WHIT ABLES

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Whit Ables is our May Athlete of the Month!

Whit made a commitment to come to classes everyday - so that he could make it a habit. He came for 75 days in a row! This included finishing his first Open - PR’ing lots of things, and even getting a few BMU! Congrats Whit - you are an inspiration to us all! :)

How long have you been Crossfitting?
I started CF April 2018. However, I've started going to CF religiously this year.

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What made you start CF?
To be completely honest, I was fed up with being unhappy with my fitness level and my mentality toward my body. I wanted to face my fears head-on and join the most intense fitness program my mind could think of. Madeline Howard had mentioned CF to me a couple of months before I started so I had been contemplating it for a little bit. I decided to jump in headfirst with it, and I am so happy I did!

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
Of course, I have to mention physical changes because CF will definitely change your body for the better. I am stronger, I can work with intensity for longer periods of time, and I feel more coordinated and in-tune with my physical skills than I ever have. However, the most important change I've noticed since started CF is with my mind. Each workout has you plan and strategize how to approach the WOD most efficiently for your level (it's a mental workout as well!). Additionally, with CF, I have gained far more confidence in my abilities and with myself in general. I can't describe how amazing it feels to be able to do exactly what my self-doubt told me I couldn't do.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
My favorite movements by far are handstand push ups, pull-ups (and chest-to-bars), power cleans, and any type of box jumps. My least favorite movements are snatch, wall balls, and dumbbell thrusters.

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
The CF Conway community is BY FAR my favorite part of CF Conway. I can't count how many times I have been supported, encouraged, and pushed (@ Kelly Trimble and Randall Woods!) by the community, and I have them to thank for all for the completion of any of my fitness goals. Any and all success in CF comes from dedication and hard work, and the CF Conway community fosters an environment that is so conducive to success. I have said it so many times, and I'll say it again. I love my Crossfit Conway family!

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What are your long term goals?
I have a few long term goals with most of them involving getting stronger. As for personal goals, I would love to be able to deadlift 300+ lbs (I'm at 280 for the time being) and I would really love to get that elusive ring muscle up. For longer term goals, I can't wait until I can do WODs Rx on a consistent basis. The strength component isn't quite there yet, but I'm ready to put in the work!

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Don't think that you have to be a certain type of person to be a CF athlete. It doesn't matter what size you are, how tall you are, or what fitness level you were at before you join CF. CF is designed to be scaled for ANYONE to complete. I have absolutely no fitness background, and I am doing things at CF I could have never dreamed of doing before I joined. Take that first step! You will be supported by an amazing community that will only lift you up and celebrate your accomplishments with you. I can't think of any better way to begin or continue your fitness journey than with CF!

Zach Fonville