Welcome to the first addition of our monthly – Athlete of the Month (AOTM) post where we recognize one of our outstanding CPC’ers. The last Friday of each month will be dedicated to highlighting one of you that has made an extraordinary effort, series of efforts, and/or is inspiring the group.
Unfortunately for us, this has been a far more challenging task than we anticipated – not for the fact that we couldn’t find someone to recognize, but for quite the opposite reason. I started with a list of 15 CPC’ers and was forced to narrow it down to just one person. Although their contributions to our lives are amazing, we will not be including any of the four-legged CPC’ers that grace us with their presence.
I remember doing Frank’s Intro a few months back. He came in and told me that he had lost a considerable amount of weight on his own through implementing the Paleo diet – which is a feat unto itself and gave us a glimpse into the level of determination that we were going to be working with.
When asked about his athletic history, Frank told me that he didn’t have one. At all. The Baseline workout was going to be the first real athletics that Frank had done since P.E. class.
After showing him the Baseline movements, I made the executive decision to only let Frank do half of his Baseline. For medical reasons.
That was the old Frank. Fast forward six months and now we have the new Frank.
Everyone who joined us for the Whole Life Challenge watched Frank more than double his number of burpees in two months (yes, more than double his number). We’ve seen him lift more weights than he ever has in life, run the Solvang Mile, take part in the CrossFit Football Challenge, and rumor has it that he’s now signed up for a 5K at Christmas! HOLY CRAP!
Frank, you’re truly an inspiration, and I don’t use that word lightly. Eric and I tell everyone here when they join that all we care about is how hard they’re willing to work and how much they’re willing to give back to the community. You have exemplified both aspects and thus we honor you this month.
Keep training, keep believing in yourself, take the good days with the bad, but keep moving forward and we promise you that your life will never be the same. By watching letting us be a part of your journey, ours won’t either.
Tonight we raise our glasses to you sir!
Your CPC Family
Low Bar Back Squat
Partner WOD for time
1 person working at time to complete:
20 rope climbs
200 wall balls (20/14#)
This can be done with any segmentation the team chooses