Hey guys! It's that time again where we celebrate our Member of the Month.
This month we've gone for Greg Johnstone.
Those of you who know Greg know that he's a stand-up guy, with a great sense of humour. He's always throwing in funny comments, especially when it comes to workouts! He knows how to train but still have fun.
He never complains and attacks every workout.
He talks to new members and makes everyone feel welcome. I caught up with Greg earlier today;
1) How has CrossFit impacted your life?
Crossfit has positively impacted my life in many obvious and some subtle ways. Initially, it helped me to lose some holiday weight unintentionally through the different training styles and from there taught me the importance of a healthy sustainable lifestyle and diet with the occasional treat. I can say with confidence this is the fittest and healthiest I've ever been as a direct result. More subtly it's an hour of my day where I can focus on one thing, forget if I've had a hard day at work, and have a laugh with people whilst also getting a tough workout in.
2) What's your favourite thing about CrossFit?
My favourite thing about Crossfit is the constant variation and having my gym programming out of my hands with someone who is professional. All my training beforehand was traditional gym based freeweights, which has helped with my strength, but it never included any metabolic conditioning. I love being able to walk into a class not knowing what I'll be doing for the next hour but seeing the previous class covered in sweat and jokingly telling me to go home while there's still time.
3) Do you have any advice for someone just starting out at TOWIC?
My advice to people new to training or Crossfit would be to take the plunge and remember that everyone once had their first workout. Every workoutisscaleable and you'll be amazed at how quickly you start adding more plates to the bar, running that little bit faster, or beating your PB's in a movement you never thought you could do (I hate overhead squats but I can do them now!).
4) How would you describe TOWIC to other people?
My favourite thing about TOWIC is the people, both the coaches and the other members. The coaches are always knowledgeable and quick to help with technique and giving people a gentle nudge to work harder than you thought you could. And each class is an opportunity to get to know someone different from all walks of life who share a common goal of getting fitter than they were yesterday.
5) What's your favourite workout?
My favourite workout is the easiest answer to any of these questions. Having previously been a short distance athlete in school and uni my preference is now for endurance events as they test between your ears as well as your physical ability. Without adoubt the best test of endurance ability is the heroWOD Murph. 1 mile run, 300 squats, 200 push ups, 100 sit ups, 1 mile run. It partners my favourite activity, running, with bodyweight movements that anyone can do anywhere and is a great benchmark to test your fitness over time. Like every WOD it's scaleable so everyone can attempt this beast.
Thanks Greg, and thanks for being such a big part of our community.