I was born in Turkey, my formative years were in Wichita, KS, teen years in Lubbock, and then lived for a decade in Alpine. I’m happy to call Dallas my current (and favorite) hometown.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
I am married to a wonderful woman (who absolutely loves to go to Crossfit with me which is awesome!) and, although I have no children (yet), I do have 2 Catahoula hounds (made of springs and Red Bull), and three cats (made primarily of claws and vocal cords). I work with computers, and for hobbies, I enjoy video games, crossfit, video games, board games, cooking, and the occasional video game.
When did you first start training at CrossFit Urban Jungle and what was your first WOD?
I started December 3, 2014.
The first WOD was an AMRAP, 10 rounds, of 10 HSPU, 10 F.S @155#, and 15 cal row.
I managed to make it through 6 rounds, doing push-ups, F.S. @ 65#, and it was horrible. I’ve come a long way since then!
What was your athletic background before CF?
Nothing to speak of. My extreme proclivity to burning in as little as five minutes of sun, coupled with the most recent competitive sport (tennis) being played last in high school, has me with little extracurriculars in sports.
What is your kryptonite?
Front squats are my kryptonite (and running is the devil)
Your best ninja skill?
Throwing large amounts of weight around, like power cleans.
What your favorite cheat meal?
Coconut chicken lime soup (Tom Kha Kai). poured over a heaping bed of sticky rice.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit?
Since starting at CFUJ, I have seen in increase in muscle definition, and have gone from a size 42 to a size 36. My resting heart rate is around 60, and I feel genuinely better most of the time (when I’m not super sore from a workout)
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFUJ moments:
I have personally seen our Gym’s athletes do amazing things, from the teamwork and support of team-mates, coaches, and spectators alike at group competitions, to watching one of our competitors take a big hit during the first WOD of a competition, and keep going, not stopping until they finished the last WOD. It’s this level of genuine enthusiasm that makes me excited to be at CFUJ
Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?
Don’t Give up.
Even If you look over during modified push-ups, and see someone doing unbroken sets of Hand Stand push ups (which has happened to me). Even if you’ve never done more than 135 pounds with a deadlift, and the person next to you keeps slapping on 45’s after every set,(which has happened to me).
Don’t give up!
Everybody has been there at some point. Since starting at CFUJ, I’ve gone from a banded pull-up to getting C2B. I’m working on Muscle-ups. and I will get there!
If you stick with it, you will be amazed at the things you thought you’d never do that will become commonplace.
Something you might not know about me:
I will argue with anyone until the sun dies that there isn’t a dish yet cooked that wouldn’t be better as a soup.