April 2017 Spotlight Athlete: Lang Dorsey
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
I have been working out most of my life and had seen CrossFit competitions on ESPN, but it never actually occurred to me to seek out and join a box. Until, while visiting my brother in Atlanta he informed me we were going to go workout and on the way he started talking about his CrossFit gym and by then we had arrived, so I marched into the gallows expecting the worst only to emerge a CrossFit believer!
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
My #1 goal is to stay health and in shape. When I started I could barely manage (10) pull-ups, could only overhead squat a PVC pipe, and in general felt like I had never actually worked out before in my life, or at least completed a real workout. At the open I snatched 135# (take that PVC pipe), can finish Nancy unbroken, and at last count did (14) rounds where (10) pull-ups where required per round and I did them all unbroken.
What do you like best about the gym?
I am very type “A” individual and I find it very difficult sometimes to shut down my mind and relax. However, every-time I step into the box my mind clears and my only concern is how I am going to manage to score a PR and/or survive the WOD.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
I really like “Nancy” because of the overhead squats, or I’m all in on anything with ropes, wall balls, box overs, or rowers.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
Anything with double unders! At this point, it is embarrassing that I have not been able to figure out how to string together a series of double unders. If I cannot master or semi-master this movement by next year’s open, then my penalty will be no craft beer for (3) months.
What motivates you to show up day after day?
The stress relief, comradery, and the hint of a competitive environment, which motivates me to get after it…
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
My only negative thoughts are my concerns about injuring myself by going to heavy on some of the WODs I.E. especially deadlifts!
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
The first day I started… It was a brisk February morning and following the WOD I felt like I was coughing up blood. There was no blood, but the memory of the intensity of the workout has engrained a fond, yet painful memory into my brain.
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Other than Ryan hurting my feelings and Liz hogging up a 30 square meter area during open gym there have been no least favorite moments. As a side note it is impossible for a non-family member to actually hurt my feelings…
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
I am trying to master a majority of the English dialects and can currently do a typical English, English Cockney, Irish, Scottish, Indian, Australian and am working on South African and Canadian. I find this skill comes in handy when telling jokes…
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
“It’s going to be epic”
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
I want to win this spring’s Festivus “Masters Division” competition (I love this year’s WODs), squat 300 lbs., clean 210 lbs. and string together on average 25 dubs.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Jump in and attend on a regular basis, so that you can see and feel your progress and your friends and family can physically see your progress. Additionally, you are going to be in pain for at least (4) months, so suck it up, as it will go away soon enough.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
We all know that your current workout is not motivating, probably not effective and most certainly boring at best. CrossFit will change all of that if you are willing to jump in and stay at it on a regular basis.
Coach’s Comments: “Langry” just hit his two-year mark with us at Strongpoint and came to us in the winter of 2015 with a very solid fitness base. He did, however, have very little exposure to Olympic lifting and many of the intermediate weightlifting movements that we do in CrossFit. He has aggressively worked on his weaknesses resulting in steady, consistent improvement. Lang participated in the Spring Festivus Games in 2016 finishing third in the masters division of his first competition. He went on to finish first in the 50-54 age group at the Spartan Super in Palm Coast in December of that year. Most recently Lang competed in his first CrossFit Open where he nearly cracked the top 200 in the region for his division. Lang has volunteered as a judge for two of our competitions and also referred in his wife, Christine, who has become an awesome member as well. We have enjoyed working with Lang to date and look forward to seeing him continue to grow in the future!