Name: Fred Boyle
DOB: September 14, 1975
Occupation: Senior UX Developer at Salesforce
CrossFitting Since: I undertook this crazy (for me at the time) CrossFit adventure in October 2012. I went through CFBT’s OnRamp program and I didn’t die or hate it. Never being a gym person it surprised me but the variety, the eventual physical changes, and the great people kept me coming back. Plus it’s fun.
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Doing a complete Karen — all 150 wall balls! During OnRamp I had done half a Karen with a 10 or 12 pound ball and it was excruciating at the time. Within 6 months I was able to do 150 wall balls, with a heavier ball, in less time than it took me to do 75. I felt very good about that.
Favorite WOD: Any WOD where I can set a steady pace and keep moving. Also short sprints and handstand walks are fun for me. I’m quick in short bursts and enjoy being upside down.
Favorite Lift: Whichever one I last set a PR doing. They’re all fun in their own way — except overhead squats. Those are just torture for me.
Least Favorite WOD: Most WODs that include running. I’m not a fan and would prefer to row. The more I do the running WODs the more I improve though so I’m learning to dislike them a little less.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: I have several, but a fun one from recent memory was when I nearly reached a personal goal of deadlifting twice my bodyweight, 315 pounds. I was belted up, energized and ready, had been working up slowly in weight during the session, then I began to lift, very very slowly. Rising purposefully, fighting against gravity, until I became stuck. Try as I might I couldn’t fully stand and was so close! I couldn’t hold on any longer so I loosened my grip and I flew back as if electrocuted by a taser while the bar dropped and went the opposite direction. All present got a good laugh, including myself after viewing the video that was captured.
Why You Do CrossFit: To improve myself, be active, stay healthy, and have fun in the process. It’s great to see myself evolve, realize what I can now do that I once couldn’t. There’s always something to learn, improve on, and new goals to set – the journey is never over. Being around friendly and encouraging people also helps me to improve and keep coming back for more. The great folks that make up CFBT make me feel incredibly welcomed. Whether I finish a WOD minutes after everyone else or not, I walk away feeling that each completed WOD is an accomplishment. My fellow athletes at CFBT make sure that this feeling is there at the end of each workout.
Favorite Cheat Meal: I’d say chocolate but it’s not a cheat meal if I have some two or more times a week, in moderation. A good juicy burger is so satisfying, accompanied by sweet potato/yam fries. So delicious! Also a good Thai meal of rice and curries or phad thai makes my tummy happy.
CrossFit Secret: Listen to your body — it’s a bit noisy and argumentative at times, but learning when you can push a little more will make that sense of accomplishment feel even greater. Work with your coaches to learn which approach to a movement is best for you – wider stance, narrower grip, different visual aid, etc.
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Depends on what is on the schedule and happening in my life. Best are lazy days in bed, getting things done around the house, and fun with my family. At other times we set off on an adventure to try something new. These days though we mostly spend time settling in to our new house, unpacking, and slowly making it our own special castle.
What Can’t You Live Without: My family; they’re a big part of my life. They support and encourage me to keep doing CrossFit so I can stay strong and healthy for a long long time. Also chocolate, I enjoy it too much.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere I haven’t been yet. A vacation is meant to discover new things, escape your daily life, see the world from a new perspective. Traveling and discovering with my little family makes for awesome vacations. If you don’t need a vacation to recover from the vacation you just took, did you do it correctly?