Member Monday: Ross Hartwick

22
Oct

Member Monday: Ross Hartwick

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This week we check in with a 4:30pm regular, Ross Hartwick–that shirtless guy that some people jokingly call RossFit. — Crossfitting since: July 2012. — A little about yourself: I am an Environmental Geologist and avid outdoorsman/adventurer and biggest advocate for eliminating chest prisons(shirts). I used to run track and cross country back in high school. I also have far too many hobbies: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, you name it I probably do it or would like to try it! — How did you get into CrossFit? A former member Lisa Vanderbloomer recommended CrossFit so I showed up for a free workout on a Saturday in a world of hurt after consuming too many age appropriate beverages the night before as a 23 year old often does. I was beaten down by the workout and left sober knowing that CrossFit was something I wanted to do. So I signed up thinking that I was a decent enough athlete and was promptly crushed score wise by people twice my age. It was a truly humbling experience and I keep coming back for more. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? Other than physically being stronger and putting on 60lbs of lean muscle I'm mentally stronger and more driven. My confidence in myself and my abilities has increased dramatically and tasks that were once physically and mentally taxing aren't such a big deal anymore. — What makes Badger CrossFit unique? BCF is what it is first and foremost because of the community both coaches and members alike. Drop in on some gyms across sometime and you'll see how good we've got it at Badger. — Advice for people just getting started: Embrace the suck! If you keep grinding eventually you will suck less. But if you really want to improve you need to work on your weaknesses outside of class and take personal responsibility for your fitness. Also, introduce yourself to people and don't be embarrassed if you're bad with names like I am. CrossFitters are higher caliber humans than most of the population and worth getting to know. : : : #membermonday #monday #motivation #progress #fitness #community #results #badgercrossfit #badgerbuilt #crossfit #inspiration #hardwork #fitfam #wauwatosa #wisconsin

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