Member Spotlight: Alex Riegert-Waters
What’s your name?
Describe your first work out here at Crossfit High Voltage:
I came over from Crossfit Will Rise and was excited with the workouts and the size of the facility. Everyone was really nice, and I liked the option of having cardio fusion. I don’t remember what the workout was exactly, but I remember I liked it. And I remember it hurting a lot.
Before joining High Voltage, when did you know something had to change?
I work a desk job, and I was getting really bad back pain and hip pain from sitting all day. I got to a point where my mobility was very limited and I couldn’t even touch the ground without my back giving out. I come from an endurance background, but it had been a while since I had done anything consistent. CVHF is the first fitness related thing I’ve done in a long time that I’ve been able to find any kind of consistency with, and I’m very thankful for that.
Describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience so far.
Squat cleaning 155, properly. It happened in one of Deb’s classes about a month ago, it was the first time I’ve been able to get under the weight and feel comfortable. I was so excited. With how unstable my back and hips were when I started, the idea of doing something like that was terrifying. I know those are rookie numbers compared to everyone else at the gym, but its something I’m really proud of.
Outside of High Voltage, what kind of work do you do? Give yourself a plug!
I’m a graphic designer over at Disney. Its a really fun job, until something goes wrong. Then its terrifying.
How has getting in shape changed your professional life?
Its made me much happier at work. I use to have a lot more daily pain in my for-mentioned back and hips, now that they don’t bother me so much any more I’m a lot more efficient. Its amazing how much more you can get done if you don’t feel 70 years old.
Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join High Voltage.
Its hard to point to one thing, training at High Voltage has become a string that weaves throughout my whole day making it better. From being able to get up in the morning more easily, to having more energy, to making me more focused on my diet and what I’m eating, to improving my ability to do my job, its just raised everything up.
When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?
Never have I noticed the positive effects of Crossfit more then when I moved into a new apartment. The day after moving use to be slow and painful, now its just another day.
Who is your most idolized fellow community member?
I’d have to go with Crossfitter of the Year Jeannette Valenzuela.
What is your one year or next CrossFit goal?
The only goal I’ve ever had at Crossfit is to someday deadlift 300 lbs.
What is your favorite & least favorite movement or WOD?
My favorite is a tie between overhead snatch (even though I can’t do that much weight) and rowing. My least favorite is the rope climb. Definitely the rope climb.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I don’t really have that strict of a diet, sometimes I eat peanut M&Ms and feel guilty. That counts, right?
If you had to describe CFHV in one sentence:
Surprisingly fun for how much it hurts.