March Athlete of the Month
Tell us about yourself, hobbies, interests, family, job, etc.
I am married to Jennifer Hoffman who is also a member of Light the Fire. Jen and I have two little girls – Aubrey who is seven, and Brenna who is four. I served in the US Army as a parachute infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division and also was a member of Michigan Army National Guard based out of the Detroit Armory. I am employed by Conti Fire Protection as a job foreman and am a member of Local 704 (Detroit) Sprinklerfitters Union. As a hobby, I am a beekeeper, so if anyone needs honey, I can hook you up! Jen and I met Brandon Perry and Heather in Jamaica last year, not knowing we all lived 5 minutes from each other. Brandon put Jen and I through some CrossFit workouts at the resort gym, and I thought it was pretty interesting, so me and my wife joined soon after we returned.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I have been doing CrossFit for almost 10 months.
What do you remember about your first CrossFit experience?
I remember coming into my first Foundations class thinking I was in fairly good shape. I also remember that I was completely wrong! The little WOD at the end almost killed me, but I really liked it, and was hooked after that.
What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?
I like the fact that everyday is different. Coming to CrossFit is not like going to a regular gym where you go through the same thing day in and day out. I like coming into class, looking at the whiteboard and knowing “today is going to suck”, but every time we complete a WOD there is a sense of accomplishment.
What do you most enjoy about being part of Light the Fire CrossFit family?
At first it was just the workouts that I enjoyed, but after time I got to know the people at the gym. I feel Jen and I have made a lot of friends at Light the Fire, and I look forward to seeing them every day.
What motivates you to come to the box?
I just feel like it’s part of the schedule for me. I know that my kids see Jen and I in our gym clothes and hopefully that will rub off on them. I also know that I won’t get to where I want to be without putting in the work.
What is you most recent PR/biggest accomplishment?
I can finally do a bar muscle up. A…..really…..ugly…..bar muscle up.
What is your favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?
I like the clean and jerk.
What is your least favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?
Thrusters, burpees, the bike and the rower. All torture techniques and devices.
What is your current CrossFit goal?
I just want to keep at it and look back in a year and see where I’m at. This year I really want to work on my endurance, which unfortunately, will probably include the bike and rower. Also, I wrote 225# clean and jerk on the “goal” board a long time ago, and I’m getting close. Hopefully this year I can make that happen.
What would you tell a newbie or someone that has never done CrossFit?
I tell people they just have to give it a try. A lot of people think they can’t do it, but CrossFit can be done by anyone. Just come to a foundation class and go from there. I try to recruit everyone I talk to.
Have you had a life changing experience since starting CrossFit?
It has made me pay attention to what I eat and drink. I used to eat a lot of fast food at work and drink pop. Now I pack my lunches and stopped drinking pop. I also cut down on bread. However, every now and then you may find me at a local Taco Bell.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the box?
Everything is better. I feel, eat, and sleep better.
***The Athlete of the Month will demonstrate qualities such as, attendance, selflessness, proper scaling, time dedicated to mobility and recovery, dedication to improving form, technique, and skill sets, putting the community before yourself, encouragement and support towards others at the end of WODs.