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We are super excited to recognize Tyler this month! Tyler is humble, driven, and one of the hardest workers in the room. He is always looking for new challenges and he always brings the positive vibes! We can talk about his accomplishments all day, but he also makes it FUN to come to class, for the coaches and the members! Tyler was kind enough to tell us a little more about himself. Check out his answers below!

Why do you do CrossFit?
This is a tough one to explain in words, but I’ll try to give it a shot. The reason I do CrossFit is to beat myself. There’s nothing like the feeling of proving to yourself how much you are capable of and Crossfit certainly challenges you mentally and physically enough to show yourself this.

What do you want do for a living?
I am an environmental scientist for a premier international engineering firm. I specialize in natural resource and environmental impacts, permitting, mitigation, and design. As one of my coworkers says, “We play in dirt and wetlands for a living.”

What is your best advice for someone just starting CrossFit?

Trust the process (programming) and most importantly: HAVE FUN!!! It can be super easy to feel frustrated in the beginning with CrossFit’s use of hard/technical gymnastic movements and olympic lifting. Just know that scaling isn’t failing and that your coaches are there to see and help you succeed! It’ll take time and patience, but remember that hard work pays off.

What is your favorite kind of workout or movement?  
Long chippers, all day everyday. I want to look at the whiteboard and feel terrified before the WOD. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment after pushing yourself to complete something the voice in your head doubted you could do. This goes back to the reason why I keep coming back to the gym, to prove to myself that I can do hard things.

What’s your favorite activity/hobby outside the gym?
For those who have seen my non-gym footwear of choice, you may have noticed that I am obsessed with fly fishing. I worked at a fly shop and guided full time during my summers in college and still guide here and there on the weekends to scratch that itch. If I’m not in the gym or hanging out with my wife and kids (our cat and doggo), then I am probably exploring a wild trout stream!

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