Our March Member of the Month is Ted Sherry! He is a loyal member of the 12 PM class and really looks forward to the WOD’s with an endurance piece. Not only that, but in his FIRST CrossFit Games Open this year, Ted finished in the top 1500 WORLD WIDE in his age bracket. Congrats Ted and keep up the good work!
1) What are your hobbies/interest/talents outside of CrossFit?
Running, cycling, swimming, hiking, and organic gardening. I planted snap peas today, and should have lettuce and other greens for anyone interested in the next 4-6 weeks.
2) Share with us one thing that most people do NOT know about you?
I have 5 children, two sets of twins! My wife and kids are a blessing that I am thankful for daily. Keeps me moving.
3) How long have you been with us at CFR?
My wife bought me a membership for my birthday 6 years ago.
4) Take us back to your first week here. How did you feel? Remember the workout?
Enjoyed it from the start. Seeing the various movements, snatches, OH squats, muscle-ups, all of which I was incapable of doing at the time. I knew it was something I wanted to continue to improve and accomplish goals. One of the first workouts was “Murph.” I scaled it by half but couldn’t straighten my arms for days.
5) What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFR?
Proud that I have maintained and continued to make some gains over the last years.
6) Design your perfect workout?
I enjoy to suffer through longer workouts. It would have to involve some favorite movements, running, pull-ups, wall balls and a barbell. (Light though!)
7) What is your least favorite movement?
Overhead Squat and Snatch are difficult for me but I have definitely improved over the years. Hand Stand Push-up continue to be a weakness. I intend to make them a strength this year.
8) Summarize your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
Family, Medicine, Outdoors, Fitness
9) Have you experienced any changes in your lifestyle now that you have been a CrossFit athlete?
It has certainly changed my approach to fitness. More focus on high intensity workouts, strength and mobility in addition to endurance training. It has had an impact on my mentality as well. Forcing yourself to continue when your body says otherwise enforces a mental toughness.
10) What advice do you have for anyone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?
More advice they would probably want:
Scale weights/movement. Push yourself but don’t compromise form. Max lifts should be a weight you can perform with proper form. Set goals and pursue those goals with extra work, asking coaches and other members, watching videos etc. Rest, stretch, hydrate, work on mobility. Add some endurance: running, cycling, rowing, and swimming. Eat more plants. Vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains. Starting an exercise regimen doesn’t mean a pantry full of protein supplements. Focus on longevity and enjoy it. Cherish that soreness you feel at the end of the day knowing you are making yourself better/healthier
Special thanks to Erik, Derek, all the coaches, and the Relentless Community for all the support, encouragement, and instruction!