Name: Hemant Gupta
Occupation: Software Development Engineer
CrossFitting Since: June 2016
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: It was during the Hero WOD “Helton” — I was in the second round doing dumbbell squat cleans and I told Eric that I cannot complete this. He asked me “are you sure you want to quit” and then somehow I just continued. It was one of the worst feelings I ever had but after that day I knew that CrossFit is something that I want to do to push myself both physically and mentally. Now I think if I could do that then I can do anything.
Favorite WOD: Any WOD that has rounds for time or for time in general. I like to challenge myself maintaining a consistent pace and time from the first round to the last.
Favorite Lift: Clean and Jerks and of course squats.
Least Favorite WOD: Any WOD including kettlebells and running together. My back always ends up getting tight in the middle of such workouts.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: The 2017 CrossFit Open season was my favorite CrossFit Moment. It was my first time doing such a thing and looking at all the people in the gym supporting each other and cheering until the last second was one of the best things I have seen. I still remember when Lou finished his last workout in the open and everyone was as happy as he was. That is something you do not see every day.
Why You Do CrossFit: I want to be fit and active for the rest of my life. CrossFit — especially the CFBT community — motivates me to come to the gym and workout every day. I have played sports all my life so I am little competitive, too, and CrossFit inspires me to workout with — and kind of against — all these amazing people in the gym and improve myself.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Chocolate ice cream and Indian desserts.
CrossFit Secret: Scaling the workout makes you stronger, too. There are some things/weights that I know I cannot do or I should not do. I think it’s always better to scale than get injured. Also, learn from others; tips from the coaches and other people in the gym help a lot.
What You Do On Rest Days: I play Cricket in NorthWest League in the summer and learning to play piano. Besides that I love to hang out with my friends or play video games.
What You Can’t Live Without: My friends, family, the food, internet and my car.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Europe. I love small towns, different culture and old architecture and Europe has a lot of that.