First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?
After going to college in Wales and working for IBM for 3 years, I decided it was time for an adventure, so I moved to Raleigh in 1993 (yes, 1993) and have been married to Leigh for the last 9 years. We have 2 girls, Anna and Willow. During the days, I work for Republic Wireless as their VP of Member Experience and I am also the co-founder and CEO of a performance car lifestyle company in the Triangle called Hwyl Auto Club.
How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?
After playing rugby in school, I started weight training and reached a plateau after a few years. After neck fusion surgery, I became half man half couch for a few years until I got up and got back on my bike. I joined the Y but weight training didn’t hold the appeal it once did. This went on for a few years. A couple of folks at Republic Wireless were into CrossFit and worked out at CrossFit RDU. I thought I would try it, and had driven past Surmount several times. So, I dropped in, and haven’t looked back.
What was the first workout that you completed?
After my first foundations class with Marni, we did a very short squat tabata. My legs hurt the next day. I was shocked, and hooked. The other thing that happened during that workout was a couple of people (Mike and Janet) joined me to do the tabata so I wouldn’t have to do it myself. They had literally just finished a class, and I was amazed they would want to do that again. The feeling of community was very apparent.
What are your current and future training goals?
Well, I’ve been humbled on an almost daily basis at the box, but I can tell a huge difference in my strength and conditioning. My current goals are to be able to do each movement. So, rope climbs, pull ups and double unders, and then longer term, muscle ups. Future goals are to just keeping getting stronger and in better condition. Would love to get my body fat down to under 15%
What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?
Deadlifts, cleans and rowing.
What is your least favorite activity or lift?
It used to be sit-ups and burpees, but I am learning to embrace the suck. Current least favorite is box jumps. My knees always scream after those.
What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?
Deadlift PR during the Intrabox. Broke 300 for the first time and doing it for the team took me right back to my rugby days when it was about everyone else. Seeing Tijuana jumping for joy was also worth every lb of it
What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?
I enjoy both because mastering the technique for each movement is totally new to me. I just used to sling weights around when I was younger. I enjoy learning how to do the movements properly and growing from there. Leaving my ego in the car every workout has been the best thing I’ve ever done.
What is your favorite food(s)?
I love food and love to cook, but meatballs are my kryptonite, washed down with a really good glass of wine.
What are 3 fun facts about yourself?
1. First plane I ever flew in was to leave the UK and come to the US
2. As well as rugby and soccer in college, I was captain of the badminton team
3. I used to work in the prison in Raleigh. (ok, I was writing software, but I can say I was in jail)