Member Spotlight: Ben Russo

When did you start CrossFit?
I began CrossFit in December of 2010

What made you want to try CrossFit?
It was introduced to me by my sister’s co-worker who was a member of Square One CrossFit at the time. I was quite skeptical since I didn’t know much about the sport, although I had heard many good things about it. I actually prolonged visiting Square One CrossFit for the “drop in” visit until grid lock traffic had finally taken its toll! My work place is literally 10 minutes away and I thought that a “drop in” workout might not seem like a bad idea. I also noticed the later drive home to be quite smooth too!… and so a hobby was born!

I thank Kristine Hatfield and Chris Devay who were welcoming and truly supportive very early on, and made sure all members did the same. I try to do the best I can to be supportive of any new face in the box because it creates a sense of belonging.

What was your first WOD?
My first WOD was floor presses and floor wipers… and plenty of them! Wow! I cannot believe the amount of conversation I had with myself! “I can’t do this!… Yes you can!… Ok, a couple more… Oh God I wanna go home! Shut up whiner! Ok, ok… Just finish the workout and run and never come back… OMG!!!” Needless to say; it all worked out and I’m still here!
What is your favourite movement (i.e. squat, clean, HSPU, etc)?

My favourite movement is… Or the one that I don’t mind is… Better yet the one that I have become content with my performance is… Wait for it… BURPEES!!! Yes that’s right folks, when you suck at technology and forget to sign in; you get burpees, lots of them and I did these over and fuckin over so much that I love them! By the way, I know how to sign in now!

Why do you STILL CrossFit?
I still CrossFit because I truly love the sport, the community and the satisfaction of killing a WOD! BOO YA!

Any advice you’d give to someone who wants to try CrossFit?
What I’d tell anybody new to the sport is to listen to the coaches. This way you can avoid injury and learn proper technique. I also mention that the only way you can injure yourself is by not listening to your body and by this I mean your pride. Yes, you may be twice as the size of the next person, but that doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to lift more. Lastly, I always say you’re only in competition in the box is yourself!