Athlete of the Week – Phil Smith

 

Hometown: Springfield OH lives in Murphy TX

Age: 46

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
Married 25yrs to my best friend, sweet heart, and fellow CFUJ athlete Ann
Two boys Andrew 23 and Thomas 20
Student at UT Dallas studying Cognitive Science
Love watching movies, coding, hanging with my honey, trading in the stock market, and working hard at CF: better every day

When did you first start training at CrossFit Urban Jungle and what was your first WOD? How was it? Started May 11th 2016

What is your kryptonite? (least favorite movement)
Least fav is squat snatch.  really any overhead squat.

Your best ninja skill? (favorite lift/movement)
Fav is a tie between deadlift and back squat but warming to front squat amd cleans

What your favorite cheat meal?
Pizza.  duh!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit?
Lost 35#. Down  7.5% BF while adding 11.2# of lean weight.  But even better than that is how i feel in general

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFUJ moments:
Really I love everyday but my favorite moment was when I got over my fear of the box jump on the plates instead of just doing step ups and when I got 245# on deadlift.  I felt like Superman.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?
1. Just start
2. Don’t compare where you are to anyone else.
3. LISTEN TO COACH
4. Practice the movements
5. Its about being a little better everyday so you can be the best version of you not a copy of someone else.
6. See #3

Something you might not know about me:
I was the lead role of my 6th grade Christmas play.
Had breakfast with a Space Shuttle astronaut when I was 11 or 12.

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