This athlete made his way through UB’s doors just about a year ago. The way he showed up to me during his first class has remained consistent to this day: calm, positive and coachable. This man reminds me of the potential each and every new CrossFitter has, the willingness to get uncomfortable, an incredible openness to scaling (over ego), being vulnerable and then working consistently to move as a better human being. A specific example is watching his progress with squatting and depth over time, he was ok with progressing through box squats for months to help him develop his hamstrings so that he could be a better squatter. This man is willing to build his foundation which I’m positive translates into other areas of his life. I can also tell he goes 100% in the conditioning pieces by the look on his face at the end of my classes. There is no doubt that he held back. This athlete has chosen to be visually represented by his spirit animal and the photo you are seeing is hanging over his bed. Because of that, I’d like to share a few hints to see if you’ll be able to make the connection: he’s one of our tallest members with very short buzzed blonde hair and attends the later evening classes and sometimes noon. It is my honor and privilege to share the recap of my in-person interview with the one… the only… Aaron.
Name: Aaron F.
Hometown: Burnsville, Minnesota
Occupation: Coder at a Venture Capital Firm
When did you first start CrossFitting? Sept 20, 2016
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?
I had been working out using free weights on my own for six years on and off. I’d stick with the programming for a few weeks before falling off, and I couldn’t do cardio without someone yelling at me.
In taking the Caltrain to work, I walked by UB’s doors daily and decided to do some research. CrossFit ended up feeling like the perfect blend of strength, conditioning, and coaching, and everyone had amazing things to say about UB.
Favorite WOD: Anything involving the rower! Especially speed/sprint work on the erg. I think it has something to do with my abnormal height and lankiness.
Least Favorite WOD: Workouts with double unders, I usually go home with whip marks.
What question do you wish you were asked more often and what is the answer? Question: Tell me something excited you’re working on right now?
Answer: Building a totally new product and team at work
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? My quality of sleep has improved dramatically. When I’m consistently going to UB I sleep much better.
What are you most grateful for in your life recently? When I moved to the West Coast I left a bunch of good friends in New York (and stayed far from my friends in Minnesota) but I’m lucky to have stayed connected to them.
What’s your definition of greatness? When you can confidently live every day knowing that you've lived it to your fullest without holding anything back.
What’s something incredible that became possible for you? Getting to turn a hobby into a profession; something I’d never have expected to be able to do full time and make money from.
It’s your last day on earth and everything you’ve ever created and done has been erased from the planet and history books. You... have one final opportunity to share three things you know to be true about life… what would those be?
Family and friends above all else
Always be learning
More positivity, less stress