Congratulations to our February member of the month, Ben Palmer! We asked Ben a little bit about his experience at CFBT – this is what he shared
Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A: I started at Boomtown in January 2016 after about 2 years of convincing from my girlfriend who has been at Boomtown for 5+ years. My biggest obstacle for joining was the cost, but once I started I was hooked and the benefits here at Boomtown more than justify the cost.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?
A: I have 2 favorite things about the gym, first and foremost is the programming and coaches. Matt takes the time to put together thoughtful strength training and conditioning that produces actual results, not just throw together some CrossFit movements and call it a “WOD”. In addition to the programming, the coaches at Boomtown really know the how and why of the exercises we do and make sure we are moving well to maximize our results while reducing our risk of injury. The second is the community. CrossFit in general is a community, and Boomtown’s community is second to none. The coaches and members care about your personal success, in and out of the gym, and they’re always there to encourage you to do and be your best self.
Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?
A: I can’t think of any major challenges I’ve overcome.
Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: A favorite moment is tough, there have been a lot of them. Any time the community comes together for a hero workout, a charity workout, a wedding or baby WOD, you are sure to be exhausted by the end of it but you’ll have a sense of accomplishment when it’s over and you’ll feel closer to those who sweat along side you. Plus there are bound to be plenty of laughs and high fives going on throughout.
Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
A: The beauty of counting macros, whether you’re strict about it or just use it as a guide like I do, is that you don’t have to “cheat” to eat the things you like. You can adjust your day or week to make room for the less healthy options that taste oh so good. That being said, pizza and ice cream are pretty high on the list. Homemade pizza on Flatout pizza crusts and Yasso frozen yogurt bars are a pretty good compromise without killing my day.
Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?
A: I enjoy getting outside. I play softball and golf in the summer, and I like to hike and kayak.
Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
A: If you’re thinking about giving CrossFit a try, do it. It’s not $10 a month or $100 for the year like you’ll find at some other gyms, and that’s kind of the point. I’ve been a member at regular gyms where I did my own “programming” which meant I grabbed some crap from the internet and started doing it. It lasted a couple months then I stopped going. I didn’t have anyone holding me accountable, I didn’t have anyone making sure I was doing it right, and I certainly didn’t have a knowledgeable person putting time and effort into a training regiment that would get me where I wanted to be. CrossFit is a financial commitment, but you’re worth it.
Q: What drives you?
A: I’m a bit of a competitive person, so when I see others improving at the gym it motivates me to improve as well. I have no delusions of being the fittest, fastest or strongest person at the gym, but I like the idea of being fitter, faster and stronger than I was yesterday.
Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?
A: It’s a rare day that I actually beat any of the coaches, and if I do it’s usually because they’re not at 100%. Just being in the conversation is nice once in a while. That being said, the CrossFit Open is coming up soon and anything could happen.
Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
A: I never had any hard and fast fitness goals when I started at the gym. I wanted to lose some weight, I wanted to put on some muscle and I wanted to improve my conditioning. Currently my “goals” are maintaining consistency in attendance, consistency with my nutrition, and good form with my movements to continue to build strength and avoid injury.