September Spotlight Athlete: Hiawatha Tiller
1. What made you decide to start CrossFit? A few co-workers were talking about it and saying how amazing it was. I figured it was worth checking out. I enrolled into an introductory one month class and was instantly hooked after the first workout. I realized at that moment I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was.
2. What results have you seen or goals have you achieved? I was amazed at how quickly my cardio improved. After a few months of CrossFit, I also noticed that my strength had improved just as drastically as my cardio.
3. What do you like best about the gym? I have to say the people. I have never been in an environment where the energy was this positive. Prior to doing CrossFit, I had been going to a local gym for about 2 years and everyone kind of does their own thing. With CrossFit, there is a communal aspect to the workout where everyone cheers you on and you cheer them on. That’s a recipe for success in my opinion. Next I would say the coaches. Having knowledgeable people leading you makes a huge difference. I have really enjoyed the programming that Ryan Miller has instituted and I really appreciate his methodical approach to training.
4. What is your favorite exercise or WOD? If I have to pick a favorite exercise it would be sit-ups. Hard to believe that doing sit-ups as punishment in my youth would pay off so well in adulthood J (thanks dad).
5. What is your least favorite exercise or WOD? Heavy thrusters. Man, those things give me nightmares.
6. What motivates you to show up day after day? The constant changes to the workouts. I understand that to be successful you have to take incremental steps and I have seen amazing results merely by staying persistent. It amazes me that even on days where you are missing lifts you are improving merely from just being there.
7. What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best? The normal lies you tell yourself that you can’t accomplish something because it is either too difficult or you haven’t mastered the appropriate technique. Not to sound cliché but I have since instituted a pre-lift thought from a little green Jedi Master with pointy ears. “Do or Do Not, there is no try.”
8. What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? There are many to choose from but the most recent memory was getting a strict muscle up on the rings when I didn’t expect it to happen. I do owe credit to Ryan Miller on convincing me to learn the false grip. Without that technique I feel it would have taken me months to master a muscle up versus a couple of weeks.
9. What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?Injuries. There have been times when I didn’t leave the ego at the door and attempted to muscle through workouts with improper form. I ended up getting injured a couple of times before I realized that a few extra reps performed incorrectly wasn’t worth it when my body had been telling me to slowdown and scale.
10. What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?The story on why my father chose my name.
11. What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit? Not really a quote but staring at Laura Davie as she coaches with a dumb founded look invokes huge amounts of laughter.
12. What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?My goal for the next year is to continually get better at the movements I have somewhat mastered but I will be putting more emphasis on Olympic weightlifting movements and mobility.
13. What advice would you give to someone who just started out?Try not to get discouraged. Most of the movements in CrossFit take time to master the correct technique and that you need to take incremental steps. Keep it fun and learn to laugh and joke around.
14. What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting? What do you have to lose? Don’t let your fear of failure dictate your decision. Everyone else at the box started at the beginning as well.
Coach’s Comments: Hiawatha epitomizes the hard work and consistency required to truly make the most of and succeed in CrossFit. “H” as he typically appears on the board, routinely trains 4-5 days per week and can always be counted on to put forth his full effort into each and every training session. His hard work paid off throughout July and August as he set new personal records on deadlift, push jerk, back squat, and Fran. Plus he got his first strict and kipping muscle ups. Hiawatha competed and performed well at the Spring Festivus and is already registered for Director’s Cut and Fall Festivus in October. Besides his personal exploits, Hiawatha is a team player through and through going out of his way during the “No Baby” competition in July to cook up and deliver some energy bites for all of our competitors! He is yet another from the long line of Spotlight Athletes from Beeline and last year’s Summer Challenge. Hiawatha has become an integral part of our community and the staff is excited to continue working with him in the future!
PS: 40 is the new 30.
*Photo credit to Anthony Duran from 904 Fitness.