December 2015 Athlete of the Month

December 2015: The Rabbit

When he hears “3…2…1…go” there is no slowing him down.

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Meet Hunter!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)

My name is Hunter Simmons. I’m 19 years old, born and raised in the valley. I’m a sophomore at BRCC, with intentions to transfer to JMU after this spring semester where I will be planning to major in Finance with hopes to become a financial advisor.

How long have you been doing crossfit?

I have been doing crossfit now for a 1 year and 2 months.

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

My first “crossfit moment” would probably be when I first started peak; I definitely realized how out of shape I actually was. I burnt out in the workout really fast and then things went downhill from there (I still have yet to figure out how to pace, but it is definitely improving).

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

My favorite crossfit movements would be pull-ups, running, and hang cleans.

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?

I hate doing handstand push-ups, heavy snatches, and anything else shoulder to overhead.

What are your goals?

My goals are to continue to improve with my strength in all movements as well as to learn to better pace myself so I don’t blow out in the workout all the time.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

Before I came to Rocktown I had gotten into unhealthy habits of eating out all the time and then not working out. Crossfit has changed my way of living and I keep coming back to keep improving myself in order to become the best version of myself. Also the people at the Rock, everyone is extremely encouraging and welcoming which makes me want to come in every day.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

My favorite cheat meal would have to be a fajita burrito topped with cheese sauce from El Charro.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

Rocktown Crossfit is a small community with so many different people that can all come together to push and motivate each other. It doesn’t matter what class you come to throughout the day, every class always has the “family” feeling to it.

Shout out to the 5:45 crew—this group will push you each morning to the extreme. Thanks to all the trainers who have helped me so much and stuck with me, even when I tried to bail out of a back squat by rolling it off my head. And a special shout out to Nate and Lauren for being more than just trainers you guys are awesome.

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

Hunter!  Congratulations, you’ve made it…much like Steve Young was to Joe Montana, you have stepped out of Hailey’s shadow 🙂  But in all seriousness…Hunter Simmons is a prime example of what type of change you can make in a year.  I won’t go into the details but lets just say Hunters first day of PEAK was rough…but he’s never looked back.  He spends time after class working on skills, he’s changed his eating habits and his attitude and consistency could not be better.  Hunter has really embraced the area’s he’s struggled with and has now made them his strength.  Its been so much fun to watch him accomplish more and more each month…first it was a double unders, then it was a muscle up, then it was butterfly pullups and now he is doing RX weight on a more regular basis.  Another great thing about The Rock is we have seen Hunter and Hailey grow closer as siblings…for most your brother is the last person you’d want to partner with but you can bet they will be teamed up more often than not…and I suppose its worth mentioning they have a pretty awesome mom as well 🙂 (you may know her as Kellie…member of the sisterhood)

Hunter Day 1 vs Hunter in August

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The joke with Hunter has always been “The Blowout”…he would jump out to an early lead in a workout, only to become gassed and limp to the finish.  These days he still jumps out there, but its getting harder and harder to catch up.  Congrats Hunter, keep up the good work!