Hi Brian, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.
My wife, Jen, and I live out in Frenchtown. My wife and I moved out west in 2012, at which point we bounced around a bit, trying to find a place where we both could work, until 2014 when we moved into Frenchtown. My wife is the dentist at Frenchtown Dental, and I work on the south-end of town for an engineering firm – HDR. At HDR I’m a professional civil engineer who generally works with bridges – their design, rehab and inspection – think Dilbert but with less cats.
I took a look at HDR’s website and it looks like they are everywhere! With over 225 locations worldwide do you ever get tempted to move and try working from another office location?
When I accepted my position with HDR I was living in Cleveland, and the new job was a way to fulfill a goal to move to a place more accessible to the outdoors and into the mountains. Before the move I had only passed through Missoula, but now it’s always tough to leave. So while I have traveled for work to various locations, and it’s fun seeing new places, I always look forward to the flight home.
How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
I lived in Cleveland before moving to Missoula, where I had a couple friends trying to get me to try Crossfit out. While I was there I never did, but when I moved to Missoula in 2012 I gave it a try, and have been participating every week since.
Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2016?
There are a number of movements that I either don’t have (muscle ups, handstand walk) or could be improved (double-unders, butterfly pull-ups, Olympic lifts). I can’t say that I have a goal for this year, but it’s always nice to see a positive progression whether it be more weight, better mechanics or increased mobility in the movement. That being said I’ve had the idea, for a bit, that it’d be sweet to snatch my body weight.
What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?
I enjoy running – nothing serious, but hitting the road or trails is definitely a plus for me. I also enjoying hiking with my wife, and getting out camping when possible.
What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?
I would probably say ‘competiveness’ keeps me moving, whether it’s the person ahead of me, or knowing that I can beat my previous time.
If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?
I’ve always enjoyed doing Blake
100 Walking Lunge with 45# PL OH
30 Box Jumps at 24”
20 WBS @20#