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At CrossFit Foxcroft and Razorback CrossFit, we are extremely proud of the commitment that our athletes make everyday to reach their goals and improve their health. Each of our athletes work so hard and it shows as they get healthier, stronger, quicker, and develop their overall fitness. Our community is a remarkable group of athletes that are committed to not only improving themselves, but also to helping each other become the best versions of themselves. We take great pleasure in the opportunity that we are given to work with so many like-minded, hardworking athletes to achieve their goals.
For our August installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce Chris Raper. Chris started in July of last year, after a friend asked him if he wanted to try it out with him. He did not know what it was or what to expect.
Do you remember what your first CrossFit workout was?
"I think it was overhead squats. Don’t remember what the WOD was, but I do remember there were pull ups involved. After it was over, I am pretty sure I never wanted to do another pull-up..ever!! That did not last very long."
What do you like most about CrossFit?
"Amy is awesome. She really pushes you just hard enough and is very focused on making sure you push yourself, but don’t get hurt. Everyone is at a different level, but it really does not feel like it. The group is very supportive and a great group."
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
"Deadlift..ha ha – totally kidding. My favorite is probably back squat because it helps me strengthen by back, which has always been a weak spot for me."
What changes have you noticed since you’ve started CrossFit?
"I have never stayed with an exercise program for more than 3 months in probably 20 years. I have started feeling better, stronger, and have much more energy than I have had in a long time."
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
"The simple goal of sticking with a program has been huge. I wanted to workout 3 days a week and I have met that goal most weeks. My next goal is to dunk a basketball, which I have not done since my senior year in high school. That might be a pipe dream, but Amy says I can get there, so I will keep that goal out there. I mostly want to just stick with it and stay committed."
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?
"Before CrossFit, I was pretty much out of shape, I now have more energy and just plainly feel better. That feeling has direct positive impacts to all aspects of life. Playing with my 6 year old is a lot easier now."
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
"It’s never too late to start. We have a very diverse group at all levels and really motivate each other. It’s a great way to get or stay fit and have fun at the same time. Give it a try and stick with it for two weeks before you decide. Like anything new, it's tough at first, but we have all been there. "