Member Spotlight: Brett Rogers

When did you first start CrossFit?
My first day of OnRamp was November 3rd, 2014.  I had started, and stopped different exercise regimens countless times, so I researched, the good, the bad, and

the ugly of CrossFit. I just really liked the “Theory” behind it – Functionally Fit.  While I don’t mind the idea of being ripped and strong, I think CrossFit simply prepares you incredibly well for carrying groceries, walking up the stairs, or passing the salt.  That was the lion’s share of the allure.

What went through your head when you started?
The On Ramp was incredible.  I really like that about CrossFit, but at the time, I really wasn’t aware that all of the boxes do that.  Also, I remember looking up at the leaderboards and seeing these (at the time) faceless names, like Adam, Ben, Shannon, etc, and thinking, I really want to be part of that conversation.  I really want to get up there.

What’s your favourite thing about CrossFit?
I really like the combination of Support and competition.  I heard the term Co-opetition, and it’s something that sticks with me.  I love the push you get from the stronger athletes. I love how you can hear some of the best chirp game, and most support from the same person (Kristine and Charly are both champs at that), in the same breath.  Ultimately it’s the community – it’s wild how connected you end up feeling to people you’ve never even met.  I was in Bahamas, wearing my FMCF shirt.  A guy from Chicago came up to me and was asking me about “My Box”.  My group ended up hanging out with him and his family a couple of times on the trip.  Find me another logo that can instill that same instant comradery.

Why do you keep coming back to FMCF?
See number 3 for the most part.  But exponentially more pronounced. The group of people that are here are incredible.  There is a diversity that invokes an even stronger feeling of community, and ACCOUNTIBILITY.  I really love the chirp I get, when I miss classes,  miss lifts, or if for a second I think I can lift more than Adam.  Further, now that I have over a year under my belt, I love seeing the progress that people newer than me have made, and those that have been around longer, learning where they came from.  Accountability is huge.  I love the style of workout that CrossFit is, but I can’t imagine having a garage box.  Never getting to chase Camilo on a run (which btw, I’m now faster than him), Luis’ snatch, Ben’s everything, or EVERYONE’s bench press, just wouldn’t be nearly as effective.

If you could design your own WOD what would it be?
I recently did my first partner WOD and loved it.  I would be happy if all WODs were partner WODS.  I think it has to do with the accountability aspect again.  So take a partner WOD, and work in Clean and Jerk, Some sort of squat, a handstand hold, Airdyne, and I’ve recently found my RX’d Pistols, so throw those in there too.  But I’m no coach, so have at it guys…

The Zombie Apocalypse has taken over, who’s the ONE CrossFitter you’d want to survive with?
ONE CrossFitter?  That’s not fair.  Well, here goes.

Putting population regeneration aside…I’d have to say Mat Fraser.  He’s never won, but come in 2nd a couple of times, so he’s still hungry, and likely shy on Ego.  He did well at Murph, so he’s got the lungs to run with a weighted vest (I’d be the vest).  He’s strong as shit, and I see a humility in him that I like, so I could likely hang out with the guy too.

If not Mat Fraser, then Camilo.  I can run faster than him.

Any advice for someone new to CrossFit?

Three pieces of advice:

  1. Manage your ego.  Scale when you need to scale.  Ask questions, and don’t assume anything.  I have yet to hear anyone ask a stupid question.  You can’t get better if you’re hurt.  Also, celebrate your little victories whenever they happen, maybe it’s a PR, or a Rx’d WOD.  You’ve progressed, and that’s the whole point!  And participate in the Open.
  2. LOG YOUR WORKOUTS.  I may not be able to provide you with the proper cues, or techniques, but what I can tell you, without question, is that you can’t tell where you’re going, without knowing where you’ve been.  Log your workouts, and watch your progress.  It is one of, if not the, strongest motivators.
  3. No matter what the workout, look at the time domain, or minutes in the AMRAP, and remind yourself “You can do ANYTHING for X minutes”.  Your only true limiting muscle is your brain.  Ignore it and kill that workout, by whatever definition “killing it” is to you.