Featured Athlete: Adam Howland

What got you into CrossFit, and how long have you been doing it?

I started a little over a year ago, August 2015 to be exact, when a couple of friends of mine who also had started doing Crossfit had been harping on me to give it a try. I eventually ran out of excuses for why I couldn’t spare an hour of my time and went in for a class. Let’s just say I drank the Kool-Aid and I am loving it.

What was your first workout?

Pretty sure it was Nancy. Why in the world would you want to run collectively for one and a quarter miles and put up 75 OHS. You always remember the first time you learned what it truly meant to have “Jelly Legs”.

Any favorite movements? least favorite?

It is constantly changing. My favorites were always leg movements like squats but it is changing to become Clean & Jerk. Least favorite is definitely Pull-ups. Gravity and me have not been the best companions over the years.

How has CFT impacted your life (any mental/physical changes?)

Aside from the overall increase in physical fitness, it has made me much more likely to want to spend the day out and about and not sitting on the couch or being lazy in bed. Who wants to spend their days not moving when you can instead go do something like hike a mountain or ride a bike. 

What has been your favorite moment at CFT, so far?

When Christian helped me get my first rope climb. I had never climbed a rope successfully before, partly because I had only tried a few times, and the other part because I had never had someone show me how to use my legs. I am not a master at rope climbs by any means. But I can go up and down in WODs without the need to scale.

Where are you from? What do you do in your time off?

Originally from Ohio, but I don’t tell people that because I like to try and make a good impression on people ;-).   I have lived in the East Valley for the last 20 years though and have no plans to relocate.

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever done?

I would probably have to say raising my son. I mean I used to accidentally break toys all the time growing up. With him there is no warranty policy.

What’s the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done?

Volunteered for the Christmas Angel program and helped put together gift bags and baskets for “Forgotten Angels”.

Name one thing that scares you, and why.

Adam Sandler’s popularity. For someone who is remarkably unfunny and plays every character exactly the same way, he has such a huge following of fans. It makes me sad inside.