First Name & Last Initial:
Director of Development at The Durham Museum
When did you first start CrossFitting:
When did you first start training at IHCF:
Anything with lifting right now
Least Favorite WOD:
Tell us about your sports and fitness background:
I played football into high school and some intramural in college but have never really been much of an athlete.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… What was it and how did it feel?:
I had some friends at other gyms that did it and loved it, so I looked for a place near home that I’d be able to get to with my busy schedule. Those first few weeks I was really self conscious and was worried what I had gotten myself into, but those feelings went away pretty quick when I started noticing I was able to surprise myself if I just focused on me and not what everyone else was doing. Oh yeah, and I was exhausted and hurt all over.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected:
I’ve added several pounds of muscle and trimmed out a bit too. My recovery from workouts is a lot faster. My mental toughness and overall energy, especially after a stressful day is much much better. Started eating better too and I can see how it all fits together – mind, body, spirit zen-type stuff.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit/IHCF moments:
My favorite moment was revisiting the baseline workout I did on my first “day” – the rowing, squats, situps, pushups, ring rows thing. After three months, I’d shaved about a third off my time. I was blown away and felt awesome about what I’d accomplished. That’s been fueling me for my next three months.
Any advice for people just getting started:
Just show up
What are you hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFit:
Music, playing guitar, history, fantasy football, biking (if you consider taco ride biking), traveling, and basic adulting.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Corey! You’ve certainly grown as an athlete, without a doubt! And by the way, that beard is looking pretty manly…