AOTM January 2014

January 2014: The Titanium Bearded Bodyweight Ninja

Pullups, Handstand Pushups, Burpees for days!  Although don’t let size fool you, pound for pound he can hang with anyone…in strength and mental toughness

rusty aotmMeet Rusty!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)
My name is William Russell Lane II, but that sounds way to formal to describe me so people just call me Rusty.  I am 30 years old and have 8 siblings.  All but 2 are older than me. 5 older sisters is rough!  I am going to school for Nutrition.  I have my L1 and would like to own my own CF Box one day.   I currently work at Best Buy in the Mobile department, and wait tables at Outback.  I have the coolest dog in the world and I am the biggest Zelda nerd ever. 

How long have you been doing crossfit?
I did a little crossfitting when I was in the Marines, but nothing quite like what we have at the Rock.  I am not an original opening member of Rocktown, but I have been there from the beginning.

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)
I have had two moments after a workout where I wish I had died.  I couldn’t tell you what the workout involved, so I am assuming my mind is blocking out the traumatic events leading to my “Crossfit moment.”  There are have been many times over the course of my training where I was pushed to my limit by another athlete and love/ hate them for every moment of it.  

What are your favorite crossfit movements?
I love seeing the faces of a new peak class as they watch the current workout coming to an end.  They see the intensity, they see the perseverance, and they see the love we have for one another.  Some are inspired, and some are scared, but all of them have admiration and respect.  I love knowing we all started on that side of the looking glass, and now we are all deep in the rabbit hole.

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?
– There are two kinds of movements that I don’t like.  One being movements that I just can’t seem to grasp like double unders.  They are a big equalizer for me and that is a humbling feeling.  Second, are movements that I can’t manipulate to my strengths.  I love plate burpees, I hate plate burpees with a full extension.  

What are your goals?
-Like most egotistical men I want to be bigger, faster, and stronger.  Honestly I just want to live a long and healthy lifestyle and have fun while doing it.  Crossfit gives me that opportunity.  So I am living my goals every day I show up.  

What motivates you to continue coming back?
– The community.  It is as easy as that.  I can do the workouts anywhere, but these people are family to me. No one makes you want to better yourself or work harder than your family. 

What’s your favorite cheat meal?
-A cheat meal has a double meaning for me.  Being a Type 1 diabetic doesn’t allow me to eat normal to start.  Carbo loading would kill me.  So when I do go all out I still keep it simple.  A couple of PB&J sandwiches (Peter Pan and Blackberry Jam) and wash it down with a HUGE glass of chocolate milk.  It has to be Homestead Creamery Chocolate Milk.  You can only get it at Kroger and it comes in a 64oz glass jar.  It is so good you have to put a deposit down on the bottle!  Life changing Chocolate Milk.  

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?
-Rocktown Crossfit is a small glimpse at what the world should be like.  No one is out for themselves, we all work in harmony, we pick each other up when we are down, we protect each other.  Everyone works hard and carries their own weight times two.  There is no need or room for negativity.  We work together, we train together, we eat together and we party together.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)
Rock on!
A Note from the Rocktown Staff-
Its been quite the journey to see Rusty evolve into the athlete he is today…Not only from the standpoint of his movements but the way he helps others is the epitome of what we look for in all our athletes.  Two things about Rusty that some may not know is 1) the picture above doesn’t truly represent the level his beard is on now and 2) In his service to our country Rusty now carries a piece of titanium in one of his legs.  Rusty’s light-hearted  nature is evident in any class he attends, and no matter how hard the workout he is always encouraging those around him…I’m sure Terri Dart can hear Rusty in her nightmares yelling, “Come’on Terri!!”.  All jokes aside, Rusty has become a great athlete, a great student of the sport, and is a great ambassador of The Rock…Thank you for making Rocktown your home and there’s no doubt you make everyone around you better, and we are very grateful.  Congratulations!