Francis D.Name: Francis D.

Age: 32

Occupation: Cyber Security Consultant

When did you start at Fortius?  March 2013

Describe your sports / fitness background: Intramural warrior in college, dabbled in triathlons for a few a years after I graduated college

Why the jump into CrossFit?: I think I have some minor form ADD and am quickly bored of routine workouts (I still don’t know how I was able to force myself through long cardio training days when I was into triathlons). CrossFit was the new hip thing, so I figured I’d give it a shot and got addicted to the community aspect.

Why did you choose Fortius?: When I moved to San Diego, I been crossfitting for a couple of years and realized that I was lacking strength and form/technique on O-lifts; My previous gym in Seattle had pretty poor programming IMO, many of the workouts were biased towards longer met-cons and not much strength. I was looking for a gym that had a strength and O-lift bias and found Fortius through yelp. This was first gym I tried out when I moved here. I was so impressed, I did not consider visiting other gyms before committing.

What kind of progress have you made over the past year? Unfortunately, my numbers have stalled, but it’s more due to the fact that I’ve been ensuring I don’t aggravate/re-injure my left shoulder.

What would you say is the biggest misconception about CrossFit? none.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Pull-ups, Oly lifts.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: HSPU’s, wallballs.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start CrossFit? Don’t compare your performance to others, fight your own battles (figuratively speaking), be happy with your own gains. It’s easy to go too hard too fast and make yourself prone to injuries. It’s great to be motivated by others; however, don’t become so addicted to the highs that you push yourself beyond your body’s capacity. Make your gains consistently over the long run, don’t try to conquer all your weaknesses in a day. Fitness should be a lifelong endeavor, a marathon, not a sprint; unless you’re a competitive athlete, in which case, disregard my previous comments and go HAM.

What’s next? What are your goals for the future?  To perform HSPU’s consistently in workouts and get my shoulders strong enough that I stop injuring them every six months.