Meet Train! Train is a 45 year old Electronic Security Technician for JCFS, assigned to DEA. He started CrossFit, at Ardent, in July of 2018. Train had years of being in and out of traditional gyms before joining Ardent. Weightlifting is definitely his favorite part of the CrossFit “trident”, but he also enjoys the gymnastics and cardio pieces too. When he is not at Ardent, you can find him playing softball, or any outdoor sport, spending time with his kids, or at an event for them or just at home.
1. Why did you join Ardent? I first walked into Ardent to see what CrossFit was all about. In the past I had heard some pretty terrible things about it, but it wasn’t until a close friend of mine (who had the same opinion of CrossFit as I did) started it, and he said that I needed to go and research it beyond what we had heard and knew it to be. I did and found that it was something that might be really beneficial to athletes. I consider myself an athlete, just one that was in terrible shape. I walked into Ardent to try CrossFit and see if I might enjoy it. Also, I needed some other form of a workout. Going to the “bro gym” anymore was boring and terribly stressful at time because I was trying to write my own program.
2. What’s been your biggest accomplishment? There have been so many that I don’t even know where to begin. When I started I could barley hold myself up on a bar for 10 seconds. Now I can do bar muscle ups. First time I tried a max back squat, I barely got up 265. Now I just hit the most I’ve ever done in my life at 410. I’m happy with my weight loss, my body fat percentage decrease (which I still need to get down more, to get where I’d like to be, but a big piece to that is my nutrition).
3. What are you working on now? Cardio, cardio, cardio…but mainly just working on just being better than I was the day before. Trying to improve everyday and find something else I can say that I have noticed to have improved at. If I can notice it in myself, then I know others can see it as well.
4. What’s your favorite Ardent memory? Not sure it’s my favorite, but its one that I will never forget. My first ever CrossFit workout after meeting with Ryan. In our discussion we agreed that I could probably lift some decent weight, but have to get some of the techniques of some of the movements first and then I’d be ok. So my first workout, when I walked in…Karla was coaching the class and wouldn’t you know it, it was a 1 minute on/1 minute off chipper workout consisting of rowing, wall balls, burpees and pull-ups…Not a single weight to be lifted. When I was finished, I was flat out dead, but about 15-20 minutes after, I felt great. Ryan said to contact him when I had recovered and he’d try and get me into a class where there was some lifting involved. That was a bout a week later and the lift was snatching. Never had done it before, but I loved it and I was hooked on CrossFit.
5. What motivates you to continue at Ardent? First and foremost the community. I’ve never met a group of people that are from all walks of life, but come together and talk like they have been friends for years. Outside of that, I want to keep getting better and be a roll model for my kids and be able to keep ups with their busy lives and be able to be on the field with them some day playing softball.
6. What would you tell your pre-Ardent self about starting CrossFit if you could go back in time? I wouldn’t have listened to all the crap that was talked about CrossFit in the early days. I didn’t do my own research on it and form my own opinion. I listened to others, for what ever reason. Now that I have found CrossFit, I regret not doing it sooner. 7. What are your favorite hobbies outside of CrossFit? Slow pitch softball, sports in general and anything where I can be outside and no freeze…lol