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Name: Tony

Birthday: Jan 1, 1982

Occupation: Dentist

What did you know about CrossFit before coming here? I moved into the area with some experience with CF prior. I was a member of a box in San Antonio and then a gym in Austin which was similar to CF. I didn’t really have a clue about Olympic lifting or how it fit into overall fitness though.

Why did you try CrossFit Thornton? I was looking at different gyms in the area. Knew I wanted something with high intensity and a functional approach to fitness. Also, I was looking for a community to be a part of. It’s kind of hard to meet new people with how busy everyone is. What better way to do it and get shredded at the same time?

How do you like our program? I really like the fact that there are so many variables taught on the fundamentals of functional movements. The emphasis of olympic lifting has been a very nice change to sheer volume. I’ve been to gyms where they program hundreds of situps or air squats on a weekly basis. At those gyms, I felt exhaustion, not accomplishment. The real trick is to maximize effect of technical lifts without a volume that is dangerous. I think Lawrence, Jeff and everyone have been outstanding in this regard.

What is the best part of being at CF Thornton? I would have to say the feeling of improvement. Not only do I see improvement in the way my clothes fit and weights lifted, but I also feel my attitude towards other tasks (work, household chores etc) has improved as well. It’s also really cool to see improvement in others. It’s pretty fun to cheer on somebody as they push through something they thought they couldn’t do.

Has your life changed since being here? The most dramatic and important change in my life is that my wife, Kristin and I had a baby boy! Being a new dad, it has sometimes been difficult to get enough sleep or get to the gym at all, but having a baby is great motivation to stay fit. I want to participate in as many things as I can with him as he gets older, and I don’t want my level of fitness to be a limiting factor.

If there were one movement you wish the coaches didn’t know, what would it be? Hand Stand Pushups. I’m no good at them, therefore it’s a stupid movement. But seriously, I wish there was no such thing.

If you could only do one movement for exercise for the rest of your life, what would you choose? If running counts, then I suppose I would choose that. Besides that, the clean and jerk. It is such a demanding movement both mentally and physically that I think whatever athletic goal I put before myself, I would definitely train for it with the C&J.

What are your goals for the next 3 months? I would like to gain 5 lbs of muscle, continue to drop body fat and Snatch 135 lbs (not a power snatch).

Shout-outs? Kristin, for being my beautiful wife and for being awesome.

Brian Lee

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