JANUARY 2015 :: TY HARDEN

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TY1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters and how did you learn about CrossFit? I started CFM a little over 2 years ago, can’t believe it has been that long already. My buddy, Chris Higgs, was coming and loving it, so I decided to sign up for elements and see what this was all about.

2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? Most rap is what I would say, but the one song that came to mind was… I’m Different, by 2 Chainz.

3 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? I started CF at an important time in my life. I need something to push myself and challenge me in ways I never thought possible. It has been fun to see how I have gotten better at things and even how MANY things still challenge me! But, what I wasn’t expecting, and has been the most important, are the friends I have made through the CFM community. I have told Jim many times the CFM Community is amazing. It is rare find to find a group of people like this that is accepting, positive, and supportive. I have made life-long friends who I am very thankful for. Shout out to Hotbox and my fellow Hoodrats!! It is also an example for my daughter, Maddy, on the importance of fitness. She has been embraced by the CFM community too, which means more than people know.

4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? I don’t really have a favorite WOD, but I like most ground to overhead movements and anything involving cleans or rowing. My arch-nemesis of WODs is Air Force, I was about to quit after doing this for the first time. I didn’t realize how important it was to push through it, so you don’t have to do what seems like 187 buprees.

5 :: What movement challenges you the most? Most of them do, haha!! Double Unders (I absolutely loathe these and may or may not have skipped WODs if these are involved) and thrusters.

6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? Upper Crust Bakery in downtown Overland Park has these shortbread cookies, which are incredible!

7 :: What have been some of your achievements since starting and what are your ambitions moving into 2015? I have done a couple of competitions, which were fun to just put myself out there. For 2015, I hope to go from absolutely hating double unders to just not liking them. And I would like to improve my Air Force time.

8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? This may not be following the “code of CrossFit,” but it is not for everyone. I think if you find something fitness-wise that challenges you and you enjoy it, stick with it. As long as you are pursing health and fitness, I say go for it, CrossFit or not. If you are considering CrossFit, jump and just try it for at least 3 months. This will give you the sample size needed to get through some of the awkward moments of how to do something like a squat clean. I did say “some”, there will always be things to work on.

9 :: What is something others may not know about you? I play guitar, no Stairway to Heaven solo or anything, I can play a little. I feel like I could make about $4 if I played for an hour on a corner on the Plaza on a beautiful spring day.

10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? This is hard to narrow down to one. There first one that comes to mind is when Megan Szczygiel was tied for 3rd at the Halloween Throwdown and it came down to a 500 meter row-off. They brought the two rowers out and the crowd circled the two of them. It felt like, Welcome to the Thunderdome (not sure if everyone will get this reference it’s a bit dated, thus Google), and Megan smoked her! The second is from the first WOD at my first competition. So mid-WOD, I just stopped and looked at my friends there and said, “I am in a mother-f@#$ing competition y’all!!” I was just blown away I was even doing this crazy thing!! CrossFit has pushed me to embrace the concept of stepping out of your comfort zone for sure! And I am still learning how to do this daily.

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