I would have to say that my favorite piece of gym equipment is a barbell. It's versatile and technical, and you can lift a lot of weight with it. It also never gets boring. Transcript: "I like my gymnastics stuff fine. I like a good set of rings and I especially like rope climbs, but I think that there's something about a barbell, right? I think it's versatile and there's just something about being able to lift heavy and a lot of the different movements you can do are a lot of fun. They're very technical and there's a lot of learning that goes into that. So there's something about a good barbell lift that really fires you up. So I would have to say a barbell. I could do a lot of things with a barbell for a lot of years and not get bored."
Crossfit has allowed me to form a connection with my family, as they come to watch me compete in various locations throughout the year. Transcript: "CrossFit is a world that I got into very unexpectedly, not somewhere I ever saw my life going, but at this point now, almost 10 years down the line, I've met a lot of great friends and cool people doing CrossFit. And it's very interesting for me, it's like a tether to my family as well. So I joke with them often, my parents are retired now and they travel around and come watch me compete all over the place. And you know, I'm 32 years old and my parents still come to my games and watch me play sports. So I think that's something that's really cool. I don't live near my family, so it's a cool way for us to connect various times of the year in various locations and kind of stay close. So that's something that's been really special that CrossFit's allowed myself and my family to do."
My most significant injuries were when I tore my bicep in 2016, my groin in 2020, and bruised my lung in 2018. Transcript: "I think we've always got you know bumps and bruises all the time and you know you have to kind of differentiate when you're hurt and injured so my most significant injury is probably where I've got maybe three in 2016 I tore my bicep long head of my bicep in my left arm fully and recovered for that before the games and then in the 2020 games just before the games I tore my groin and that hampered my performance that year significantly and I had to spend a long time recovering in the offseason with that and maybe in the 2018 games with that car going out fall actually bruised my lung and so I had some kind of side effects from that for a little while but that actually wasn't terrible those maybe be my three most significant injuries"
I spend a lot of time warming up and activating the muscles I'm going to be using in my workouts. I also spend time playing with my son to help mobilize my joints. I use fitness apps for guidance on warmups and cool downs and I treat Mobility work as part of my training and not an adjunct. Additionally, I have enough knowledge to guide my own rehab when I need it. Transcript: "Well, these days I don't get away with the lack of warmup like I maybe used to, so I spend a lot of time warming up, activating muscles and things like that, whatever muscles, joints I'm going to be using in the workouts. I do a long general warmup. I spend a lot of floor time with my infant son and I roll around and try to mobilize my joints as much as I can in the mornings before I go to the gyms, just playing with him. But yeah, it's really just, it's time spent. It's lots of long warmups and taking some time cooling down, stretching out after events are done. And you know, you really get out of it what you put in. So I would definitely advise getting on, you know, I use the Pull Up Liability app, but any of those, any yoga or mobility apps are great because they kind of just guide you along and you take the thinking out of it. So you'll actually do it. And I've had to really start treating those things as parts of my training and not as sort of adjuncts. So I do a lot of that. I don't get a lot of treatment outside of the gym, which is ironic because I work in a clinic. But that said, you know, I also work as a therapist, so I have a decent amount of knowledge about what to do for my own body. So I kind of guide my own rehab in the various areas when I need it. So in general, I'd say I'm always kind of working on something, whether it's elbows, shoulders, knees, and you kind of just juggle it."
It's important to set performance goals for each workout, so that you can objectively assess your success. This will help you focus on the skills you need to build and move on to the next thing without getting too hung up on time. Transcript: "This is really hard to do. And I actually think that sometimes we get lost because a lot of workouts are kind of inherently for time. And there's always time to be had somewhere. You can always shave a second here, a second there. And if we get too hung up on like how to go faster, sometimes you can just always feel like you never quite hit the mark. So something I've tried to do more recently is discuss with my coach what the goals are of each workout so that maybe a certain one is not necessarily for time. It's more about doing bigger sets unbroken or whatever. There's a lot of things you could work on that will build skills that you'll need later. So if that's the goal for a specific workout, make sure you're hitting the target and then forget about the other stuff. It's just noise. Or I try to just make a decision beforehand. I'm gonna try to keep my rounds at 90 seconds or less or whatever. So make a goal of some kind. And then at the end of the workout, if you've hit that performance target, you just count that as a win and you move on to the next thing. And then maybe next time you are more aggressive with your target or less aggressive, depending on how it went. But setting some form of target so that you can objectively finish the piece and say, hey, did I do what I sought out to do? And if you did, it's a W. And just move on to the next thing and try to forget about it."
I think the biggest period of growth for me was when I was away in university and doing my doctor of chiropractic degree, which was a total of 8 years. If people are looking to experience a lot of growth, they should try to put themselves in new environments, expose themselves to new places and people, and challenge themselves to think in new ways. Transcript: "I'd say this was probably, you know, I was away in university for many years, doing my undergraduate and then doing my doctor of chiropractic degree. So that was probably a seven year total, eight year stint. And I think that that was probably the biggest period. It's a long period, but I mean, it's a time where you're still young. And I was living far, far away from home, other side of the country. You're meeting lots of new people, you're being exposed to lots of new ideas. So for me, I mean, being through school was a big part of that. But I think that if people are looking to experience a lot of growth, I think trying to put yourself in new environments is a big key to that, right? Expose yourself to new places and new people. Because I even still when I go home to where I grew up, you sometimes feel that pull to just sort of fall back into the ruts of how you did things during that period of your life. And so if you're looking to kind of reinvent yourself or, or just expose yourself to new thoughts or new ways of thinking, a good way to do it is just to change your environment."