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Occupation: Dean and swimming coach at Columbus North High School
Family: Wife, Meika; daughter, Erika; son, John
Where do you work out?
812 Crossfit Gym, 2614 Eastbrook Plaza, Columbus
How many hours a week?
Five to six hours
Describe your workout routine.
We begin with a warmup program of plyometrics, stretching and cardio work, and then we do some specific lifts for learning before we get into the timed exercises.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
I have always been active, either swimming or running. But I grew up as an athlete that never lifted weights, even as a high school football player. I went to a high school with 3,000 kids, but we only had one universal weight machine. My daughter has been going to CrossFit for about two years, and I switched over about six months ago. Plus, I like having people to work out with.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
I enjoy the changes in the workout programs each time I go and the encouragement you receive to keep getting better. My wife does CrossFit, too, and it is nice to spend that time together. We both just love to work out.
How do you make time to work out?
I have always done my workouts early in the morning. Before my kids were out of the house, I did early workouts so I could have more time with family. Now, my day at North usually starts by about 6 a.m. and isn’t over until about 6 or 6:30 p.m., so I go very early in the morning or later in the evening.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
I have always been serious about fitness, having been a competitive athlete from my elementary (school) days on.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through your new routine?
I have definitely gained strength through endurance in these workouts. The weight on most of my lifts has increased at least 30 percent from my original max lifts, and my times for specific programs keep getting faster as I become more fit.
Do you listen to music while you work out?
(The instructor) usually just puts on his iPod. Most of us who go that early in the morning like anything out of the 1960s and ‘70s that you can understand the words to, like the Beatles. We aren’t really into the heavy rock type of stuff.
Do you follow a special diet?
I just try to eat well. I have increased my protein consumption recently. I do love to “cheat,” though, so I have cookies or chips a couple of times each week.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment?
Finally being able to do a set of 10 pull-ups unassisted, and a dead lift of more than 250 pounds. And I have been able to do one muscle-up. (A very difficult CrossFit exercise, typically performed on a set of rings, that involves pulling ones body weight up and over the top of the rings.)
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
I don’t have trouble with motivation. I just wish I had more time.
What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?
Join CrossFit for the variety and attend the group workouts for support and the encouragement to start smart and grow as you come more often.
What’s a little known fitness fact about you?
Probably just the fact that I have time to work out.
— Beth Clayton-George,
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