Some new athletes walk in the door with a strong background in sports or other fitness activities, and yet they quickly realize how different (and awesome) CrossFit is when compared to other fitness regimens. Today we want to shine the Athlete Spotlight on Drew Reiss – a great example of a fit guy who recently jumped in to CrossFit with both feet (even taking 2nd place at his first CF Competition in April!) because he wants to be even more fit!
When did you first start CrossFit and how were you introduced to it?
I started CrossFit in late January of this year. After hearing my best friend Kate rave about CrossFit for 3 months I final decided to humor her and go to an intro session. During that intro session I realized how unbalanced I was when it came to my overall fitness. I have been hooked ever since.
What do you do to pay the bills?
I currently work part-time at an internship doing software development as well as TA for the University of Illinois.
What was your fitness background before becoming a CrossFitter?
Before Crossfit, I was your typical meathead living in the basement of the ARC. I followed a bodybuilding routine of shameful isolation movements – though I always have strived for more of a fitness model physique. Since starting CrossFit I have never looked back.
What is your favorite part of being an athlete at CrossFit CU?
Without a doubt, the community – in just 3 months I feel like CrossFit CU is my second home. Everyone is so encouraging and friendly.
You’ve got two sentences to tell someone in an elevator what CrossFit has done for you. What do you say?
In addition to the community, and the obvious fitness benefits, CrossFit has made a huge difference in my schoolwork. The mental toughness I have gained from CrossFit can easily be translated from pushing through thrusters unbroken to staying focused and resisting distractions. This semester I’m hoping to receive my highest semester GPA in the past 3 years at the University.
If you could walk into the gym tomorrow and be able to do one thing that you currently struggle with, what would it be?
CTB butterfly pullups
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Ring muscle up
What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Wall Balls! Working on making them my new favorite though!
What’s your favorite Paleo-friendly food?
What is your favorite cheat food?
Frozen yogurt where you can put on your own toppings.
Which CFCU athlete(s) do you admire most, and why?
Three come to mind:
All of the older (but still young!) athletes: especially those with kids that are continuing to dedicate themselves to a healthy lifestyle despite all the stresses of work, life, etc. It’s easy to be fit in your early 20s. Staying fit after that takes much more effort and mental toughness.
Brandon Lovett: He is one of the best CrossFitters I have met, yet you would never know it since he is so modest about it. Brandon provides the perfect balance between focus and fun, which contributes to CrossFitCU’s work hard play hard atmosphere. Always wanting an older brother, Brandon is the closest I have ever come.
Kate Pond: I have seen Kate’s commitment and dedication in so many aspects of her life and it’s no surprise she approaches CrossFit with the same effort. Competitive by nature, and mentally tough by choice I have never seen anyone with her work ethic. When she decides she wants something she works for it for as long as it takes until she gets it. We always have this constant friendly (mostly – haha) competition between us that pushes me to a level I could never reach on my own.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would want the ability to not need to sleep. Sleeping takes up so much time and life’s too short as it is!
It’s Saturday night in CU and you’ve got a pocketful of cash. What would you do?
I have a really close circle of friends (Andrew, Nate, and James) and every time the 4 of us get together we are guaranteed to have a good time.