Tony B – Athlete Profile

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Name:

Tony B

Hometown:

Omaha, NE (born in Riverside, CA)

Age:

39

Occupation:

Counselor for Douglas County Drug Court program

When did you first start CrossFitting:

May 2015

When did you first start training at IHCF:

June 2015

Favorite WOD:

any WOD I have just completed

Least Favorite WOD:

“Karen.”  I mean 150 wall balls?  Why?

Tell us about your sports and fitness background:

Football, wrestling, ARMY training, been lifting weights since I was a young guy

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Take us back to your first WOD… what was it and how did it feel:

A FB friend invited me to a free class @ Elkhorn CF.  We did a bootcamp WOD with burpees and deadlifts with a 200 SU buy in/out.  I loved it and was hooked.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit (before/after):

I have “smaller” muscles now.  Maybe leaner is the term I should use, but I feel more solid and for sure stronger already.  My core is the best it has ever been and I have had a gut my whole life! I also have to say my cardio is much improved and my mental endurance is at a place it hasn’t been since I was in the ARMY.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected:

I have made new friends which is less easy the older I get.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit/IHCF moments:

I dig anytime an IHCF member makes a great joke to cut the tension of how hard this stuff really is.  IHCF has some truly funny members!  Personally learning how to do kipping pull-ups has been a real motivating moment.

Any advice for people just getting started:

Fear motivates.  It motivates you to fight or run away.  CF will help you to fight more often than to run.

What are your hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFit:

I read a lot, I coach youth sports, I’m interested in a lot of interesting theories mostly picked up from podcasts I listen to about history, the earth, the cosmos and civilization, I can “play” guitar and sing.  I can eat much more than it looks like.  I tried standup comedy a few times.  Most of all I just think people are fantastic!

Thanks, Tony, for sharing a little bit about yourself with us!  It’s been a great deal of fun getting to know you and seeing your growth as an athlete!