Athlete of the Week – Eric Conner

Eric is a true testament to the fact that fitness doesn’t just happen in the gym. Since joining, Eric has put as much work into his nutrition as he has into his workouts, and he has lost an amazing 30+ pounds! We can attest to just how much dedication, perseverance and mental toughness he has. Eric shows his constant desire to improve in class by taking every cue to heart and has shown swift improvement because of that. We’re truly grateful Eric chose Sycamore CrossFit as the place he would pursue his goals and that he gave us all of his trust. Keep up the hard work, we are always happy to see you and look forward to helping you reach your health and fitness goals!

How did you get started with CrossFit?

I have had tried different gym memberships and weight loss programs. I needed the guidance of professional coaches to lose weight and become stronger. CrossFit provides that.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I went through the foundations program in February of 2018.

What are your hobbies and interests outside CrossFit?

I enjoying being outdoors, on a nice beach with a cold drink. Also going to baseball games, watching Bears football and Liverpool FC soccer.

What is your fitness background?

Very little. I played baseball as a kid and that is about it.

Short-term training goal?

Achieve a healthy weight and fitness level.

Long-term training goal?

I want to be able to run a 5K unbroken. My unbroken best is at 400m. I do not run well currently.  Ultimately I want to run (not run walk) the 10k Pumpkin run. Maybe in 2019.

What is your favorite movement?

When we walk with the barbells on our shoulders out by Airport Road –  feels like you’re a badass.

What is your least favorite movement?

Lunges

Proudest moment in CrossFit so far?

I have several – 5k row. 46 unbroken single-unders. 400m run unbroken. Finally doing ‘real’ burpees. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of these in January.

What was your biggest obstacle to starting CrossFit and how did you overcome that?

I thought I needed to get in shape before starting. By just showing up, the rest fell into place.

What kept you coming back?

There is a feeling of accountability that comes with having coaches and signing up for classes. That’s missing at a regular gym.

Your advice for someone considering starting CrossFit?

Just show up. Any exercise or movement can be modified to get the same benefit. The coaches say it and it’s true. Doing anything at the gym is significantly more than you would be doing at home on the couch.

How has Sycamore CrossFit changed your life?

I have lost 30+ pounds while gaining muscle.

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