August Athlete of the Month: Alex O!

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August Athlete of the Month: Alex O!

How many years have you been a part of the Grassroots family?

I started Crossfit with my on ramp classes at GRCF in June of 2015, so just over a year now. Prior to joining GRCF, I had been swimming on and off, and seriously for about six months before I made the leap to CrossFit.

· What made you want to start?

I needed to make a change in my life. I had heard about Crossfit and read a little about the concept. I liked that it was "constantly varied"; the fact that it was never the same thing twice in a row was very appealing. That classes were group-focused, with a dedicated coach to help guide you, made it even more interesting.

· How has working out at Grassroots impacted your life outside of the gym?

So. Many. Ways. The obvious is I have lost a lot of excess weight. I know I am physically stronger, have more endurance, better flexibility and mobility. All of this makes my life outside of GRCF better; it also greatly improved my ability to do my job.

· Do you check the workout before coming in or do you just show up?

NO! I show up blind!

· What encouragement or advice would you give to new people coming in?

As the old NIKE advertising campaign said, "Just Do It". Give it a little time, scale to what you need, listen the coaches, remember even if you don't advance or if you go backwards in an exercise you can learn from that; it's not about being perfect or better than yesterday but doing the best you can today. All things I have to remind myself of all the time at GRCF, and in my daily life.

· Do you have a favorite exercise or movement?

Deadlifts. I know my major strength is in my legs, every time I do deadlifts for a max, I improve. With work and time, I think I can get my name on the leader board with my deadlift.

· Least favorite?

Burpees, I have really improved my ability to do burpees, but I hate doing them.

· If you could have any super power, what would it be?

To be like Batman. Not an actual "Super Power,” but to have the mindset and confidence that I could do what ever I wanted. Mind over body!

· Do you have a power song? What gets you pumped up?

No specific "power song". As far as music to pump me up: Rage Against the Machine, Queens Of The Stone Age, AC/DC…

· Where are you from?

I am a West Coaster. I was born in L.A., grew up outside Portland, Ore. until I was 10, then the Bay Area: Danville then Berkeley.

· What do you do for work? 

I am a Journeyman in the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 104. I mostly do commercial HVAC field installations. Everything from the mechanicals to the duct work to the vents and registers you see in a finished building.

· Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?

In the 90's (yes I am that old), I followed my passion for music and worked in recording studios. I worked on albums by Neil Young, Tom Waites and Third Eye Blind.

· If you could describe Grassroots in five words, what would they be?

Community, encouragement, sweat, results, barks

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