May Athlete Focus: Wayne C.
“Wayne is one of the best guys I know, I admire his consistency and drive, as well as his laid back approach. Just because he can’t do something yet doesn’t stop him from trying to improve! He has come a long way in the time that I’ve known him, becoming more mobile each week! He also always entertains my dumb police questions haha”
– Coach Jake
Member since: June 22nd 2017
Tell us about you! Job, hobbies, aspirations, etc 🙂
I currently work as a police officer for the town of Plainville. I’ve been here for 21 years & I work the midnight shift. Prior to this I worked on an oil tanker in Europe & The Middle East and also on tugboats that ran up and down the east coast from Maine to the Carolina’s and also Puerto Rico.
My hobbies include playing the guitar, which I’m not very good at but that doesn’t stop me from playing! Just turn the amp up louder! I enjoy sports both playing and watching. I belong to a men’s summer softball league. I enjoy going to concerts and the theater. Always looking for a good restaurant and a good craft beer brewery. Enjoy going to the beach as well. And visits to the University of Alabama to see my daughter & catch some football games.
Aspirations are to finish my career in law enforcement and do some traveling, learn a new language or two and spend some quality time with my daughters.
What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?
I suppose the main reason that I wanted to join a CrossFit gym was to challenge myself a little more than what I had been getting at the previous gym I was at. I was working out at traditional gyms for over 40 years and felt that my workouts had become stagnant. After meeting you and Amanda and going through the On Ramp course I realized that I really wanted to do CrossFit and I was excited to be doing it at Torque!
What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??
The thing that keeps me coming back to Torque is the uniqueness of the workouts. I love the HIIT aspect of the workouts which is something that was completely new to me. Burpees, box jumps, rope climbs and jumping rope were things that I had NEVER done before. The WODS are far from boring and I like that.
What is your favorite thing about working out at Torque?
The thing I like most about Torque I guess is twofold. As I mentioned earlier I love the challenge of the workouts. I like the fact that just about every workout takes me out of my comfort zone and really challenges me. The second part would be the people both coaches and athletes. The coaches are very knowledgeable and are always willing to help me with any issues I might have whether it be movements or mobility. I’ve learned a lot of how to help my body when it comes to mobility, aches and pains. I’ve made numerous friends and I have really enjoyed getting to know the Torque community. CrossFitters are a unique breed and I suppose the common bond that we share of putting ourselves through these arduous workouts makes that bond a little easier. I do not consider myself a CrossFitter as there are so many incredible athletes at Torque but I can say that I do CrossFit. Make sense? lol
What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
My proudest accomplishment would be the fact that I think I can hold my own when it comes to doing the workouts. I realize there are a lot of movements that I’m just not capable of doing but that doesn’t stop from working out. I enjoy the flexibility of being able to do a different movement if I can’t do the one we’re doing in the WOD.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge would be…there are a few! Still trying to work on my dubs, burpees and a lot of the overhead movements with the bar. With the mobility training that I’ve been given so far I think I’ve made some progress but I realize there is a long way to go.
What is your favorite CF movement to do?
Favorite CF movement would involve kettle bells. I never used them prior to joining Torque and I like the challenge they present. I like the rope climbs and the basic bar exercises too. Bench press, deadlifts, clean and jerks.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?
The biggest piece of advice I could give someone would be don’t be intimidated! The workouts can appear to be a little overwhelming if you’re not use to them but everything is doable.
I hope that wasn’t too lengthy. I also want to mention the credit that you coaches should receive. From Amanda to every coach at Torque your help and advice has made so much difference in my workouts and mobility and I’m pretty sure I can speak on behalf of some of the other athletes at Torque. Doing the exercises correctly and not just trying to lift heavy weights makes a huge difference. Keep up the good work!