Member Interview: Tom
“There is no quick fix for poor health. Healthy habits and consistency over a long period of time makes a difference. It’s a process. I’m glad I started when I did!”
How long have you been crossfitting?
2 years this February.
What is your favorite movement or lift that we do in CrossFit?
Deadlifts. 225# is my current max! I’m proud of my squats too, though!
What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT?
That I wouldn’t be able to keep up. All I had seen about CrossFit prior to starting was professional athletes working out at a high intensity. Keeping up was a concern.
How did you get referred to MO2DT?
Well, Bryan (my son) had told me for 2 years straight that I should join. I kept putting it off and putting it off. Finally, at Bryan’s bachelor party, him and Steve hit me up...and I gave in. I completed foundations and have been here ever since.
What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?
Last year’s open. That was my first time doing it, and I even did some of the workouts RX for Masters!
What's your 9-5 (job)?
I’m a Technology Manager for Wells Fargo. I have about 40 people that I oversee across various locations. My office is located downtown. I’ll have been there for 21 years in March.
Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?
Community service work. I’m active with Optimists International, which is a service organization focused on youth and community service. One of the cool things we do is volunteer at Iowa Cubs games.
What keeps you coming back each day?
The camaraderie and positive impact it has had. My physical health has been so much better since joining. I’ve lost 40 pounds in 2 years, and the bulk of that has just been from working out.
One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?
When I was 5, I sat at the State of Iowa Governor’s desk and told him I would have his job. In 1996, I was the Governor for the state of Iowa...(of Optimist International!).
What’s your favorite meal?
Steak and lobster.
What or who has challenged you to be better or played a key role in helping you develop a new skill?
Between Bryan and all the coaches, it is hard to pinpoint someone. All the coaches have helped me. I would say my “go-to’s” that push me the hardest though, have been Kristen and Jess.