Name: Ian Nicholas Henry Boyd
Hometown: High River, Alberta, Canada
Occupation: Architecture Student/Architecture Intern
When did you first start CrossFitting?: Feb 27th, 2012
When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?: Feb 27th, 2012
What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? Morning
Favorite WOD: 12 days of Christmas was pretty fun, but in general I like any Deadlift or OHS WODs
Least Favorite WOD: Large numbers of burpees L
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: In highschool I played basketball , but after that I didn’t do much. I tried a lot of different things afterwards; running, biking, tennis, roller blading, but nothing really stuck with me until I tried CrossFit
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? A cousin of Emily’s was involved quite some time ago, and we heard about it from her. After a while Emily mentioned we should try it, and after everything I had heard I was a little apprehensive, but I am glad I let out that meek little “yes” when I did, because it changed my life. My first WOD, funny how we always remember, was a rowing WOD. 2k row, rest, 2k row, rest, 500m. I had never even looked at a rowing machine before that day, and I found that I took on it quite naturally. That isn’t to say I found it easy, because I gained respect for a machine that I never thought possible, because it definitively kicked my ass. I was exhausted. My arms were wobbly, my legs were burning, and my back was aching. I was sore from that for a week, but I really think it shows how much we are capable of, and even when we are faced with a new challenge we have never yet encountered, we are able to overcome it in a glorious (well, kind of) fashion!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Besides the obvious weight loss (Thanks Paleo!) and muscle gain, the biggest difference I found was in my ability to breath. I have mild asthma and when I first started CrossFit the 400m warm-up run would get me huffing and wheezy, but now I can run for miles without needing a break! Besides that, I have a lot more energy, and find my confidence has gone way up too (not that it needed the boost :P)! I find when I have a challenge in front of me, it is so easy to overcome it by saying “I do CrossFit, this is nothing!”
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I don’t think I expected the community that comes with CrossFit, and how that sense of community has enveloped my circle of friends. Case-in-point is when you are doing a rough WOD, everyone sees you at your worst; tired, sore, grumpy, sweaty, and dirty, and they love you for it! It just makes our get-togethers all that more exciting to see everyone when they are all clean and dressed up nicely!
Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): When I joined CFK everything bodyweight was a huge obstacle for me. Pullups, Pushups, lunges, squats, you name it. I had to modify most of the workouts just to be able to get through them, and even then it was a struggle. So I think that my success with now being able to do decent numbers of pullups and pushups, and even now HSPU’s is a huge achievement for me, and one I am excited to improve on. But as far as a specific goal, I would have to say a muscle-up. Every time we are warming up and stretching out, I see those rings dangling, mocking, taunting me to grab them and give it a try. One day rings, one day!
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments: I think one of the moments that will stick with me the most seems very small, but it had a huge impact on how I did WOD’s from then on. It was a deadlift WOD, and we happen to be maxing out. My previous PR was something like 265, and I had already upped that to 285 this workout, but I decided to be brave and push it to 295. Right before I get started, Leah comes up to me, looks at my bar, and tells me to go put on 5 more pounds, to make it an even 300. Having struggled heavily with 285, I was a bit hesitant, but cheers from her and the others egged me on. I put it on, and got into position. I swear to this day I am sure it took me 6 or 7 minutes to pull that bar all the way up. It was probably more like 30 seconds, but I could feel every millimeter of my muscles tightening and fighting to get that bar up, but it did. It was then that I knew that I always had a little bit more to give, and with the right encouragement and guidance, we can achieve many things. Also: the dodgeball party was freakin’ awesome!
Any advice for people just getting started? I could give you the regular “stick with it” speech, but to be honest I think anyone with any determination at all will want to keep going. Instead I will preach about the importance of listening to your body and taking care of it. Eat Right. If it hurts, stop. And TAKE CARE OF YOUR HANDS! File those callouses down, moisturize, whatever, because if you keep on tearing and injuring them, you’re gonna have a bad time :P
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Being in architecture school, I don’t get a lot of free time. I spend about 35 hours at school each week, and another 30-50 hours doing homework. Fortunately for me it is very enjoyable, and is not only an education, but a hobby and interest as well! I also love seeing movies, and going bowling (233 record *flex), but unfortunately I don’t get to go near as much as I like. I also do more architecting at work when I don’t have school, where I work with a great boss and enjoyable atmosphere. My dog, Rune (boxer) is awesome, and worthy of a mention here too. Also: reading, video games, TV, playing with my little (8 y.o.) brother are pretty interesting/fun to me.