Within a couple of weeks after Joshua started CrossFitting with us, I distinctly remember him telling me, “I never used to enjoy any form of working out until CrossFit.” Now, over two years later, Joshua is still getting after it with a vengeance. It’s been a true joy, especially from a coach’s perspective, to watch him grow into the athlete that he was always meant to be! Joshua has clearly defined goals, and he chases after them with great fervor — if you haven’t met him, you can most likely find him putting in some extra work at our Open Gym…so glad to have you as a part of our family, Joshua!
Occupation: Software developer
When did you start CrossFitting? June or July, 2012
When did you first start training at Big Horn CrossFit? June or July, 2012
Favorite WOD (workout): Named: Grace; Unnamed: anything with bear complex
Least favorite WOD (workout): Named: Fran (of course!); Unnamed: anything with burpees or 800m runs
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: Little to none until I started CrossFit.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My wife Marilyn was going to a personal trainer that recommended it, and she dragged me to Big Horn one day.
Take us back to your first WOD (workout): It was awful! Something like:
12 minute AMRAP:
10 kettle bell swings
I was doing zero physically active things at the time, and got to about the third round before I just laid down mid-burpee. Of course, that’s when I knew that CrossFit was a thing I had to do, regularly!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body? I’ve gained at least 15 pounds of muscle, and have a net loss overall of 40 pounds of body fat. I’m wearing a larger size in pants, but I’m certain that’s due to the triple extension in all the Oly lifting, plus all the other hip-heavy work we do.
What sort of changes have you seen in your life? I have more energy, and am not sluggish in the afternoon. I actually like getting exercise now, which is a complete change. I still hate running, but that’s because I’d rather row.
Favorite Big Horn CrossFit moments: There’s too many great moments to choose from, so I’ll speak to two things overall that I love about BHCF:
First is the move into the bigger space. I love how much the gym has grown, and how many awesome people we have! Second is how much people encourage each other with where they’re at. There’s no egos, no judgment, which is a vast difference to what I’ve experienced at other fitness/workout facilities and programs.
Advice for people getting started? Show up. Listen to your coaches. Be safe, you don’t need to PR every time.
Hobbies, interests outside of CrossFit? Video games, tabletop roleplaying games.