May 2015 Athlete of the Month

May 2015: The Fisherman

As competitive and fit as he may be…we are pretty confident CrossFit take a back seat when its time to get out the Pole and Tackle Box!

Screenshot_2015-01-26-18-37-51Meet Chad!

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

My name is Chad Williams.  I’m am 22 years old and have an awesome set of parents as well as a younger brother and an older brother (You may already know my older brother, Sprouse – We look just alike haha).

Last year I graduated from Emory and Henry College with a Bachelors of Science in physics and minor in math and am currently working at Serco, a government contractor with the USPTO. So basically I get to use my education to see some pretty cool inventive ideas on a daily basis. If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s probably that I am thinking about fishing as soon as I wake up until the time I go to bed. And if I’m lucky I’ll even get to dream about it.

How long have you been doing crossfit?

This past May marked a year and thank God for it.  Its the best type of fitness I ever have and ever will be a part of!

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

I think it was three years ago when Nate, Lauren, my brother, and some others still worked out at Gold’s Gym when my moment crept up on me. One weekend when I came home to visit, my brother invited me to try this “CrossFit” gig out.  At the time of getting the invite, you got to remember, I was a hot-headed college football player. So what did I say we Matt asked me to try it out? Something along the lines of “Of course, 5:30 AM, I’ll be there. Don’t let me show you up”. I wake up this next morning having no clue of the workout or what my body was about to endure and I decided it was a bright idea to make my breakfast be a huge cup of coffee and a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich. I get there to see Matt, Nate, and Lauren and come to find out the workout was Cindy (20 minutes of 5 Pullups, 10 Pushups, 15 Squats) and the guys threw in a 200 m run after each round. I kid you not, I might have made it 6 minutes into that workout before I was in the bathroom with my head facedown in the toilet.  I was so embarrassed of them finding out my situation I waited until the three of them were all upstairs on the 200 m run to come back out and try to make it look like I was just finishing a round. Lesson learned that day …. CrossFit doesn’t play nice.

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

Wall balls, Overhead squats, and Rowing

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

Toes 2 Bar, Running, Burpees, and most definitely ABMAT SITUPS (Them suckers get me every time)

What are your goals?

To be honest I’m not really a goal oriented guy. I strive to make my workout habits cover up my eating habits. Is that a goal? No, but for real, I just want to live a healthier lifestyle and allow what I do to have a positive impact on those around me.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

I believe the “definition” of CrossFit in general would answer this question along with the sportsmanship that is included. What other sporting/exercising event do you know of where the person who finishes in first is the same person standing behind/cheering on the person who ends up finishing in last?  That’s CrossFit. And I personally believe among all the gyms I’ve been to that Rocktown does this better than any. That’s what keeps me coming back.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

Chips and dip. That’s it.

You want to know how to do muscle ups? Just eat bags and bags of chips and dip.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

Inspiration. Earlier last summer when I became a member I made it a “goal” (here we go talking about goals again) to attend every class Rocktown offered. It was probably around September when I finally completed this by coming to the 4:15 PM class.  That day happened to fall on a CrossFit kids day where they were just finishing up as I was just walking in. I chuckled coming in to find a bunch of lil’ nuggets turning the place into their playground. And it wasn’t but maybe a minute later that I actually shed a tear from the inspiration I had received seeing 8,9, and 10 year olds giving it everything they had in a workout. I thought to myself “And I complain about there being heavy thrusters…a mile run…having bad knees”? It’s the wide ranged spectrum of those young and old. Whether your 8 years old attending CrossFit kids or in your 50’s, a veteran of war, and still squat more than me or anything in between. It’s the inspiration that each one of you give that make Rocktown what it is today.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

Can’t say it enough.  Thank You.

If you workout with me you know that I am always telling people that coming to the gym and working out is the best part of my day. And it’s true. It’s the most relaxing, stressful, joy filled time of my day and I love it, even if my body doesn’t the next day later. Shout out to all the trainers for making it possible. You guys put it countless hours and pour your hearts into others to see their dreams, in terms of fitness, become a reality. Also, shout out to the Rocktown bathrooms for making every workout possible and I can’t forget……shout out to CHALK! Couldn’t do it without you!

Last but not least… have fun with the time spent in the gym. I pay my dues every month to HAVE FUN. Even though I find myself head hunting for the best time or score on the board and doing all in my name to top it, I try and make sure to not let my competitive nature get the best of me. Or if I’m struggling with a movement I try to look back on my progress rather than my failures and that’s my prayer to you. Have fun and never stop counting the stars.

A Note From the Rocktown Staff:

Little Williams…Welcome to the club.  I think its safe to say that from Day 1 you have been a great ambassador for Rocktown CrossFit.  Head down, Hard work, Be Humble, Have Fun, and nobody does it better.  Its been fun trying to keep up with you over the past year, but nature is starting to take its course…the skys the limit with how well you want to do with this sport.  To most, Chads “scores” have become a reference for the day… I encourage you to look at his outlook on life as a reference.  While Chad is a phenomenal athlete, its his caring for others that makes him special.  If he doesn’t know you he’s sure to introduce himself…he’s the first one to cheer on those next to him…and if you’re hungry he always has an extra sandwich to share if needed!  It’s been a lot fun watching him and Steph grow into young adults the past year, watching the brotherly connection with Sprouse and his continued growth in the sport of CrossFit.  When he’s not in the gym chances are he’s on the water somewhere casting a line (if you haven’t seen the sticker on his truck, its hard to miss).  Congratulations Chad…treat yourself tonight…throw some extra meat on that Ham and Cheese post workout sandwich!