August Spotlight Athlete: Parker “Golden Boy” Gilbert
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
I wanted something more than the typical “globo-gym” experience, and all the people I was training with were not pushing me hard enough or in the direction I wanted to go. I found CrossFit in 2012 and started following the “.com” WODs and did the 2013 Open workouts in the globo-gym to just see how hard it would be and needless to say I got my butt handed to me. I started working at Beeline and found Strongpoint just around the corner from our office. My first WOD of 15-12-9 of Deadlift 275# and 30” Box Jumps and fell in love and have never looked back.
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
Doing muscle-ups for the first time after seeing Orlando doing them effortlessly my first week in the gym and telling myself, “One day I want to be able to do just 1 of those!” All of my Olympic lifts have improved dramatically over the past year and also my endurance has improved making it easier to push past my mental barrier and keep going. I never allow myself to be satisfied at one spot so I’m always chasing new goals and more weight to add to my lifts.
What do you like best about the gym?
I love our incredible coaching staff and always having a rabbit in RM and other elite guys/gals to chase and push me to go harder and faster. Out of all of the other boxes I’ve dropped in at I still come back to Strongpoint and walk in and take a deep breath….. “Ahhhhh……HOME AT LAST! Nothing like it!” We have an awesome box and grateful to have an owner who cares that we are always improving as athletes and people.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
Nasty Girls V2! 3 Rounds [50 Pistols, 7 Muscle Ups and 10 Hang Cleans] Also any WOD that brings out my weaknesses and makes me realize I have a lot of work to keep me humble and HUNGRY!
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
COE a HERO WOD with 100 THRUSTERS at 95#….need I say more
What motivates you to show up day after day?
Having awesome training partners and people to always push me. Never being satisfied and always pushing my goals. I want to be an “Elite” CrossFit athlete but still have a long way to go.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
I feel like I’m never strong enough and I always use that to drive me to keep training harder. The whole “What is Rich doing?” type of thing; I feel like I’m never doing enough and need to train harder or more often.
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Hang snatching a 20# PR of 225# at Rep Your Box 3 with Ryan and Laura yelling at me “It’s just another bar Parker! This is yours! Take it!” I will always cherish that moment and energy from my coaches, the crowd, and my family.
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Whenever someone hits 1# more than me on a lift…..*cough cough* “FUATA!”, but seriously doing 14.5 the first time and completely dying while doing the bar-facing burpees literally crawling up to jump over the bar. Worst feeling ever!
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
I am very artistic. I airbrush, play drums and sing for my church as well as like to write poetry and songs. I love tattoos but have never gotten one, but will eventually I’m sure I just would have to design it first
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
“What the sam-hill!?!?” – Ryan Miller said while I was doing “weighted arcs” with a barbell
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
I want to get my Clean & Jerk over 300#, snatch 250# and squat over 400#. Also I am training to get ready for the Rx division at Wodapalooza coming up January 2016. I have a lot of conditioning to do in the next 5 months
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
SET GOALS! If you never set goals you’ll never have reference for how far you have come. Never quit whether on yourself or your fellow CrossFitters. You can always mentally push far beyond what you think or perceive. If you find yourself shaking your head “NO” tell yourself “I CAN do this and I WILL do this!”
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
There are thousands of people around the world that do CrossFit and are here to help and encourage you to reach your goals. YOU CAN DO THIS…..you just need to start.
Coach’s comments: Parker came into the gym long on motivation, but a little short on coaching from having been working on CrossFit on his own for some time. He possessed great athleticism and mobility, which when coupled with his work ethic, enabled him to quickly develop his weaknesses into strengths. Parker has become a real ambassador for the gym bringing in numerous “Beeliners,” his wife, Megan, and even his older boy, Carter. I suspect we’ll see Caden on the floor too once he gets a little older. CrossFit has truly become a family affair for the Gilberts! Beyond that, Parker seems to go out of his way to welcome aboard new and prospective members. He routinely offers positive advice and encouragement to our new joins. His comments about belief are spot-on… I learned a while back not to bet Parker that he cannot do something after losing a couple of apparel items betting him he couldn’t do whatever he had in his head to do. Parker has become an awesome member and we look forward to continuing to see what he can do in the future.