Name: C Casto
Hometown: Can’t pick just one. Thanks USAF!
PCF: When did you start with PCF?
CC: February 2011
PCF: Favorite WOD?
SM: Anything with hang cleans and hand release push ups. Big fan of “The Chief.”
PCF: Least Favorite WOD?
CC: Anything with running. Seriously.
PCF: What is your prior fitness background? What was your exposure to CF before coming to PCF?
CC: I was active through high school and played a year of club lacrosse at WVU. I dabbled off and on with bouts of wanting to be in shape throughout my 20’s, but after I got married, I definitely fell off of the wagon. My wife and I went to Africa in 2010 and when I looked at the pics I realized just how far off of the wagon I had fallen. So my friend Chris M, also a Potomac 1.0 guy, said “you should sign up for CrossFit. I guarantee you’ll get a work out.” I signed up for foundations without ever having even seen what CrossFit was. Seriously. Had no clue what I was getting into. I started the day after my birthday weighing a robust 246lbs, which isn’t a good look at 5’11” and you are about 79% body fat.
PCF: Talk to us about your thoughts after completing your first WOD.
CC: First WOD? How about first Foundations class? Pete and Tara were fantastic, but I have no idea how they put up with me. I couldn’t do anything. Pull ups were with the old black band at Potomac 1.0, which I think removes about 75lbs of resistance, and I still had trouble. The first real WOD I remember was coming to a Saturday two weeks into Foundations. It was a real awakening when Tara, the bad cop in the “good cop, bad cop” of my foundations coaches (still love you Tara!), walked up as I was dying and leaning against the wall approximately 4 minutes into a 20 minute AMRAP and yells “THERE IS NO REST AGAINST THE WALL PROGRAMMED INTO THIS WOD!” But seriously, the motivation helped and 16 minutes later I collapsed onto the floor. I was hooked.
PCF: Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark WODs. Favorite WOD?
CC: I remember the first time I did a CF Total I think it was like 95 on the press, 185 on squat and 225 on the deadlift. The last time I did it the press was 145 (F my shoulder), 315 on squat and 365 deadlift. And you know, stuff like actually doing pull ups, push ups, etc… I do keep a log of my WODs, but none really stick out to me that much. It’s more of now I am Rx-ing stuff that would have been hilarious to me 4 years ago. I set goals 2 years ago to have a bodyweight C&J (accomplished), 150% bodyweight squat (accomplished) and a sub 9:00 mile (accomplished once, and it will never happen again because running is for cowards).
PCF: Favorite CF/PCF moments youâ€™d like to share?
CC: Potomac 1.0 was so small that there were always coaches working out and I really appreciated Wilkins and Boston Mike pretty much every day stopping working out and helping me with things. They didn’t have to, and it made all the difference. Paul and his amazing coaching at Patriot which consists of “You know you can lift it. Just pick up the f***ing bar.” My every other Friday visits to the 0930 with Erika which I enjoy beyond belief. The back of the gym lifting crew for the 1630 that rotates between Paul, JP, Emily, Dan K, etc… I have so much fun with the people I work out with it doesn’t seem like a workout, except for the laying on the floor in a heap at the very end.
Oh, and keeping my squat and C&J weights just out of reach of Erika. Bodyweight ratio is irrelevant.
PCF: Any advice for our newbies?
CC: First, listen to the coaches and don’t be afraid to ask questions. They get as much enjoyment out of you succeeding as you will when you hit a PR.
Second, listen to your body. If you tweak something, don’t attack it. Rehab, foam rolling, lax balls and active recovery are your best friends. I didn’t enjoy the 5Ks I was rowing in lieu of lifting last year when I hurt my knee, but I still tracked the times and improvements.
Finally, just stick with it. You’ll improve if you try and eat right. Don’t worry, bourbon has no calories and is 100% paleo.
PCF: And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best looking and most fabulous PCF coach around?
CC: While I have gone through oh so many coaches in my 4+ years, no coach has had a bigger impact on me than Erika with her smile and encouragement when I (rarely) do something right. So while I love all of our coaches, and you are all extremely good looking and athletic people, that race isn’t even close.
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