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Athlete of the Month - February 2019

March 11, 2019


Congratulations to John Karnes for earning athlete of the month during February.


John brings a positive attitude with him each and every time he walks into the box.  His work ethic and dedication to bettering himself are contagious.  This work has paid off as John continues to lift heavier and heavier weights, master difficult movements like double unders and kip swings, and improve his overall endurance and stamina.


Congratulations John and thanks for inspiring us all.


A few words from John:


When did you become a member at WC?  January 2018


What do you do when you're not at WC?

Sleeping in on the non-5 AM Crossfit days, spending time with my awesome wife and fantastic kids, and working in the Community Drinking Water Section of the Department of Environmental Quality. 


When did you realize [Williamston] crossfit is right for you? 

18.2  (increasing reps of DB squats and bar-facing burpees in 12 minutes).  I only started 4-5 weeks earlier and the WOD was killing me. I was struggling to get done in time, but everyone (people I barely knew) was cheering and encouraging me.  I finished right at 12:00!  I owe those last few burpees to everyone else.  WC is such an encouraging and positive atmosphere!


What's your favorite WOD/movement?



What's your least favorite WOD/movement? 

A year ago, I would have said BURPEES.  A few months ago would have been kettlebell burpees. 

Now, probably overhead squats and anything upside-down; only because I’m still awkward with those movements. 


What is one thing you have done at WC that you never thought u would do?

Double-unders - still working on multiple in a row, but I can do ‘em!  

 (By the end of this year, it will be kipping pull-ups!)


What motivates you during a WOD?

Trying to beat my previous time or attempting something closer to Rx, and of course, not dying 🤣


What is something about yourself we may not know?

I have played Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn, and Alto Sax. I refereed women’s flat track roller derby. 


What advice would you give someone just getting started with crossfit?

It’s OK to not do everything perfectly or quickly.  It’s a process and rewarding when you beat your previous records. Stick with it for a month, but you will only need two weeks to be hooked. 


Fill in the blank (one word):

I like... football 

I eat... tacos

I do... crossfit!

I am... alive!


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