If you've been around CFUV a while, you know we've occasionally done "member spotlight" in the past, and we've decided to bring it back. We hope you'll enjoy getting to know your fellow CFUVers a little better!
Steve is a professor of English at UVU, and there are a couple of things that will impress you about Steve if you're paying attention. One is that he is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. The other is that he is tenacious, and determined! I pity the poor soul who stands in the way of something Steve has set his sights on!
When did you start CrossFit, and what made you decide to stick with it?
I started on April 1st of 2012. On my way to CrossFitUV, I happily drive past two other boxes. I’ve stuck with CrossFitUV for at least three reasons: the coaches are patient and also willing to explicitly correct athletes (given my limited athletic background, I need correction); the people very literally cheer each other on, something uncommon in other sports; and, most of all, it is incredibly rewarding to look at a WOD, think “no human can do that,” and then thirty minutes later have done it.
Do you like to come in to a particular class?
Since beginning here, I’ve had good experiences at 5:45, 7:00, 9:00, 3:30, and 5:30, but haven’t worked out at the other available times. Saturday at 8:00 has been fun and so were the Oly lifting classes when I could go to those. One cool thing about the last class of the day is watching all the scores being erased and the next day’s WOD written up.
What is your favorite CrossFit workout/movement/lift? Which ones do you dislike the most?
I tend to dislike workouts/movements/lifts I’m bad at and like them more when I improve. Double unders are the clearest example of this. HSPU and overhead squats are others. Also, I ran out of time during my first Filthy Fifty and only did a half Murph during my first attempt. Having worked at and so improved those WODs makes them enjoyable. In a similar way, as a result of the Oly class, I like to clean and jerk, especially when splitting the jerk. Working at something until I’m better at it definitely makes it more fun.
What are your personal goals in Crossfit?
I’d like to be able to do muscle ups and pistols and increase my snatch to my body weight, which may take years. Butterfly pull-ups are in my future. Also, nothing beats seeing my time on any of the girls or the hero WODs decrease, even if the change is only seconds.
How has CrossFit changed your life?
Crossfit reminds me that we are usually capable of much more than we think. Patience and sustained effort pay off. Most of all, learning new things is enormous fun.