Tyler’s enthusiasm and work ethic in the gym is infectious. He is that guy you often see crushing workouts and then continuing to push himself off in the corner doing an extra hour of core almost everyday. Not only is he a wonderful person to have in classes where he has made constant strides, just recently PR’ing his Snatch at 220# and his Clean and Jerk at 275#, but he also has tremendous work ethic; cleaning the gym regularly after he finishes class at CU for the day and then comes back in early to the gym the next day.
Tyler is already a stud in the gym, but we expect great things from him in the future with his focus on correct form and pushing himself daily in metcons!
We asked Tyler a few questions about what CrossFit means to him and here were his answers…
1) How did you get started with CrossFit? What was the primary driving factor?
-I started Crossfit my sophomore year of high school. I had just moved to Missouri from California and was still becoming accustomed to an unfamiliar place. There was a New Years promotion going on at the gym down the street and my parents signed us all up without telling me. I had been training during the football offseason on my own, but was not getting much out of that. I needed a new program and was willing to give Crossfit a shot. Despite almost puking and getting my ass kicked by merely a kettle bell and a box my first WOD, I somehow fell in love. The intensity, versatility, grittiness, strong camaraderie, and the overall level of fitness of those who had been doing Crossfit for a while made me thirsty for more, and I haven’t stopped since. After a year and a half of doing my own makeshift “WODs” at the CU Rec Center, I finally joined the Sanitas family in February 2017. I’ve always loved Boulder, but until I joined Sanitas I never felt entirely comfortable. Crossfit had once again managed to turn an unfamiliar place into home, and I am incredibly thankful for the Sanitas community.
2) What are your goals for the upcoming 2017/2018 CrossFit year?
-My goals for this upcoming year are a 235# snatch by the open, to place in the top 800 in the region, and to place in the top 5 at Monster Mash next year.
3) What has been your biggest challenge you have had to overcome since starting CrossFit?
-The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is proper squat form with my knees. When the weights get heavy my right knee tends to track inward. To combat this issue, I have scaled the weight down and really focused on driving my knees outward when coming out of the hole. I am still working on it, but I am a million times better than day one and I no longer have knee issues!
4) What is your favorite CrossFit Workout/Movement?
-Gotta love those snatches and toes-to-bar.
5) What is your least Favorite CrossFit Workout/Movement?
-I love to hate thrusters and/or assault bike. Both just make my legs jelly but man are they good for you.
6) What advice can you give to those just starting out in CrossFit?
-My advice to those just starting out is to develop good habits with your lifts early on. Starting out, it is too easy to lift more than you should with poor form simply because you let your ego get the best of you. Stay light, and truly focus on your form with every lift. Study proper technique, be patient, and listen to your coaches, they know what they are doing. It is much harder to break bad habits than it is to start with good ones. Proper form = longevity and better gainz.
7) Lastly… what is your most memorable moment in Crossfit?
-My most memorable moment in Crossfit happened a couple of weeks ago during the Monster Mash competition. Monster Mash 2017 was my first Crossfit competition, and my dad surprised me by flying in to watch. Him being there on the sidelines like back in high school meant the world to me and really helped me to push my limits.
Member of The Month Workout
As per the norm we will be doing a workout to honor Tyler as member of the month by combining some things he loves with something he does not.
5 Rounds for Time
5 Squat Snatch at 135/95
15 Toes To Bar
5 Thrusters at 135/95
5 Bar Muscle-Ups