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 Ben Creekmore, a member since October of 2016.
When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?
Ben: I joined in October of 2016. I was getting bored with just running and going to the gym. I wanted something that would challenge and push me. Plus, it was something I could get Jessica to do with me.
What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?
I like the community. Jessica and I have met a lot of good friends through the gym. Everyone is always encouraging and motivating. I like the variety in the workouts and movements, as well. It is something new every day, even though I think Brooklyn likes to see me limp in after three days of nothing but legs.
What is your favorite movement?
Hang power clean, sand bag throws, and slam balls are the best.
What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?
Bar muscle up. I’d stay after class and practice for 15 every day at the beginning of the year. Took about four weeks for me to get my first one.
What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?
I’d like to hit 185 pounds on snatches. Getting better at gymnastics would be nice, too.
What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?
Give it a try. CrossFit is hard and challenging, but you won’t regret it. You’ll start to feel better about yourself and see the results quickly.
Also, don’t buy into the rumors about CrossFit. It’s not all about people throwing weights around, making loud noises, and trying to lift as much as possible regardless of form. There are a lot of other lifts out there that CrossFit introduces you to other than the one the “broskies” do at a regular gym.
Plus, our coaches are great and do an awesome job teaching people to lift correctly.
How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?
I feel healthier and stronger. It’s a great way to relieve stress for me.
What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?
I was in the Navy for six years and stationed on a submarine for four. But something more fun is I’m a huge Gwen Stefani fan, especially No Doubt Gwen.
If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?
Four rounds of: Eight bench press, 12 sandbag throws, 16 slam balls, grass run. Cash out would be 20 strict pull-ups.
Four rounds of: Hang power clean (one minute), sand bag throws (one minute), slam balls (one minute), rest (one minute).
Fill in the blank: I CrossFIt (because/so I can): I like it. I like going to the gym and skipping around, seeing people push past their limits, and waking up sore. But also so I can drink beer.
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