Spotlight Athlete

broadwatersCongrats Vicky and Mike Broadwater on being our next Athlete(s) in the Spotlight

When did you start doing CrossFit?
Vicky – A few months after BayDog opened.
Mike – about a year later

What is your favorite WOD/Type of WOD?
Vicky – Ones with a fun amount of variety with weights and body weight movements. I may whine and complain my way though it but I get it done and you can’t beat the feeling of accomplishment of tackling the tough WODs!
Mike – Ones that drive endurance or bodyweight WODs.

What is your least favorite WOD/Type of WOD?
Vicky – Ones with burpees!!! Calorie rows come in a close second, though.
Mike – Anything overhead squat…

Tell us a little bit about yourself/yourselves (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.)
We have one adult son plus two kitties, we love to cook, travel, and camp in our RV. We are both avid hockey and Doctor Who fans. We both are professional nerds who work from home, so sometimes the daily WOD is just not running into each other or a cat while on conference calls.

What type of exercise or activities (if any) were you doing before CrossFit?
Vicky – I had been a member at a local gym for several years before finding CrossFit. As much as I didn’t like to exercise at the time, group classes helped to motivate me better than trying to workout on my own at home. Things like BodyPump and bootcamp classes were great exercise but I would get bored with them and their lack of variety. I was also running a good bit at the time but was sidelined by a stress fracture.
Mike – Long history of gym memberships back to high school participating in everything from group classes to personal trainers. I had run multiple events from 5K to Marathon to Endurance runs like RAGNAR. Had spent plenty of time on a road bike as well.

 

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
Vicky – I didn’t really have any specific goals at the time. I wanted to find something that would keep my attention enough to want to keep doing it. I like food so finding something to counteract that was about my only goal at the time. 🙂
Mike – back then, strength training to improve my running performance.   

 

Have you achieved any of those goals?
Vicky – Definitely! While I didn’t have any specific goals when I started at BayDog, it didn’t take me long to come up with a list of them! While things like muscle-ups may be a super long-term goal for me, other ones are getting checked off all the time.
Mike – well, I quit running so that was an easy one! But after suffering a significant shoulder injury that really put any other goals outside of recovering on hold. Happily in the last few months I have regained a bit more range of motion (though rotation still needs work) and have gotten to a point I can do a full RX work out (in many cases). My cardio capacity is finally coming back around and I am finally able to do pull-ups! I am starting to feel like the person I was prior to injury/surgery.   

 

Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym (Community, Friends, etc)?
Vicky – It’s made me a stronger person, for sure!
Mike – The friendships we have made and the reconnecting with friends has been incredible. There is a true sense of community in our little box, and it makes it all the more worthwhile.

Something you might not know about me/us is…
We had a hard time answering this one. With friends it feels like there isn’t much not known of us. We really do just like to enjoy the time we have together and with our friends. Every moment someone shares with us is a gift.

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