I am excited to share this guy’s story because Brandon is somebody I can look at and see much of myself in. At 23 years old, it would be hard to say that I had it all figured out because I know I hadn’t really figured out much at that point. I did know what I was passionate about and I did know that I was good at teaching my passion to others.
When I think about a guy like Brandon who is coming into his own…I see him maturing and gaining a sense of what is next for his life. I know he is hungry and motivated. He wakes up with excitement to choose the day and make it his own!
He sees the possibilities and starts chasing them down without fear. The idea of not being able to do it is nonexistent.
He doesn’t always finish better than everybody else, but as all true competitors do, he uses that as motivation to catch up to the level of a better athlete.
I look forward to seeing him compete. There is a strong chance this young man could be in the CrossFit Games this year. Let’s see what happens!
I started CrossFitting August 27th of 2012 at the Trigger Point location and moved to Big Mike’s 5:30am class when the downtown location opened up. I chose Mike as a coach because I’d heard real good things from the other coaches about him and wanted to continue working out in the early morning.
Physically, my strength gains have gone through the roof since I started training with Mike. I feel like I’ve PR’d on a weekly basis. The technical aspect of lifting was something I overlooked before I started CrossFitting, but since training at Central I have learned that perfecting the fundamentals is key in order to perform at a higher level. Every morning I try to take something away from class. I think mentally though I have seen tremendous progress because it was an area I did not give much attention with regards to working out. I never thought about the workload, time cap, or movements. I’m learning to be smart about my WODs and to approach each WOD with a game plan, knowing my limits and lifting with a progression. I had a tendency to go 100% from the get–go. My pace was no different whether was a two minute WOD or 20 minute WOD. Coaching from Big Mike has been extremely helpful in fixing that.
CrossFit has made me question myself physically and mentally. I want to know how far I can push myself and know there’s always room for improvement. CrossFit brings out weaknesses I never thought I had. Through the coaches, I’m learning new ways to strengthen those weaker points, both physical and mental.
I moved to Austin in May of 2012 after getting out of the Marine Corps to attend school. I didn’t know anyone coming to Austin, but CrossFit Central has been a community of awesome people that I can relate to physically, mentally and spiritually, which has changed my life in a very positive way.
15/12/9 dual KB shoulder to overhead @ 26kg
Farmers carry 165lb each arm 80/100/120ft
Brandon finished 1st place with a time of 1:46
Besides my family I think the biggest thing that motivates me is the fact that I’m never satisfied with where I am at, I strive to be better everyday. The pain and discomfort of a WOD only lasts a few minutes but the satisfaction of putting 100% effort, pushing beyond what I thought myself capable is well worth it.
When I found CrossFit I was 22 years old, 208 pounds, my energy level was definitely lower before starting CrossFit and my food consumption was just about anything and everything. I still eat a lot but I try to be smart about what it is now. My latest body comp results put me at 214 pounds and 7.5% body fat.
My goal is to eventually compete with the best at the CrossFit Games. My first competition was the RWB competition [We The People] back in September. I’ve also done a few CrossFit Classics, and just this month competed in The Fittest Games. I’ve had a competitive nature my whole life, but what I love about competing is the energy. It’s a rush and definitely an awesome learning experience. Competition highlights weak points that I may never seen in daily training because of the intensity and volume competing take out of me.