SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE: Brad Griffin

We’d like to congratulate our February Spotlight Athlete, Brad Griffin! Brad has been a member at CrossFit Rolesville for almost a year now and we love having him apart of our community. He has shown consistency, grit, and a ton of growth. Brad focuses on form and makes an effort to understand the purpose of each WOD so he can achieve the correct stimulus each day. He is very coachable, has made great progress, and we couldn’t be prouder to call him a CFR athlete!

Age:  Haha, 39 for a few more days.  I will be turning the big 40 this month. 

Occupation:  IT Consultant

Proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Rolesville?  There are many, but if I had to settle on one, it would probably be my first Bar Muscle Up.

How did you find CFR? Why do you train?  I remember seeing the free 7 day trial on Facebook.  I had been thinking about trying out CrossFit for a while, so I gave it a shot.  I’m glad I did and hate I didn’t try it out sooner.  I train to maintain an active lifestyle and stay in shape. Working in IT, there is the opportunity to fall into a sedentary lifestyle, as much of my time is spent behind a computer screen.  I try to counter that as much as possible by using a standing desk and training at least 3 days each week.

What is your favorite moment so far at CFR?  Favorite moment so far was the Deadman Wodding competition, when I hit a PR on the Power Clean.  There was a lot going on during the competition, but with everything going on and through all of the noise, I just remember Dan, Mark, and Megan’s voices very clearly providing words of encouragement, which pushed me to reach a new PR.

What is your daily motivation to workout?  2 things.  As much as I can, I want to set a good healthy active lifestyle example for my 2 sons and I want to keep moving now so that I will be able to keep moving when I get older if that makes sense. I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t seek motivation from trying to pick up some spotson the leaderboard, hit new PRs, and compete, but I look at those things as a bonus.

 

Favorite and least favorite movements?  Box Jumps are probably my current favorite because I feel they are one of the movements I am able to be most competitive at.  Overhead Squat is probably my current least favorite because I’m still working to be 100% comfortable with the proper form.  I say current because I imagine my favorite and least favorite movements will change over time, as my abilities change.

What’s one thing you would tell to a new CrossFitter?  I could go on and on in my response to this question, just ask my family, especially my wife, and close friends, but I will try to keep it brief.  A quote I’ve seen recently comes to mind on this question, “One day, or day one, You decide.”  I was in the one day camp for a while, until I gave CFR a try almost a year ago, which was when my day one started.  I’ve never looked back.  Being new to CrossFit when I tried CFR, I don’t have any other CrossFit boxes to compare to CFR and the coaching staff, Thomas, Megan, Peter, and Graham, but in my experience, being a member of CFR is unlike any other gym or fitness center I have ever been a member of.  The workouts are all built around pushing your abilities to new levels, from the warm-up routine, to the accessory work, working on proper form for each of the movements, what seems like an infinite number of scaled workout options for any age/ability level, and the support of the coaches in helping you through everything.  And, the support provided by fellow athletes is unparalleled.  It’s like a big family where everyone has the same goal of supporting and pushing each other to reach new levels. So, I would just tell a new CrossFitter, just give it a try.  I think you will find that it was worth it.

One song that gets you amped up during a WOD?  During a WOD, I’m not really paying any attention to what music is playing.  However, I do like to listen to rap music while working out.  One of my favorites is Eminem – Lose Yourself.

Tell us something about yourself that we don’t already know.  I love to grill.  One of my favorite things to cook is chicken wings on an old charcoal grill passed down to me from my grandfather.

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