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Athlete of the Month

ROBERT COLLIER

 

Robert Collier is our next Athlete of the Month!!  Robert is a very special person with a very strong work ethic and heart of gold!  Robert is the man that is always encouraging and helping others inside and out of the gym.  You can always count on Robert to be there when you need him with words of wisdom or a shoulder to lean on.  He is also always there to help the gym out with improvements and ideas.  Robert always works as hard as he can on the WODS by pacing himself and pushing to improve his skills as he nurses injuries.  Have you ever heard him complain about anything? Us either!  We are blessed beyond belief to have this guy, everyone's Buddy, in our family!

 

Interview with Robert Collier

Who are you outside of CF4E?

My priorities are: 1a God, 1b Family, and 1c others. Everything else is a 2 or more, and falls in line after #1. At work I have the awesome honor of serving our nation's Veterans at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

What is your fitness background?

Phyllis and I have both enjoyed sports and fitness since before we met (in high school!). Not working out regularly has never been a consideration. It is our normal.

 

When and why did you start CrossFit?

Around 7 1/2 years ago a friend from Raleigh told me about it on several occasions. He was incredibly excited about Crossfit. He couldn't tell me enough! Phyllis started looking into it, and signed ME up! She watched for only a short while, then had to do it also! Crossfit is, by far, the best fitness regimen we have ever been involved in, and we have tried literally EVERYTHING.

 

Favorite WOD or skill?

That's just it. It is no one thing. It is not bodybuilding. Is is not just running. It is not just agility, flexibility, or endurance. It's the whole package. Total body physical fitness. Fitness for life. I should also say my favorite thing is everyone else. What an awesome group! You inspire me to look forward so much to the next WOD, to keep striving, working, and improving!

 

Least favorite?

That's just it, again! There is no least favorite. I never "cherry pick" a WOD. If there is something I'm not good at (and I have plenty of goats!), it gives me another goal to work toward. I'll never forget the first muscle up! I made a lap around the gym, high-fiving everyone! There is always a goal, something to improve on, get better at, stronger at, PR, etc.

 

If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

100 pull-ups

100 push-ups

100 sit-ups

50 wall balls

10 rope climbs

Let's roll with that!

 

 

Favorite cheat meal?

Pizza! Hot. Cold. Stale. Moldy. Whatever. I never met a pizza pie I didn't like!

 

Most memorable or funniest memory?

I love the competitions. Whether participating or just watching, it is incredible fun to travel with friends, and to do a competition! If you haven't tried it, you have missed out on a LOT of fun! Just being there is so inspiring, to see such great athletes, giving their all.

 

Advise for newbies?

Enjoy the journey. ANYONE can do Crossfit. I had been going to a "globo gym" for a number of years prior to CF, and thought I was in reasonable shape, but bored out of my mind. I was in for a VERY rude awakening. It took a good while to finish my first WOD "Rx". Just keep coming, and you will not believe the results. I love the rear view, looking back to see what my prior time was on a named WOD, for instance. I had to use bands for pull-ups when we started. I was amazed when we did a WOD that included 180 pull-ups one day. It was a challenge, but finishing all 180...now that's a blast! Crossfit is the bomb!

 

Anything else that makes you unique?

Well, I'm a carpenter. I suppose that's a bit unique. But, aside from usual pursuits, I consider myself an outdoorsman. Anything outdoors, with friends...count me in. Backpacking, hunting, fishing, water-skiing, golf...anything that puts me outside, in God's great creation, and sharing those times with others...now that's a good day. One reason I like Crossfit so much is it helps me enjoy these things so much more. I'll be trekking the Rocky Mountains in October with a backpack and a rifle, hoping to hook up with the majestic "wapiti" (or elk). Crossfit will allow me to truly enjoy the experience!

 

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