How did you hear about CrossFit White Bear?
One of the current members. (Donovan Luby). I initially heard about CrossFit type training throughout the military, rugby, and MMA.

What was your first thought when you walked in the door? And now?
My first thought was “This place is amazing.” A person definitely gets a strong impression when they see a CrossFit gym for the first time and I knew it was going to be a unique experience.

Now, in a cliché sense, I believe CrossFit is a part of my life. Luckily, I’ve had this great opportunity to meet incredible people which makes CrossFit White Bear something much more than training.

You are Active-duty in the U.S. Air Force, work on the White Bear Lake Fire Department, and play rugby. Do you think CrossFit White Bear has helped you in your sport and work?
Absolutely! To me, CrossFit offers the type of training which is so close to survival and optimal functionality. Both jobs can require overcoming mental and physical adversity which is where CrossFit training shows paramount. Lastly, rugby is a very intensive sport which is taxing on the body. CrossFit White Bear, has helped me prevent injuries, improve explosiveness, and increase agility.

Were you active prior to joining CrossFit White Bear? If so, what did you do?
Yes. I was active in marathon running, MMA, and overall fitness.

We think performance and goal driven fitness is unique. Has the “sport of fitness” changed the way you think about what being fit is?
Absolutely. Unfortunately, most people believe that having good fitness is primarily appearance. I used to be a part of the bandwagon. However, after being at CrossFit White Bear for almost two years, my perception of fitness has completely changed. CrossFit White Bear incorporates so many different components to fitness. One day, you’re getting your squats on or handstand walks and the next you will be outside sprinting and climbing ropes. The unpredictability, uniqueness, and social aspect is what also makes it so much fun.

You just did your First CrossFit Competition, Freeze Fest Challenge, can you tell us about your experience?
The Freeze Fest Challenge was an exciting experience. With the help of my incredible partner (Andria Price) we were able to improve our strength and endurance, polish unique skills, and found the synergy to become Freeze Fest champions. The adrenaline rush of competing, testing your limits, and pushing yourself past these limits is something truly amazing.

How did you learn to dobackflip back flips?
I was slightly different when I was younger. I taught myself to do backflips because my friends said I would never be able to. Consequently, I found myself outside in my backyard, by myself, practicing. I eventually got it down and started to learn other gymnastic tricks. So far, this has helped me with the gymnastic aspect of CrossFit and plus I think the girls like it.

What is your favorite movement and least favorite movement or WOD?
Favorite movement is the muscle-ups and handstand walks. Least favorite is the snatch or butterfly pull-ups only because I struggle with both. Favorite WOD was the Freeze Fest final event.

Anything else you would like to add?
I would really like to thank the coaches and members at CrossFit White Bear. Jake, Thomas, Tania, and Lauren have helped me so much, not only as an athlete, but as a confident person. The members make the personality of the gym which makes training a fun experience. Together, you all make our gym something unique and makes me truly appreciate everything CrossFit White Bear represents.