1. What brought you to CrossFit?
I am very lucky to have the best mother ever, and she does CrossFit. A few years ago at hockey, some of my teammates were calling me fat, just because my body wasn’t skinny and scrawny like theirs. What they said has always bothered me, right up until I started CrossFit.
I had done a few of the kid’s classes over the last couple of years. I have always played rep hockey for the Stouffville Clippers so I don’t have a lot of time in the fall and winter. During this year’s hockey season I was only able to come to a couple of classes a month. Luckily my team got knocked out early this season, right before the Open started. Brandon said they were going to do the youth workouts on Sunday mornings, and I was pumped.
2. What was your first impression?
I was shocked because I could barely walk the day after my first class. I had always thought of myself as an active kid, but my muscles said different. But every time I came back my muscles were not as sore. Things changed for me at the Tuesday class after the 2014 CrossFit Games. I was kind of slacking on the workout and Brandon came up to me and said “LETS GO TYLER!!! I’M GONNA GET YOU TO THE GAMES!!” From that point on,#road2thegames has been my motto.
3. What is your proudest moment at Crux?
I have two really proud moments and they were both in the 2015 Open. On 15.3 when I had the best-scaled score it showed me that I was stronger than I thought. Doing that workout on the Friday night and having my Crux friends cheer me on was amazing. And the second proud moment was in 15.5. I was in the same heat with Allen and Brandon. The workout had just started and I was last off the rower for the set of 27 calories. Then I caught up in the rounds and was just ahead of Allen going back on the rower for the set of 9 calories. When I saw the number nine I instantly got off the rower and got right on the bar. At this point I was only worrying about myself and then when Mary-Beth called 9, I instantly collapsed to the ground. And when I looked up, I sawthe Machine (A.K.A. Allen) still on the bar. I was very proud of myself that I beat Allen. I thought it was impossible. Allen is amazing. (It doesn’t matter to me that Allen was lifting three times the weight that I was.)
Those were my proudest moments at CrossFit Crux!!
4. What are you working on now?
In CrossFit, you never stop working. There is always something new to practice. Right now I am working on strict chest-to-bar which leads to muscle-up progression. While doing these I have really noticed an increase in the muscles in my shoulders and this has helped me for other things like more speed on shoulder movements and being able to do more without being really sore.
I have also really been trying to get the butterfly kip motion down. During workouts with pull-ups I have been falling behind because I can only do the gymnastics kip. Even though this kip still works, I feel that it slows me down a lot. If I get the butterfly kip I will be really happy because then I can improve my time on workouts with pull-ups and I will be able to do a higher amount of reps.
5. What motivates you?
There are a few things that motivate me. The wonderful people at the gym and the desire to be stronger and fitter than I was yesterday. I don’t go to the gym to get a little workout in, I go to the gym to go HAM and to push myself harder than I can imagine. CrossFit helps me push myself past the limits.
Another really big motivator for me is Kevin Ogar. He got injured, and then when he got out of the hospital, he went right to CrossFit adaptive. Every time I think of him during a workout, I tell myself if I push myself harder he will be able to walk again. That is what motivates me.
The biggest inspiration for me is Brandon. He is what you call a machine. He is always telling me to go harder and the odd time he will say “no rep” just to keep me in line. He has done amazing in his CrossFit career and that has inspired me to try to follow in his footsteps. Thanks Coach B!
Two weeks ago I celebrated my 13th birthday, which in my family means a phone. But instead I asked my parents for a pull up bar and a barbell. That is what CrossFit has done for me.