Member Spotlight – Terry Newman

Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”.  

It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout.  

This month’s spotlight is on Terry Newman, a Grand Trunk member since 2015.  

When did you join Grand Trunk, and why? 

Terry: I joined Grand Trunk CrossFit in January 2015 to get out of a rut and try to develop a healthier lifestyle. 

What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit? 

My favorite part of GTCF is the atmosphere Brooklyn and Diana Netherton have created and the people I have met. I can honestly say I have never had a bad day at the gym regardless of what I did or didn’t lift that day. The gym is a happy place for me. 

What is your favorite movement? 

Deadlifts. I pick things up and put them down. 

What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of? 

Without a doubt, 500 lb. deadlift was pretty sweet and unexpected. 

What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish? 

I am pretty content with where I am at, but knocking out a muscle up would be pretty sweet. (Lots of work to be done there.)

What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit? 

Do it. I got into a CrossFit because my friend and his wife were raving about it and that peaked my curiosity. Shortly after GTCF opened next door to my work, Brooklyn walked over and said I should give it a shot. Best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. 

How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym? 

I like to think it has helped me break out of my comfort zone and become more social. It has helped give me more confidence outside of the gym and I try to carry that daily. It has helped me achieve goals I never would have thought about a few years ago. 

What is a fun fact that people might not know about you? 

In a former life I was an all-county swimmer and took first place at a conference meet my senior year of high school in the 500-yard freestyle. I’m also an Eagle Scout.  

If you could create your own WOD, what would it be? 

Wall balls or slam balls, deadlifts, and the assault bike. I’m also a fan of pull-ups now. When did that happen?  

Fill in the blank: I CrossFIt (because/so I can): I CrossFit so I can be healthier and happier.   

If you’d like to schedule a free, no-sweat intro, sign up today! 

Pandora’s Box: Looking at the WOD Before Going to the Gym

An age-old question of CrossFitters is: Do I look at the WOD on the app before I go to the gym? 

It’s something all of us struggle with. 

If we see a WOD we don’t like, that increases the chances we are going to skip our workout that day. 

(Can we be honest for a second? When was the last time you saw a WOD you liked? They are designed specifically to push you past the comfort threshold.) 

But if we start to cherry-pick when we go to the gym, then we’re missing out on the purpose of CrossFit, which is to push your body to places you never knew it could go, while becoming more awesome. 

The benefits of pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone are well documented. That would include going to the gym when you know you’re going to hate the workout. 

On the flip side, however, the more you think about the workout, the more time you have to convince yourself that it’s not that bad. 

And if you’re sitting behind a desk all day, the prospect of getting up and moving around – doing anything – is preferable to going home and plopping down on the couch to watch television. 

The Wodify app can definitely be seen as a Pandora’s Box of anxiety, but only if you let it. 

Our best advice is to schedule days when you go to the gym, no matter the workout. 

But we’d love to hear from you. 

Do you look at the WOD before you go? Or do you like to be surprised? 

Still interested? Sign up today for a free no-sweat intro session! 

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