April Spotlight Athlete: Dr. Rhett Butler
I joined Strongpoint to help me train for a Tough Mudder. My initial perception of CrossFit was that it was too extreme and hard on the body. After a few weeks, I realized it wasn’t anything like I thought, just a different way to condition in a competitive atmosphere. That was a little over a year ago and I’m probably in the best shape I’ve ever been thanks to CrossFit. I have also created a lot of friendships. Maybe it’s because we’ve suffered through multiple WODs together.
1. What made you decide to start CrossFit? I started because I signed up for a Tough Mudder and I thought CrossFit would be a great way to train for it.
2. What results have you seen or goals have you achieved? Incredible gains in endurance and strength.
3. What do you like best about the gym? The community is great. Everyone is encouraging to others and rarely leave until everyone is finished with the WOD.
4. What is your favorite exercise or WOD? Workouts that are in the 10min-25min range.
5. What is your least favorite exercise or WOD? If you know me at all, you know I will never do pistols Rx.
6. What motivates you to show up day after day? The competitive aspect of it and seeing yourself get better whether it be from a PR or secretly comparing yourself to someone else in the gym.
7. What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best? I try not to think negatively. There’s no reason to.
8. What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? It has to be my first muscle up. It took me about a year to get it. I worked with “the ring thing” for a while. As I became more and more comfortable with the false grip, I would add weight on a vest. Eventually, the false grip became second nature and I was able to get a muscle up. It felt really good to get on top of those rings.
9. What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? I did the Filthy 50 the first week I joined. That was beyond miserable.
10. What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you? I’m one of the most strategic and competitive people I know, It may be because I grew up with all brothers but I hate to lose more than I’ll ever enjoy winning. But I like to think I’m realistic in my expectations to win.
11. What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit? You get some pretty good ones on bring-a-friend day. My friend told me he was going to go home and pee blood after Tabata.
12. What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year? Snatch 225lbs, Clean 280lbs.
13. What advice would you give to someone who just started out? Nothing is easy starting out, but when you find yourself bent over with your hands on your knees, realize you’re going to make yourself better when you keep going.
14. What advice would you give to someone who was on the fence about starting? No one likes change. Change is inevitable though. Commit to changing the way you work out for one month and you’ll find you have your own answers to all these questions.
Coach’s Comments: “Dr.” Rhett started in January of 2013 as an already reasonably fit individual. He started slowly creeping up the leaderboard within the first few months of joining the gym and is now routinely toward the top of the gym on any given workout. While he had just joined Strongpoint, he jumped right into the 2013 CrossFit Open and performed well. This served as good experience for the 2014 Open when Rhett finished in the top five men on each workout including a gym high score on 14.2. His work ethic is perhaps his greatest attribute. Rhett routinely attends open gym sessions to work on skills and improve his weaknesses. Beyond that, he referred in his wife, Ashley, who has become an awesome member in her own right, and the two of them have referred in three other current and former members. Rhett has contributed a pair of articles to the gym newsletter and was generous enough to provide free adjustments as prizes for the winners of the 5K Gone Bad competition the gym hosted in December of 2013. Additionally, he can be seen around the gym on a regular basis providing health advice, Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue work for many of the other members. He has been a pleasure to coach and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future!
*Photo credit to Laura Davie for snapping the shot and Donald Floresca for photobombing it!