Hey ETown family, today we get to highlight one of our awesome members, Mark! When Mark came to us, he was an avid runner that had restrictions in his strength and mobility. Over the past few months, Mark has demonstrated that hard work, consistency, and belief in oneself can propel you to achieve great things. Mark’s movements, strength, and athletic ability are completely unrecognizable from the first time we met him. He always has a great attitude in class, and soaks up every ounce of knowledge he can from our coaches. I can’t wait to see where Mark will be a year from now, because with his determination, the sky is the limit!
What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit?
I was and still am a runner. I have always liked endurance races. I run everything from a 5k to a 50 Mile, dabble in some mountain biking, sometimes you may even find me trying to play men’s recreational hockey.
What inspired you to start CrossFit, and how has it changed your life inside and outside of the gym?
Last year I was not feeling very competitive towards my running, as a result, I was not obtaining the results I had previously taken for granted. I figured it was time to try something different. CrossFit has made me appreciate that there is a lot more to fitness than simply being able to run fast. Fitness is a combination of strength, endurance and my nemesis, flexibility. Due to my participation in CrossFit I now have an appreciation for all the elements of fitness and have the will and encouragement to work at my weaknesses.
Being an experienced runner, how has CrossFit benefited your running? What kind of changes have you felt?
CrossFit has changed my body composition, my muscle mass has increased, and my weight has dropped. This has made me faster. Spending all winter working my cardio in some of the lung buster WODs has given me the mental will to push harder at the end of a race when I am totally spent.
What do you enjoy most about CrossFit? What has it taught you about yourself?
At 6:30 AM I have already completed a WOD and have been surrounded by positive people. It’s a great way to start the day. CrossFit has taught me that working slowly and steadily towards a goal will reap long term benefits.
If you could pick one movement in the gym (besides running) that best represents who you are, what would it be and why?
The clean and jerk. When I first saw it being done, I thought I would never be able to pull it off. This week I cleaned 125, and although it’s still a work in progress, I know that with more practice I will be able to lift more weight and maybe even start enjoying the Olympic movements ????
You have two foods that you can eat for the rest of your life with no health effects. One has to be junk food, the other has to be healthy. Which two do you choose and why?
Unhealthy food – Fish and Chips as cooked in the UK, I love them so much. Healthy food, steel cut oatmeal with some berries and honey, pair it with a small smoothie and it’s a great breakfast for the days when I am doing CrossFit and running.
If you had a theme song that played any time you walked through a doorway, what would it be and why?
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit. Why? It’s been my pump it jam since 1991.
Why would you recommend CrossFit to someone who is looking to get in shape and change their life habits?
Because a good gym like ETown gives you all the tools to succeed: from the Right Start program, through to guidance during our workouts and great nutrition advice. Ultimately, CrossFit enables you to do cool shit with your body, lift more and push harder.
Top three favorite movies of all time: name them!
GoodFellas, Pulp Fiction, Raiders of the lost Ark.