Name: Dave Gibson
Hometown: Huntsville, TX
Age: 43, significantly younger than Eli
Occupation: Senior Sales Manager, Corporate Travel – HiltonWorldwide
When did you first start doing CrossFit? Nov 2019, with some light dabbling in it previously at unaffiliated gyms and doing Murph forfunsies.
When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy? Nov 2019, as soon as we moved out here and I had already researched the CrossFit gyms in the area.
What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? Always in the morning because I’m old. When I’m working, I’m a quiet, yet high-volume complainer in the 5am crew. During furlough, I attend some of the much more chatty mid-morning classes where I lift 30% of what Tyler lifts.
Favorite WOD: DT! Barbell cycling of any kind with highvolume. I’m not even remotely strong, but I LOVE moving the barbell. That’s reason #1 out of 3,000 why I love CrossFit.
Least Favorite WOD: Oh, I will never forget it. 4 RFT – 600mrun, 40m double DB front rack lunge walk 50#. I should have known when I walked in and it was just Julie, Brian and I, and Jessie looked at us like we made the worst decision of our lives. Every single one of you reading this right now cherry-picked that WOD, which shows your wisdom, but I will forever hold it against you.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I am the youngest of 4 boys. There wasn’t a single day of our childhood, not one, where we weren’t playing basketball, golf, football, baseball, or volleyball. I ended up playing basketball and golf through high school. I was best at golf, where I was a scratch golfer for nearly 4 years, but my heart was in basketball. Only problem was that I am 6’3 and was the tallest guy on my team all through high school and had to play center against dudes that were 6’10 and taller.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back toyour first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? Moved to a new house off 290 and Pinemont in 2008 and bought a month-long discount pass at this brand new, yet sketchy CrossFit gym right next to Karbach Brewery, which was close to me. I wasn’t in good shape, or fast, or flexible, or intelligent and it was really humbling. I loved the workouts but hated the complete lack of air conditioning or air movement at all. That coach corrected a lot of my form on basic barbell movements, which is the biggest thing that I took away from it, and that stayed with me for all of the training and lifting that I did from that point on. I learned that I loved CrossFit then, but couldn’t afford it at the time. I knew all along that I would love an affiliated gym, so that’s what I searched for out here in Katy and found you amazing people.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I have been training and coaching a lot of people for obstacle course races and ultra-running for several years andI truly enjoy it. I do enjoy running, but like golf, my heart isn’t there. I don’t like what happens to my body when I run more than 35 miles per week, or when I do a 50-mile race, etc. I get too skinny, too weak, and my bones ache. I want to be strong and confident, and I LOVE moving the barbell! So before I got to CFK, I had a motor and could go all day, but limited strength. I wanted to add that strength and go after more of the “sprint” type of competitions in OCR and blended sports. I have since discovered that CrossFit doesn’t impede or inhibit running growth at all, but even IMPROVES it due to strengthening your core, your hamstrings, your quick explosiveness, and your motor at threshold.Now I run about 25-32 miles per week at a faster pace, and I’m growing strength all at the same time.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced since starting CrossFit? Well I still whine and complain at about the same volume. And I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t sore. But CrossFit has increased my confidence, decreased my severe anxiety, increased my desire to buy shoes I don’t need, decreased the soft tenderness of my hands, and gives me goals each and every day. Long story short, I am a happier person when I do CrossFit.
Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve: I can do Grace now, though not quickly. I can butterfly pull-ups. I hate DUBs less. I can power clean 185 THIIIICK pounds now OMG!!! I want a sub-4 Fran, a sub-50 unpartitioned Murph, and I want to squat clean more than I hang clean. And I love coaching and would love for you to correct me when I have bad form, or when you know I can be going harder. I CRAVE coaching and legit criticism, so please fix me and yell at me when I’m not doing as well as you know I can be, as I am truly trying to compete in things and I need the expectations.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments: I love competing with superior athletes because it makes me better! I’ve never been around better athletes and better people than at this gym. But truly my favorite moment at this gym is watching Steve come do the CrossFit Open adapted to his ability, and having his wife come and watch and cheer him on. THAT is what this is all about. I got a bit emotional just watching him grind through those WODs. Let’s all be like Steve when we grow up!
Any advice for people just getting started? Show up, ask questions, be open to coaching, try things that you don’t know about, trust the programming, try to push yourself, be sore, then do it all again tomorrow. That’s when the physical and psychological benefits are inevitable.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside ofCrossFit? Fanatically watching the Fightin’ Texas Aggie sports, the Astros andTottenham. Hating Baylor, the moronic Texans, and Baylor. Obsessing in Marvel and Star Wars. Watching Lord of the Rings or Hobbit every time it’s on any channel. Listening to music as loud as humanly possible, ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to Avett Brothers, Operation Ivy to Nathaniel Rateliff, Joy Division to Tracy Lawrence. Absolutely DESTROYING my kids in Settlers of Catan. Keeping a crisp lawn at an Augusta-level. Masterfully grilling steak. Eating literally all day (4,500+ calories per day). But above all, family and Jesus! I am a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I just use a bit too many spicy words.