partner, it was awesome to have a workout that felt like my old high school track or soccer practices. That group competitive environment was the biggest hook for me.
PCF: Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark WODs. Favorite WOD?
RL: If you’ve ever ridden the Rebel Yell roller coaster at King’s Dominion, you will understand my workout programming. The 1 month of crossfit followed by 1 month of Oreos seems to work for me. I don’t really know how I compare to 4 years ago on some of the key WODs, but Helen is kind of my personal benchmark WOD. If I can fly through the run, and then go unbroken (or close) on the KBS and the pull-ups, I know I am doing alright.
PCF: Favorite CF/PCF moments youâ€™d like to share?
RL: Listening to Wilson’s Paleo Challenge presentation in which somehow he combined nutrition advice with scientific categories like “skinny bitch syndrome” in a very informative seminar. That or the recent Patriot anniversary party, from which I didn’t pick up my car until two days later (sorry!). Needless to say, that was fun and we should do more of those.
PCF: Any advice for our newbies?
RL: Find that balance between showing up and listening to your body. No point in getting injured, and rest is an often ignored day of programming for some. Sometimes my best performances or #gainz come after I’ve taken a week off from workouts.
Additionally, find some people to regularly compete with and talk trash with. I recruited two of my high school soccer buddies into the gym (Brian & Chris) and even though these guys are featherweights compared to me, they also can kick my ass in some movements. Knowing their WOD scores if they went earlier in the day gives me a goal for that day. Or in the longer term, it highlights a weak point that I need to improve on in order to match them.
PCF: And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best looking and most fabulous PCF coach around?
RL: Errrrrika. She’s the only coach that calls me out on the crap that flies out of my mouth 🙂
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