Tommy getting after tire flips and jumps over the tire during a Friday Night Lights class.

CrossFit is a tough journey, but it’s worth it. It requires hard work, sweat, discipline, and perseverance. Our lives are filled with challenges, obstacles, and sometimes even setbacks. And although every person’s road is unique, it is not a solo journey because we are all here to support and celebrate each other! 

This month will feature Tommy Simon, who has been a member with unwavering positivity every time he steps foot into the gym. He has an incredible engine and strength in body weight movements- but don't let his lighter frame fool you when it comes to moving some heavy weight. Tommy had the best RX male time in the gym for CF Open WOD 14.5 (21-18-15...6-3 of thrusters and burpees over the bar) with a time of 16:25! See what he had to say about a few things in his interview below: 

Name: Tommy Simon
Age: 25
Occupation: Sales support for an insurance brokerage.

How long have you been training here? Almost a full year.

How did you get started in CF? I was encouraged to check it out by a college buddy who lives in Columbus and has gotten really into CrossFit. 

Favorite workout? Cindy or something with doubles-unders in it. 

Least Favorite workout? Bear Complex.

Biggest accomplishment here? We were doing OHS a few months ago and Tran complimented my form. In my opinion Tran has some pretty badass OLY lifting form so I was pumped about the compliment.  

Hardest thing you have learned here?  Crossfit is humbling. There will always be highs and lows, so you can't take yourself too seriously. 

Favorite nutritional tip? About a week or two into the sugar detox I was craving something sweet, so I scanned the list of allowable foods and noticed 100% cacao was good to go. The next time I went to the store I bought some. To say that it tastes like chalk would be an insult to chalk. I'm sure it serves a vital purpose in many cooking applications but it tastes horrendous by itself. So, I guess my nutrition tip is don't eat 100% cacao by itself.  

Favorite healthy recipe or meal? Chicken, broccoli, and an ice cold beer. Can't beat it.

Most helpful recovery tip?  Stretch. I eschewed stretching for my entire life until I started CrossFit. I still have a long way to go flexibility-wise but it definitely helps with recovery and the lifts.

Advice for beginners? Take fish oil, it helps a lot with the soreness. Also, you might want to spend the extra couple bucks and buy the "burp-free" fish oil capsules. I cheaped-out the first time I bought a bottle and can tell you from experience that fish oil burps are disgusting.