Meet this month’s Athlete, John Keefe! He’s usually a 5:30am staple, but adjusts however he needs to get the work in with his current work schedule. He was one of our five athletes who took on their first competition this year – and we’re so freaking proud of the progress he’s been making with our wolfpack!
When did you join CFU, and what made you walk in those doors?
I joined at the very end of September 2017. My first WOD was in October. I was able to fully integrate WODs into my work schedule at the beginning of 2018 as opposed to being a “fly by night” type. A good friend of mine was into Crossfit for about 6 months and loved it. She no longer does it and switched to a more traditional workout style. I’m still here.
Do you remember your first WOD? Or your thoughts during that first WOD?
It was lots of snatches. I was just out of the foundations class. I was so nervous that I watched a “how to” video at least 30 times prior. It didn’t help. And they are still my “most help needed” movement to this day.
What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit?
The workouts vary consistently. I am challenged every single time and I never get bored. When I feel like I am doing better, a WOD humbles me just in time. It makes me hungrier and I want to do better. Some days I succeed. Others, I do not.
What type of workout do you enjoy doing the most?
Coordinated movements because I need the most work with those. Anything “for time” is fun as well. I set a goal to hit and try to reach said goal. My favorite workout is “Fight Gone Bad.”
What’s one goal you have for 2018?
To be better than I was yesterday each and every day at the gym. I have plenty to improve upon to reach the level of many of the other athletes (And that’s okay). I am competing with myself while striving to hit a new level.
What would you tell anyone looking to walk into CFU for the first time?
The first time is daunting. Everyone is so far beyond you and you might be struggling to comprehend every single movement of a WOD. The coaches are helpful and they keep you safe. The most pedestrian looking workouts are always the worst ones. Too much of one of your favorite thing isn’t always a good thing (Think 200m x 5 Farmers Carry this week). Be humble and be willing to learn and be coached. The 05:30 crew is tightly knit and I am thankful for that. We encourage each other throughout and congratulate each other after.
What’s your greatest achievement, or what are you most proud of thus far?
I am getting better at this each time. I competed in the Rookie Rumble this year. I was proud of how I did. I did not come in last and I feel I represented CFU properly.
If there was a workout named after you, what would it be called and what would it be?
“I Don’t Know How to Program.”
21-15-9 for time
Body Weight Back Squats
KB Swings (50 lb or something you deem heavy)