CFB Member Profile, Mark Crawford

Mark Crawford, Mortgage Adviser, Mark Crawford Financial.

Member of CrossFit Belfast since January 2015

I grew up participating in lots of sports and would have been relatively fit throughout my school years.  I went to commercial gyms from the age of 19 but would lose interest quickly so would only really attend for about 3 months of the year.  Like many guys, my flawed on/off "fitness regime" consisted of hitting the free weights area in the gym 4 times per week, with Monday being the vitally important Chest & Biceps day.  For the next 15 years, while spending most of my gym time queuing for the much over used bench press station, my cardio, technique and mobility took a back seat.

In October 2014 I did a 12 mile mud run in Dublin and it was a wake up call as to how out of shape I had become.   I made it round the course but only with numerous breaks to stretch out my cramping legs!

In January 2015 I made the decision not to go back to the normal gym routine which was obviously not working.  Instead, I signed up to the CrossFit Belfast Foundations Course.  After learning the basics I jumped into my first WOD which happened to be called "Karen".  It's really simple, pick up a medicine ball, do a squat, then throw it up to a target which is 10feet from the floor and repeat this 150 times (how hard could it be?).

Thankfully Niall scaled the workout to include a lighter ball with a 1 minute rest in the middle.  Eight minutes and 123 reps later I hit the time cap for the workout and was spent.

After the workout was finished I was determined to give CrossFit a go, so I signed up to 5 classes per week.  Five months in and I am still really enjoying it.  I go to the 6.30am class die to work commitments but I am trying to make time for the Barbell Club on Thursday nights.

Yes, it's more expensive than a commercial gym but I thinks it's great value given the facilities and the time Jenna & Niall have invested in coaching me.  Apart from becoming stronger and leaner my fitness has improved dramatically.  I've been taught how to do technical compound lifts and Olympic lifts, along with other skills like double-unders, kipping pull-ups, muscle ups and handstand pushups.

All of the workouts can be scaled to suit your ability and you always have someone who is better than you to chase.

Every day is different and that's what has kept me coming back.  The movements, rounds, reps and other details always vary, so you never know what to expect.  One day you could run 400's and do pull-ups, and the next day you could be doing kettle-bell swings, burpees and box jumps.  The atmosphere is fantastic and the gym has a real family feel to it.

Thanks for sharing your story Mark, keep up the great work!!

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