CFCR ATHLETE OF THE MONTH APRIL 2016
Name: Mark McKown
When did you start CrossFitting: About a year and a half ago
Favorite wod: Helen
Least favorite wod: AMRAPs
Favorite lift: Deadlift
Least favorite lift: Anything overhead or upside down
Tell us bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military interest etc..): I moved with my family to Colorado almost 5 years ago from Baltimore. We rented a house for several years in Stapleton before moving to Franktown. I met my wife, Ashleigh, in college at James Madison University in Virginia, and we now have two beautiful kids, Aerin (5) and Max (10 months). I played all sports growing up in California, and football at Grossmont College before transferring to JMU. I loved playing basketball the most but was just better at football. I was active in basketball, football, and softball leagues in Maryland before relocating to Colorado, and it’s something I look forward to getting back into once our kids are older.
What were you doing before CrossFit: I picked things up and put them down — typical ex-jock gym rat stuff. I was also taking spin classes to offset my couch-sitting proclivities. We were members of a gym in Stapleton where they had CrossFit classes; I was intrigued and watched them from the upstairs gym area but was always hesitant to join. Once we moved to Franktown we visited The Gym, met with Fran and Spencer, and I was ready to try something new.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout: My first WOD was Fran, and I remember thinking how easy it was going to be when Coach B said it should be under 10 minutes. I was like, yeah, I got this. Fifteen minutes later, I wanted to puke but couldn’t wait to come back the next day to get better.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit: I really didn’t have any until after that first WOD. After that disaster, my only goal was to find out what a kipping pull-up was.
Have you achieved any of those goals: Yes and then some…
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym: Yes. I had a lot of lower-back problems (muscle spasms) that affected my golf game. After 3 months of CrossFit, my spasms ceased. (My golf game still sucks.) I also travel for my job, and I find myself searching for the closet box and dropping in whenever I get a chance. I love competing again, and seeing a lot of people in the gym hit PRs and reach new heights is really inspiring. The whole experience at CFCR is really amazing: from the greeters behind the desk, the group in the kids lounge, and all the coaches, it’s the best overall gym experience I’ve come across, and I feel fortunate to be a member.
Any advice for people getting started: Like many other athletes of the month have said, check your ego at the door. Or, if you’re like me, have one too big to fit through it. My only other advice is to really learn from your mistakes and to scale the workout until competitive with the group and increase from there.
Some of your recent accomplishments: My OHSs have come a long way but still have a lot more to go.