Member Monday: Mark West

26
Feb

Member Monday: Mark West

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This week we check in with one of our 5:30pm members, Mark West! — Crossfitting since: 2013 — A little about yourself: I am 56, separated. I have 2 adult children, my daughter is 21 ( that’s scary) and lives in Madison attending MATC.  My son is 19 and attends UW Milwaukee, my alma mater, where he is enrolled in pre-med classes to be a Psychiatrist.  I was born and raised in Waukesha, graduating from Waukesha North Highschool in 1980.  I ended up enlisting in the Navy at 19 when a friend of mine said, "hey, how about we join the Navy?" Fast forward a few decades, after being discharged from the Navy, honorably😉, earning a BSEE from UWM, marriage, 2 kids, we got a chance to move overseas for work. Brussels, then Shanghai, then Bratislava. Being overseas was awesome, I loved it, my wife and kids loved it, and we all are infected with wanderlust as a result. — How did you get into CrossFit? I was a cross country runner in high school. When I went in to the Navy I start doing a little weightlifting along with my usual running. I was on a ballistic missile submarine while in the navy, we had a bench and a bunch of free weights in the missile compartment(missile house) lower level.  It is weird to think back about lifting between thermonuclear weapons.  Anyway, dropping the weights was definitely discouraged as the sonar shack would call down to warn us when we were careless in setting the weights down. Back to the question, as mentioned, running was always my main activity.  At some point in 2000 my wife decided to join a spinning class, I followed her there about a year later and got hooked instantly on spinning and road biking. Then in 2012 my wife's friend started Crossfit 100 in Whitefish Bay and my wife joined that.  I followed her about 6 months later and was hooked instantly on Crossfit. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? The idea that you really shouldn't evaluate your own abilities based on what other people can do, just focus on what you are doing and make sure you are putting your all in to it. — What makes Badger CrossFit unique? The coaches at Badger are outstanding. @markpwest

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