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So Long Strong

To My Strong Fam-Uh-Lee,

Today was my last day at Strong.  Next Friday Ill be on my way to a new adventure and life in Bozeman, MT.  I cant tell you all how much this place has meant to me.  Ive gained numerous friendships and pushed myself both mentally and physically further than I ever thought possible.  Though I was only a member for a year I consider it my Cheers.  Where quite a few people know my name but not everyone. 

Given that its my last day I thought itd be fun to answer the questions given to the Athlete of the Month.  This way, I can answer honestly and not care if you judge, because Ill be gone next week.  So judge away friends.

Stay Strong and Run Fast.

How long have you been CrossFitting?

One year.


What is your occupation?

Business Development for an outdoor retailer in Bozeman, MT. 


Where are you from?

With the exception of a brief stint in London, I’ve lived in the DFW metroplex my whole life.


How did you hear about CrossFit Strong?

Like a lot of the stories in my life, it all started with a girl.  I had grown tired of going to the gym day in and day out and not getting the results I wanted.  Then one day, after hearing another one of my rants, a cute girl at work suggested I try CrossFit.  Wanting to impress her, I did a quick Google search for local boxes and went into CrossFit Strong that very next day. 


How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of CFS?

Like many of the fam-uh-lee’s testimonials, the change has been phenomenal. I never thought I’d be physically or mentally capable of achieving half the stuff I do in the daily WODs.  I’ve gained a fair amount of muscle, which was always tough for me, and learned to push myself beyond my limits.


What is your favorite move?

I don’t consider myself very good at them, but I love clean and jerks.


What is your least favorite move?

GHD sit-ups hands down.  I hate those things. I’d rather stick a needle in my eye than do another GHD sit-up. 


What has been your favorite WOD so far?

It’s a tie between the 12 Days of Christmas and Quiet Misery.  Those two are purely mental games.


What has been your least favorite WOD?

7/16/12 was pretty sucky.  Grace with 30 GHD sit-ups on top. 


What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year?

Two of my primary goals are to get a muscle-up and to learn how to do butterfly pull-ups.  I’d also like to get more profile views than Malachi and Mike.  But I’ve probably got a better chance of beating Jeremy in the snatch ladder.   


How do you see CrossFit as different from other programs?

At the old gym if something was too hard I’d simply quit.  It’s practically impossible to quit when you’ve got Andy, Jake, Kitty, Cody, Charlie, Shelby, Jason, and countless others yelling at you to get those last few reps.  You can’t find that anywhere else.   


Did you think a sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

As a kid I hated team sports.  So I decided to stick to individual sports: golf, tennis, rock climbing, etc. and never considered doing anything else. 


How can other people relate to your story?

Like most at CFS, and thousands of others, I was simply sick of the norm (e.g. going to the gym for 45 minutes to an hour every day for years and not seeing any results).  I, with very little athletic prowess, am just another testament that ANYBODY can do this.  


What is something that others may not know about you?

I have an unhealthy obsession with British history and the monarchy in particular.  I called in sick to work so that I could watch the royal wedding.  I had champagne, kippers, and a cake that looked like the Union Jack.

 Also, once in 10th grade, on a dare, I used Nair on my arms.  The hair never came back.


What is the dumbest thing you have heard at CFS?

Every time Gale says, “2 more reps.”


What is the funniest thing you have seen done at CFS?

It didn’t happen during a WOD, but the infamous “Profile Views Competition of April 2012” was pretty hilarious. 


What is your most memorable moment here?

I finished 2nd place in a WOD right behind Justin Bell.  True story. 


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  • EricS 10/11/2012 17:41:08

    good luck and have fun running in the snow!
  • DeveneyW 10/05/2012 18:30:54

    Bryce-this was greatness, you will be missed!!!!  
  • JoshuaL 10/05/2012 16:08:48

    You are indeed blessed and lucky to be going to Bozeman.  I love MT and wish I could join you there.  Ill catch up with you I am sure in the future on the slopes in Big Sky!  Good luck at CF Bozeman.  The altitude will be a fun thing to overcome=P
  • PaShunD 10/04/2012 13:49:41

    Bryce I'm really going to miss you. Please come back to visit not just FB because some of us still like to socialise with real faces. God spead to ya XXX!
  • ShelbyB 10/03/2012 21:48:00

    Bryce, thanks so much for sharing. You just made malachi and I both chuckle while reading through this:) If you are ever playing the game Two Truths and a Lie, please promise me that you will always use "I once called in sick to work to watch the royal wedding."  That is AWESOME!!  God bless you in all that you do!
  • JasonD 09/28/2012 09:45:01

    After your comment about the profile wars, I just went and checked, and apparently, Gale has turned off that feature.  Bah!
  • LeviN 09/28/2012 09:01:52

    Bryce, I have to echo Jason's comments. Your cheerfulness and positive attitude were greately appreciated, and will be sorely missed. All the best in your future endevors. Keep in touch :)
  • JasonD 09/28/2012 08:59:11

    Bryce, your constant positive attitude and high energy will be missed in the mornings.  Your loyalty to your friends, and your good nature are first class.  It's going to be tough to get going without you around.  CrossFit Bozeman just got a great asset.  Take care of Winston, and post pics of your new scenery when you get there.


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