The Weekly Dose of Awesome

This week’s Daily Dose of Awesome goes out to Patrick Bedwell.  Patrick has been working out at UB since October, and has wasted no time jumping right in.  I had a chance to ask Patrick a few questions about his experience with Crossfit:

Q: How long have you been doing crossfit?

A: Since April 2014 (2 years, 9 months)

Q: What made you start?

A: I had been working out at 24hr Fitness for over 10 years, doing basically the same 10 exercises in the gym 3 days a week, and spinning 3 days a week. I had some friends who talked about CF, and it sounded challenging. I had no idea how much fun it would be to have a different workout every day, and new skills to master.

Q: What do you like best about United Barbell?

A: What I like the most about UB is the wide range of skills the members have, and the interest in different activities and competitions that a lot of members have.  Also, the quality of the coaching staff (working with Shannon and Shaheen have made a big difference in my skills in a short time), the defined standards for the Level 2 program, and the variety of specialized classes all are part of what attracted me to the gym.

Q: If Crossfit HQ let you create your own Benchmark WOD “Patrick”, what would it be

A: It would be a grinder that would start and end with running, and have DUs, wallballs, heavy cleans, bar-facing burpees and situps. Something for everyone!    

Outside the gym, Patrick enjoys doing Spartan races, and has two daughters who are 10 and 14. His favorite crossfit movement is running “and anything not involving a pullup bar.” He’s making good progress on working through his goats such as toes to bar, pull-ups, and chest to bar, and hopes to be competent in the by the time the Open comes around.

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If you’d like to see Patrick in action, sign up for the House Cup!  He’ll also be competing in the 55-59 division at the NorCal Masters Competition, a 2-day competition on Jan 28 & 29th at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.