Name: Nick R.
Hometown: Houston, TX
Occupation: IT Professional
When did you first Try/start CrossFitting?
I had tired CrossFit on my own at the gym in 2011 but I didn't stick with it for very long.
When did you first start training at Fidelis CrossFit?
I started training at Fidelis in August of 2012.
Tell us about your sport/fitness background
I grew up playing sports, mostly baseball. I played baseball throughout high school and into my early twenties. In college I got into a class at the University of Houston called the Tiger Study where our fitness progress was tracked over two semesters. We had to do thirty minutes of cardio three times a week. After that I got into weight lifting by using methods I found in the Muscle and Fitness Magazine. After injuring myself I gave up lifting and became sedentary. Even though I grew up being active and playing sports I've always struggled with my weight and being out of shape.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel?
My brother got into CrossFit a few years back and told me about it. I tried to do it on my own at the gym using the WODs posted on crossfit.com but I definitely wasn't doing it right. In 2013 we bought a house in Katy and I decided that I wanted to join a CrossFit Box and found out that Fidelis had just opened right outside our neighborhood. My wife Jackie and I joined the box in August. I don't remember exactly what the first WOD was but it was tough. I was sucking wind the whole time and when it was over I just remember sitting there in the box not wanting to move because I was afraid I was gonna puke.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
Lots of changes have happened since starting. Before I used to eat anything and everything I was terrible about my diet. I was overweight and tired all the time. CrossFit has forced me to eat better because from the very beginning I could tell the difference in my performance when I wasn't eating right. I want to perform my best during the WOD so now I eat to get the best performance. Since starting I've lost over 20 lbs. and 6% body fat. I'm stronger and more energetic then I have been in many years. My strength has increased tremendously since starting CrossFit. In the months since I started I've added almost 100lbs to my max dead lift and I can do pull-ups for the first time in my life. (Kipping, Haters gonna hate)
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
Besides the changes to my body, the biggest change has to be my nutrition. I eat to perform not to look good. Although looking better is a nice side effect. I don't feel tired all the time any more. I have energy that lasts the entire day and I'm motivated to do the things I love to do. Physically I'm stronger than I have ever been and I love the feeling I get from finishing a particularly tough WOD it is a great sense of accomplishment. Also I never had any idea what a great community there is in CrossFit. The people I workout with at the box have become great friends and motivators. Nobody is there alone, we all work together.
Do you have a favorite or least favorite movement, or WOD?
I love the Olympic lifts, probably because those are the ones I'm best at. Wall walks are the bane of my existence; I always have trouble with them. I'd have to say that my favorite WODs have to be the Hero WODs just because they are the toughest workouts there are but the feeling you get from finishing is a great reward and they serve as a reminder of the sacrifice those people gave for our country.
Please share with us any favorite Fidelis CrossFit moments:
My favorite moments have to be the community WODs when everyone gets together as a family and we all work together. The Christmas WODs, Hero WODs and Holiday WODs when we all suffer together. Also after the 45-Day Challenge getting together and having a big cheat meal and going bowling with everybody was great too.
Any advice for people just getting started?
For me the hardest part was just signing up. Just picking up the phone and calling to setup that first workout was the hardest part. Once you get in the door I'm not gonna lie, it will be hard and you will want to puke and you may want to quit. But after that first workout is over you feel a great sense of accomplishment. You will not be alone, we all work together and we have some of the best Coaches around. It's a lot of fun or I wouldn't keep going back. So just come down and try it. Stop making excuses and pick up the phone. Embrace the suck.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?My hobbies include doing the GORUCK Challenge (Google it), completing the WOD as fast as possible, working on double unders and muscle ups, coaching as much as possible, mountain biking, and chillin' out max and relaxin' all cool and shootin' some b-ball outside of the school. Also spending time with family and friends.