July Spotlight Athlete: Ken Hall
1. What made you decide to start CrossFit?
I had heard a lot about it on the news and via Facebook from friends who had tried it. What finally made me pull the trigger was when I started dating my girlfriend, who did CrossFit at another gym and told me how much she enjoyed it. I figured I’d give it shot because I couldn’t have my girlfriend being stronger than me 😉
2. What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
I immediately noticed that my cardio had gotten much better and over time, my strength has vastly improved. I have seen improvements in any sports that I play and in all physical activity that I engage in.
3. What do you like best about the gym?
The people! Strongpoint is a tight-knit community where everyone encourages each other to be better and to push themselves to the limits. You just don’t find that at a regular gym and I really believe it helps you to become a better athlete, feel good about what you are doing, and WANT to go to the gym.
4. What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
I love any WOD with a barbell (except Thrusters)
5. What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
Tabata. Can’t stand it.
6. What motivates you to show up day after day?
Continuous improvement and results. I feel better about myself when I go to the gym and there is nothing better than that post-WOD high. The difference between CrossFit and a standard globo-gym is that I actually enjoy going to work out and look forward to exercising. I could never say that about any type of workout regimen I have done prior to this.
7. What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best? Honestly, there is always a little concern in the back of my mind about getting injured and not being able to continue. CrossFit has its risks just like any other sport, but it’s all about being smart, using proper form, and listening to your body.
8. What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? I have many memorable moments, but for some reason, the first time I hit a 225lb clean was a big deal to me. There’s something awesome about hitting a new PR that you just can’t beat.
9. What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? Probably coming back to the gym after taking off almost a month. You wouldn’t think it would make a huge difference, but I felt like I had started from scratch all over again.
10. What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
I have a martial arts background and have met Chuck Norris 3 times. Yup, true story.
11. What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
12. What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year? I really want to focus more on weightlifting and improving my Snatches and Cleans.
13. What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Stick with it, don’t quit – you will see results. When it comes to movements and weightlifting, focus on form over weight! Most importantly, push yourself to your limits to realize your full potential; your mind will quit before your body ever does.
14. What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting? Give it a shot; you have nothing to lose, other than that beer belly you’ve been wanting to get rid of.
Coach’s Comments: Ken came to us in April of 2013 as an already reasonably fit individual. He decided pretty early on that three days a week was simply not enough and bumped his membership to unlimited… he couldn’t get enough Strongpoint “love” in three days a week! The coaching staff has seen dramatic improvements in his endurance, technique and strength since that time. He has dipped his feet into competition on three occasions as an individual at our in-house competition, as part of a team at Fall Free for All, and then again in the CrossFit Open. Ken also referred in Taylor Troedson, who has become an awesome member in her own right. Of note, Ken has acted on some great ideas to improve the gym. He was solely responsible for changing the configuration of the high rings last winter making it much easier to complete muscle up workouts with a full class. He also built and set up the new stereo system, constructed the wall ball rack, and moved the clock to a position that can now be seen throughout the gym, which also alleviated the need to move it during certain workouts. Ken has been an integral member of the gym and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future!