Crossfit – Cory Bragg – March 2016

cory athleteCFCR MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH  MARCH 2016
Cory Bragg

Name… Cory Bragg
When did you start CrossFitting… 4 years ago
Favorite wod... Filthy Fifties
Least favorite wod… Karen
Favorite lift... Squat Clean
Least favorite lift… Thruster

Tell us bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military interest etc..)…

My name is Cory Bragg, and I’m a proud Colorado native. I’m married to a beautiful woman named Lindsay, and we have a daughter (Aislyn, 8) and a son (Lucas, 6). I started my sports career at a ripe young age doing gymnastics and figure skating (no judging). Then at 5, I started transitioning to soccer, baseball, and basketball. Ended up going to Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA) to play baseball and major in art. Ever since graduating, I’ve found myself in full-time ministry and fulfilling my passion of being a pastor. Currently, I serve as a pastor at a local Christian church named Journey. I love coffee, music, soda water, Wahoos Fish Tacos, microbrews, Settlers of Catan, and the number 8.

What were you doing before CrossFit..
Before CF, I was trying to accomplish the CF WODs off the main site at the rec center. (not the place to try and do WODs)

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout…
“This is gonna suck.” My first WOD was a hero WOD named Deforges. I bacon-sizzled on the ground for about 15 minutes after it was done…hands all bloody and nursing my wounds. (Then I came back the next day.)

What were your goals when joining CrossFit…
My main goal when I first joined a CF gym was honestly to just enjoy working out again. I was tired of the routine and lack of excitement that came from rec center equipment. Then along with enjoying working out, my other main goal was to get in the best overall shape in my life.

Have you achieved any of those goals…

Yes…I have achieved these goals. I really enjoy Crossfit (especially sitting on the bench after the WOD), and I am in the best overall shape in my life.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym….
You bet. Love the quality of life being in shape brings (i.e. maintaining the ‘daddy strength’ for my wrestling matches against my 6 year-old son). I also enjoy running into many CFCRers around town outside the ‘box’.

Any advice for people getting started…

BE PATIENT. I’ve been at CrossFit for 4 years now, and I’m still learning. I wish I would have had this ‘long-term’ perspective when I first started, but my dang competitiveness and pride kept getting in the way. But if I could go back, I would be patient in all aspects of CF. Take time to learn technique. Stick to learning new movements, even when they are intimidating. Focus on breathing and pace during long WODs. Allow your body to recover and stretch well (for those of us over 40). Heck, in my mind I’m currently training for the 2030 CF Games when I turn 55. Games of bust!

What makes CFCR Special to you?
It’s the people. I love the community at CFCR. You all keep me going as I just try and keep up! Thank you coaches and thank you Fran!

Some of your recent accomplishments…
Celebrated 10 years of marriage in January to my wife!

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