Athlete Spotlight



Will R.

I am an athlete. I am a strongman competitor.  I am a USAW member.  I know how to clean & jerk and snatch.  I lift stones.  I Crossfit.  

A year and a half ago, those are words I never thought I would be writing down.  I never had fitness goals… I never had fitness.  

A year and a half ago I signed up for a Tough Mudder.  Up to that point I was 10 years removed from the last time I was a globogym member, had completed a couple 5K runs, and ran one Warrior Dash.  Searching for “how to train for a Tough Mudder” on Google, I found Matt Ellison’s Obstacle Course Race Training class at Crossfit St. Charles.  I called Kim, set an appointment, met the Leanders, and was run through the Baseline by Jen.  

I was hooked.  

“So… I show up, do what the coaches say, and go as hard as I can?  And I don’t have to figure out what the hell I need to do?”


“It’s really that simple?”

“Yes, Will… it’s that simple.”

“Here’s my credit card; please show me the dotted line.”

Crossfit is the most physically challenging thing I have ever done in my life.  There are all kinds of folks that belong to CfStC, each with unique goals and incentives for being at CfStC.  For me, I want to be better today than I was yesterday.  It’s that simple.  And, thanks to my CfStC coaches, I am.   

Over the last year and a half, I’ve seen my life improve in so many ways.  I feel good about what I have accomplished.  I am proud.  I am just shy of turning 40 years old and I truly believe that when I turn 40, I’ll be in my best physical condition ever.  

I stand up and am counted with people who have more heart than any group of individuals I have ever known.  People who are fighting; fighting to be a competitor, fighting to be pain free, fighting to take advantage of every nugget of coaching available, fighting to go beyond the limits they thought they had.  

Me?  I approach every WOD as an opportunity to get stronger.  Every WOD is an opportunity to get faster.  Every class is opportunity to get better at the most challenging things I’ve done.  

Every moment at CfStC is an opportunity to learn and an opportunity to contribute. 

I fight to be the best I can be at any given challenge / opportunity presented.  
I fight to be stronger next year than I am today.


Warm Up
Row 1000m

Turkish Get Ups
5×4 (2 each arm)

Toes to bar

21-15-9 reps, for time of:
Overhead Squat, 115/75 lbs

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