Congratulation Kenny Szymusiak for earning Athlete of the month!
Kenny began CrossFit during the summer and has been an absolute pleasure to have in the box each day. His positive demeanor, work ethic, and focus on improvement is not lost upon the coaches and athletes of Williamston CrossFit. Kenny gives some great advice to people new to CrossFit and he lived it! Now he is reaping the rewards of his focus on form and willingness to scale.
Congrats Kenny and keep working hard!
A few words from Kenny:
When did you become a member at WC?
What do you do when you're not at WC?
Aside from teaching and helping students start companies at MSU (day job), I'm generally playing with my daughter Amelia (4yrs old), spending time with my family, fishing, and seeking out great coffee.
When did you realize crossfit is right for you?
I was hooked within the first few weeks, I was amazed how quickly my strength was improving and I loved the variety of the workouts.
What's your favorite WOD/movement?
This is going to sound screwed up, but I actually really like wall balls. I also love all of the different varieties of WODs. Everyday is a surprise to me...I don't look at the WOD beforehand.
What's your least favorite WOD/movement?
Burpees. I often joke that I'd quit WCF if another box opened in town that guaranteed no burpees. However, I'm doing my best to embrace them lately and my speed is getting better...slightly.
What is one thing you have done at WC that you never thought u would do?
For sure the craziest thing so far is when Nate talked me into doing the Battle in Billtown only being a few months into my training. It was complete trial by fire and although I finished last in most events I realized that with more work I could compete which was a great motivational boost. (Shout out to John Palmer for being my partner and kicking ass.)
What motivates you during a WOD?
Being surrounded by an amazing group of people doing the same crazy things I'm doing. When people ask me about Crossfit, I tell them that the most amazing thing is that you see a WOD posted on the board that seems absurd, but the group collectively just does it. No sane person would complete a workout like the ones we do by themselves. The WCF crew and coaches is what makes this work!
What is something about yourself we may not know?
I have a whiskey collection that is around 90+ bottles...its pretty ridiculous and delicious.
What advice would you give someone just getting started with crossfit?
It can seem a little intimidating at first because you are completing some complex movements, but just take your time and scale at your own pace. When I first started I was often worried about what weight to use, but I realized that lighter is better until you get the movement right. Be patient.
Fill in the blank (one word...I'm breaking the rule like Kyla.):
I like...my life and coffee and bourbon.
I eat...a lot of Larabars and drink a lot of LaCroix.
I do...hate burpees.
I am...grateful to be part of WCF.