Client Spotlight March 2017: Teddy Rojanadit!
At Verve and CrossFit Rosslyn, we know that getting fit takes some serious hard work. It takes a certain mindset to make it through a tough workout while motivating yourself and others along the way. We like to recognize those who not only show growth and determination within our programming, but also inspires others to be their best!
Congrats to this month’s Client Spotlight, Teddy Rojanadit! With his positive and humorous energy that he brings to our classes, Teddy Rojanadit is hard to miss! And his hard work and dedication to our CrossFit and Pure Strength programming has truly paid off. He recently hit a Clean & Jerk PR of #125! Read his story below!
Please introduce yourself and what brought you to Verve Health & Fitness/CrossFit Rosslyn.
I first encountered CrossFit a few years ago when I worked with someone that owned a gym in Old Town. She’d often badger me to come in for a class, but at that time I didn’t want to commit to something I knew little about. Over the years, I learned more and more about it from other traditional gym-goers but still never felt motivated to take the next step. Naturally, like 70% of the nation, I gave CrossFit a try as a new year’s resolution in January 2016.
Prior to working out at Verve/CFR, what was your fitness/athletic background?
I was a swimmer nearly all my childhood but stopped in high school. I prioritized sleep over 5 am practice. After gaining the freshman 60 in college (I went from 120lbs to 180lbs by the end of sophomore year), I realized I needed to get back to work and started running and exercising again. I would dread the gym, but CrossFit has given me a whole new level of motivation.
What was your initial impression after your first training session/group class at Verve/CFR?
I came for a tour prior to my first class and the first question I asked Tim was, ‘Am I going to die?’ I don’t really remember my first session/group class that much (probably because I blacked out) but I did remember feeling amazing and accomplished afterward. After the first class, I couldn’t walk for a week.
What was your biggest challenge with starting your fitness regimen at Verve/CFR?
I remember thinking to myself how out of shape I was when I first started doing CrossFit. I felt like my whole exercising life was a lie because all the coaches would tell me what I was doing incorrectly which was pretty much everything. After a couple of months and a lot of frustrations, I was able to master the complex lifts.
Please share with us some of your proudest fitness accomplishments.
I have so many proud accomplishments! But I will have to say my proudest accomplishment was probably the Memorial Day ‘Maupin’ WOD. I still couldn’t believe that I completed this workout before the 50-minute time cap. I just remember feeling like I just ran a 50k, but I didn’t.
To this day I still feel proud with every new accomplishment. Whether if it’s the best time on the scoreboard, or beating out my max weight. But I know, I’m still a work in progress.
What are your favorite and least favorite exercises?
My least favorite exercise is probably rowing and burpees. There would be days when they combine these two for the WOD and I just want to die!
I think my favorite is anything with a jerks complex – I’m not sure why but it’s so fun for me!
Outside of working with the Verve/CFR trainers, what’s the biggest difference that you’ve noticed in your day-to-day life?
The biggest difference I’ve noticed in my day-to-day life is definitely feeling more fit and healthier. Working out was always a way for me to relieve stress from work and other extracurricular. I don’t crave unhealthy food like I used to and more aware with what I consume. I’m also definitely more confident and wanting to try other physical activities outside of CrossFit.
What are your future fitness goals?
I would love to master a handstand push up and double-unders. Possibly gain 10lbs. It’s funny how hard it was when you want to lose weight and now it’s hard for me to gain weight!
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
The advice I would give to someone just starting a new fitness journey is to be patient with yourself. It takes time to evolve and learn the techniques. I know sometimes it’s frustrating when you can’t get a move right or you feel like you’re stuck. Make sure you listen to your coaches; they are the resource to achieve your goals. Also, keeping a ‘diary/journal’ of all your weights and achievements. It’s fun to look back at how much you’ve improved 6 months to a year ago.
Share something random about yourself!
I do not have a favorite color.