Tuesday – April 3 – Member Spotlight!
- We have a T-Shirt Contest Winner…but because we has so many incredible submissions it took us longer to narrow down the final one…and it’s pretty incredible. So incredible in fact that you have to wait until Wednesday for us to show you (oooh the suspense builds…) Stay tuned…it’s worth it!
Every Tuesday and Thursday of April’s ‘Feel the Love’ month we are going to do a “Member Spotlight.” Sounds like fun right?!?! The unique personalities and backgrounds of your fellow Volts and Vixens will be up on the website for you and the rest of the world to read about…and who doesn’t want to know more about their Community members?! Well since you asked here’s your chance.
First up is Jeff Hopkins…we call him ‘The Mayor’ of our 6am ‘Waffle Wodder’ class. He is a man who is dedicated to his training and brings great energy and focus to each session he trains at. Plus he’s freaking hilarious and helps make the awesome morning collage photos of the WOD board something to do with the workout and possibly a picture of Ninja Nick with a mid-workout grimmace that makes it to our Facebook page. He’s a leader in our Community and we’re happy to have him as our first of this month’s member spotlights!
The Mayor…doing Mayor things…probably taking a poll.
Describe your first work out for us. Give us the deets!
My first workout was frightening! I made a plan to come to the 6 PM class and spent the whole day at work in fearful anticipation—the same feeling you might have as a kid if you knew you had to face the school bully on the playground after class. When class started I was winded and sweating before the warm up was even over. Then the workout featured EVERYTHING I was afraid of. Thrusters. Rope climbs! BOX JUMPS?! I wanted to run out the door to my car. Of course the coaches talked me through proper form and gave tips that helped me learn and not be afraid (eventually)!
Before joining High Voltage when did you know something had to change with your fitness routine?
My running/weight training workout literally had not changed since the 80’s! The repetitive stress of running was taxing my knees not to mention getting really boring. My weight-training regime was the same thing I learned in High School and I kept getting injured. I knew I had to find a better workout and new motivation.
Tell us about how training at High Voltage has impacted your life:
I’m more diligent in completing tasks. Life can be a “chipper” WOD at times. There are big projects at work or at home that I’m reluctant to tackle but I can hear the CFHV coaches in my head saying “Stay at it” “Keep going don’t rest too long.” That attitude helps me remain focused and get things accomplished.
Have you ever used your CrossFit training outside the box?
I helped a buddy move a piano recently. We had to push the thing up a narrow ramp onto the truck—two guys on the lower side and me pulling and guiding from the top. We lost momentum close to the top and the piano was starting to move back down—not good. Not an ideal situation but I got into a dead lift stance and pulled that sucker up onto the truck. It was fun to see the looks on the other guy’s faces like “Dude how did you do that?” Answer: CrossFit.
Who is your sost idolized fellow Volt or Vixen…give ’em a shout out!
Fellow Waffle WODDER (6:00 AM class) Omar Rivas. He constantly pushes himself. I respect and admire the way he is transforming his body and his mind with CrossFit. Everybody who knows him can see him losing weight AND gaining self-esteem. He’s also very supportive and is a fixture of every CFHV event cheering on his fellow athletes.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Taco Bell. ANYTHING on the menu. I’d even eat the chihuahua.
Has getting in shape changed your professional life?
It’s helped me to acknowledge and work past perceived barriers. I’ve made career accomplishments I’d never attempted prior to CrossFit. It has taught me that if you want to do something you can. Even if you can’t do it immediately there’s a progression that will get you there.
What is your biggest one year CrossFit goal?
A year from now I want to be able to string together consistent double-unders and do muscle ups.
Double unders – if you keep training them…they will come!
Row 350 meters then max reps handstand push ups (sub to ring dips ring push ups true push ups regular push ups)
rest 3 minutes between sets. Score is slowest row and total handstand push ups
B. 3 AMRAPS – A different score for each
1. 2 minutes for total reps
rest 2 minutes
2. 4 minutes for total reps
rest 2 minutes
3. 6 minutes for total reps
20 KB Swings
30 Wall Ball
40 Double Unders
Level 1 CrossFit:
Rowing Technique – 500m Row
Review Wall Ball & Kettlebell Technique
WOD: 15 Minute AMRAP
7x KB Swings
9x Wall ball
30x Jump Rope Passes