Member Monday: Eric Borgh

12
Mar

Member Monday: Eric Borgh

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This week we check in with one of our #badassbaldbadgerdads, Eric Borgh! — Crossfitting since: 2010 — A little about yourself: I was never super athletic growing up aside from a small soccer stint in 1st – 2nd grade. Most of my time was on computers, video games, comic books, or fixing cars. That eventually turned into a career of computer programming for the past 25 years. — How did you get into CrossFit? As a kid I was blessed with a high metabolism, weighing 125lb at the end of high school. No one tells you that doesn't last forever and by my mid-30s I was over 60lbs overweight, had been smoking for 20 years, through various physical issues, and came to the realization that I might not live past my early 40s. I quit smoking (9 years this year), started going to the gym, losing weight and doing the same old weightlifting and cardio that we grew up on. Then a trainer/friend there pointed my to constantly varied interval training which eventually led me to the CrossFit website. From there I became obsessed. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? The first time I noticed it was a few years back when I needed to quickly get to a different gate at the airport and with my carryon luggage in hand, not rolling, I ran across the airport to a different terminal and made it on time..without dying. I realized this would have likely been impossible a few years earlier. On a regular basis, just the realization that I am never limited doing so many things in life by my level of health or fitness, and that at 43 my life is pretty pain free (though I still have to be smart about not overdoing it). — What makes Badger CrossFit unique? The community and that the coaches are part of that community. I dare someone to join and within a few months NOT have people they call friends in every class they attend. That along with the coaches not only working out alongside you but ALSO being among that group of friends is pretty cool. — Advice for people just getting started: scale. scale. scale. scale. As intimidating as a lot of the videos on the internet make these workouts look, YOU CAN DO IT! Scale the weight. Scale the movement. Scale the reps. @borgh99

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