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kyle-clawsonMy Crossfit experience has been a mixture of fear, excitement, love, and hate. I was really afraid to start, my entire life I’ve never been someone to impress chicks in the weight room. Doing anything as extreme as I imagined CrossFit to be seemed impossible given my lanky soccer player build. Upon getting through the elements courses and starting 3 days a week, I was excited; I could actually do the classes and was getting better. Now finally, I am pretty in tune with what to expect every day, I have a very serious love/hate relationship with the sport. I love the friends and strength (mind and body) I’ve gained, but it’s easy to dread a grueling workout at the crack of dawn. And yet, there I am every morning, no matter how much a workout sucks, I’m a different person than I was a year ago, I can see and feel it.

1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters and how did you learn about CrossFit? – I started CrossFit about a year ago, last June, and I had always known about it even in college, but never thought to try it. One of my best friends Jessica and her husband loved CFM, and raved about the coach; having friends there got me over myself enough to go to Elements.

2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? – Any song by Macklemore, this has nothing to do with CrossFit; Macklemore is my spirit animal and his songs in workouts often lead to PR’s. Well that and chalking up profusely!

3 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? – CrossFit matters to me because it gave me a sense of self when I didn’t have it. I came to CFM honestly pretty confused about my life, a lot of changes happened all at once and it gave me a sense of peace. For as much as workouts are intense, soul crushing, or hurt, I am at absolute peace when I am with the community at CFM. Nothing else exists for an hour, and that reality was what I needed and now I just cherish.

4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? – My favorite movement is the deadlift, with chronic ADD, a movement that includes nothing but “pick this large weight off the ground and put it back,” suits me well. As for the WOD that challenges me/keeps me up at night – Fran without a doubt, she is cold hearted.

5 :: What movement challenges you the most? – Double unders for sure, it’s insulting how little rhythm I have.

6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? – Without question, Fireball Whiskey-it’s a lifestyle choice.

7 :: What have been some of your achievements since starting and what are your ambitions for 2014? – Like I said above, I’ve never been “strong” at least in comparison to your average to avid gym goers go. When I started CrossFit I could only deadlift 185lbs with good form, and as of last month I can lift 335lbs. Also, from October-March I knocked 3 minutes off my Fran time, it’s exciting, all I want to do this year is continue to get better, but most of all if I got double unders I could die happy!

8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? :: I feel like we live in a society of binges and fads. You think about how often you find yourself on a 6 hour Netflix binge and you can see what I mean. People often treat the gym in this fashion, “Spring Break Diet,” “Winter Bulking”…etc. CrossFit brings consistency, you always go because at a certain point you become accountable to everyone there, and if you’re not, you get anywhere from 4-8 text messages and plenty of Facebook comments. Rarely, do you ever meet anyone at a regular gym, it’s singular, at CrossFit you work out with your friends.

9 :: What is something others may not know about you? – For as much as I love sports, I am a huge nerd. Philosophy was my minor in college, and often times all I want to do is read about the way others view the world. By the way, talking about existentialism is possibly the world’s worst pick up line.

10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? – That’s hard to say, PR’s are great, but I’d say about 3 months in I finished first in a workout, and that was absurd to me. I never thought I’d ever be able to win at anything weightlifting oriented, that’s why you keep coming back, you prove yourself wrong on a daily basis.

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