Member of the Month - Will Nikula!

Will N.

Will N.

What was your fitness background before you started at CFCL, and what made you decide to try CrossFit?

I was a volleyball player, but I played a a little of pretty much anything BSSC offers for sports as well.  Work out wise I was your typical on again off again gym goer with 3-4 months of working out a lot mixed in with months of not going at all, and would run in the summer.  Jen and I decided to try CrossFit at the suggestion of mutual friends who were married and did it together, and we were looking to get in shape for our wedding.  It was something we could do together, and were hooked immediately.

What goals are you working on right now?

Tackling new skills.  I've been doing Crossfit for many years, but I'm still chipping away getting firsts on harder movements, like rope climbs in work outs is newer, my first (and then multiple) strict 1 ab mat HSPU this week, and first ever bar muscle up during the opens.  Next is no ab mat strict HSPU, bar muscle up in a WOD not just a skill.  

Also trying to get back to 5 days a week of working out by starting to go for runs more often, try to run 5k around my house once or twice a week in addition to 3 CrossFit classes.  I can tell the extra volume helps and with kids 30 minute run is easier to squeeze in than finding a way to get to the gym more days.

What's your favorite CrossFit benchmark workout and why? 

If 500m row counts, then that.  Grip it and rip it for just under 90 seconds and then collapse on floor.  Somewhat similar favorite girl WOD is Grace, I've done it a ton of times over time and between getting in better shape constantly getting new PR's on time while increasing weight to sub 3 minutes Rx.  Another short but very intense workout for me.

If you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be? 

BLT, because bacon of course, and bacon isn't just making another sandwich better, it's the star of the sandwich.

If you could get rid of one pet peeve of yours, what would it be?

Bad drivers.  A lot of traffic and accidents stem from bad drivers.

What's the scariest thing you've ever done for fun? 

Falls more into "dangerous" than "thrill seeking" scary, but probably attending soccer matches in bad parts of town in Argentina and Brazil.  They lock you in the stadium while the away fans who were in a separate area have time to leave the area, and there are riot police everywhere, just for a regular season game.