Athlete Story – Brandon

What brought you to Final Call in the first place?

I had been looking into Crossfit for a couple years, but the drive to the nearest gym was too far away when combined with my work being a considerable drive in the opposite direction. When I learned Crossfit Final Call Vincennes had opened up, I set up a no-sweat intro a couple days later.

What was your first impression?

I have been in sports and gym settings all my life so I felt comfortable from the moment I walked into the door. I remember coming in thinking I was in decent shape having been lifting and running prior to joining. During my first foundation class with Coach Adam, I distinctly remember thinking the warmup was pretty tough and the first foundation workout was a realization for me I wasn’t in as near the shape as I thought I was.

How has that changed?

Unlike my previous gym experiences, where I mostly lifted alone, I’ve always got other people taking class with me and a coach to help push me. One of the great things about CFFC is the programming is outside of my control. I can’t just do things I’m comfortable doing which was one of my bigger issues before when I was working out alone. I did almost the exact routine every week with a couple slight variations. This is why over the past couple of months, I’ve seen a lot of progress in setting new PRs on lifts, running/rowing times and my mental toughness/capacity growing to push through a tough workout.

What was your first “bright spot”?

My first bright spot is when I first noticed the daily WODs were translating into my fitness increasing. Since we don’t really repeat workouts very often, my first “eye opener” was breaking 27 minutes on a 5k run. Prior to joining CFFC, I had been running for nearly a year without a lot of progress in the last 4-5 months on my mile times and was having trouble breaking 27 minutes on a 5k. A couple months after joining CFFC and attending class 4-5x per week which meant I was running at most 1 day per week, I was able to get a 5k run in around 26:30. I have since gotten a sub-24 minute 5k.The combination of strength work and metabolic conditioning paid much bigger dividends than simply just running.

What are you working on now?

My main goal now is to learn more of the gymnastic related skills of crossfit. I’d like to be able to compete in an RX competition at some point in 2021.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself before you walked into Final Call for the first time?

I don’t know if I’d tell myself anything different other than I wish I would have joined sooner. I almost didn’t sign up for foundations because the initial investment was higher than my regular gym. However I wasn’t seeing a lot of progress doing it on my own so I decided to try it out for a month. I liked it so much that my wife decided to give it a try and has been a member herself for 7-8 months now.

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