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August Member Of The Month

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We are proud to announce Darnell as our August Member Of the month! Congratulations Darnell!

You may have seen him in the morning classes busting his butt, or in the afternoon classes  running with his son during the warm up.  Read on to learn about about Darnell, his real life struggles,  and how he turned them around, all while setting a great example for his son.

*How long have you been a member and how long
have you been doing CrossFit?*

I started CrossFit when I became a member at Boomtown.  I believe that was in February.  So approximately 6 months now.

*What is your favorite thing about the gym?*

There’s a lot I like about Boomtown.  My favorite things would have to be the programs designed for us and the whole vibe the coaches and members bring.  It’s incredibly positive and motivating.

*What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?*

My biggest challenge has definitely been learning patience.  There’s so much I want to be able to do, and definitely times where I feel that I can’t keep up.  But since joining I’ve learned to stay positive and keep at it, not to try to rush my progress or keep up with the gentlemen or ladies next to me.

*What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?*

My favorite moment at the gym has got to be this particular day we were doing overhead holds with the barbell.  I brought my son Tyberius this day and I remember looking at him after I had just finished accumulating my 2 minutes.  I saw him through the window to the play room and he was doing push presses with a kid’s barbell and loving it.  Lol.  That was awesome!  At that moment, I really felt like I was setting a great example for him.

*What’s your favorite “cheat” food? *

Has to be a tie between pizza and ice cream.  I’ve got a problem.

*What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?*

Spending father/son time with my son.  Whether we’re having water gun fights, reading comic books together or play fighting.  And reading.  Usually non-fiction but I am a huge James Patterson fan.
*What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?*

I would say, “You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.  Boomtown has great, friendly and knowledgeable coaches and awesome members.  The atmosphere is fantastic and there’s no pressure.  You’ll only be pushed to do YOUR best, not someone else’s.”

*What drives you?*

That feeling of accomplishment after completing a difficult task.  Specific to fitness, I just love feeling physically capable to do almost anything.  I spent roughly 13 years struggling with drugs and alcohol, in and out of rehab and cop cars; watching my life fall apart before my eyes.  During that time my body was frail and wasting away.  Little things like running up a flight of stairs left me winded.  A year ago I couldn’t do 3 pull-ups.  I felt incredibly weak and incapable.  I never want to feel that way again.  Plus, I want to set a positive example for my son, Ty.  I want to show him that you can reach any goal you can set.  When I was at my lowest that boy still looked up to me like I was a superhero.  So I want to be the superhero he always thought I was by staying positive and giving everything I’ve got to reach my goals.

*What is you biggest fitness goal right now?

My biggest fitness goals right now are to be able to do 20 straight pistol squats on each leg, 5 pull-ups with 90 lbs of weight added, and 5 strict one-arm pushups.