Name: Scott McDonald
CrossFitting Since: 2009
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: The beginning of the crossfit journey – Learning how to do CrossFit the right way because it led to a total life transformation for me. I observed a very good friend of mine in Singapore go from average fit to what seemed like crazy fit in a matter of a few months. He told me about this website called www.CrossFit.com, how to download the free exercise demo videos, and the free workouts. Mostly he was just excited because it was FREE. So I decided to join him. It was absolutely the wrong way to start CrossFit! We sucked, and probably should have hurt ourselves pretty badly! On top of that, we dropped the weights on the wood floors which made the place very unhappy with us. We really looked like a couple of idiots in there. By some stroke of luck, common sense prevailed. My friend’s old trainer, who had left the very same gym for the exact same offense, had rented some space and equipment from the Singapore Weightlifting Federation to start the very first CrossFit gym in Singapore. I called him up and signed up for an intro session. I was one of his first members. I nearly died the first day just learning air squats. However, I knew then and there this was something really different. Upon moving back to the United States a few years later I was so lucky to find CrossFit Belltown. I walked in one day to meet Eric fighting off some of the street people at the old location. He had brass knuckles on the desk and he made a point of telling me. I did not initially know what to make of that. I discovered later that he is really a very low key guyOn top of that the gym that seemed more like an artists studio. It took a while for me to really commit to crossfit at Belltown but when I did life really changed. The last two years have been the most incredible for me. It is when I discovered how amazing the programming and coaching is at Belltown and that yes programming does matter and I discovered all the amazingly talented and genuine people that work and coach at Belltown. It really has become my home away from home!
Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk
Least Favorite WOD: Filthy Fifty – It is just too much of everything. It really hurts and never seems to end!
Favorite CrossFit Moment: Starting to actually be able to do handstand pushups. I never thought that would happen.
Why You Do CrossFit: Well of course, I do it for the challenge. But most of all for the awesome like minded people I have met, and get to hang around with.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Pepperoni pizza and movie theatre popcorn with tons of butter and salt.
CrossFit Secret: It pretty much makes my day if I beat all you youngsters in your 20s and 30s in any WOD or lift.
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Hang out with my kids, my family and my friends, eat food I like, and do anything in the great outdoors.
What Can’t You Live Without: My three amazing sons Spencer, Connor and Cole.
Favorite Vacation Spot: I love the European Alps. There is so much to do (mostly though, anywhere with good company and my boys).