May's Member of the Month is another one of our long time members back from our days at Tom's Garage! Never ceasing to make a WOD interesting with a smile on his face, Roderick works hard to keep his gym time a priority and the results are paying off as you'll read in his responses. Way to go, Rod!
Tell us about yourself!
My brother and I own a farm just north of Portage that produces potatoes, onions, carrots, mint, field corn, and
When did you start doing CrossFit?
Five years ago. I thought I was in good shape, but I was wrong. I wish I had started it sooner.
What is your favorite movement and/or benchmark workout?
Grace. The first time I did Grace it took me 7 minutes, I think. Now it is under 2 and half. I’m hoping for under 2.
What has been your biggest struggle?
HSPU (handstand push-ups)
What has been your biggest improvement?
Squats. My form is better and I have increased my PR by over 33% in two years.
What goals are you currently chasing?
To continue to build flexibility and to get double unders & HSPU as they have been in almost every Open.
If you could design a workout, what would it be?
Anything heavy and under 3 minutes.
What is your favorite outfit to WOD in?
Black, I don’t have to worry if the colors match...
Burpees: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
Burpees are a necessary evil.
Do you have a favorite moment or story about the Coop?
Nothing in particular except that after every class the feeling of accomplishing something is a rush. I would also like to mention that I really enjoy working out with everyone and that I feel lucky that we have such supportive and qualified coaches that make my experience a positive one. Thank you!
What advice would you give a new PCC member?
Don't get discouraged. Everyone was new to CrossFit at some point. Know your limitations and listen to your body; everyone has different strengths. Be consistent and have fun!