LEVI SLOAN | October 2019

Age: 35

Emergency Room RN

How did you learn about CrossFit Warehouse?
Google and Facebook. I did some pretty intense research into local boxes and landed on the website for the gym. It seemed like the most professional in the area and the coach bios gave it more credibility than others I looked at. I definitely made the right choice.     

How has CrossFit Warehouse changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness?
It’s definitely shown me I’m capable of more than I ever thought possible. Being able to change so much mentally and physically in the 6-months I’ve been doing this has shown me the places CrossFit can take you if you’re willing to be coachable and put in the work. I’ve learned that I’m the only person capable of stopping my progress, and my only failure has been giving up on myself when I know I could push through to do more. I try to apply that to all things I do in life now. It’s also shown me I’m stronger both physically and mentally than I ever knew. My level of fitness has increased a ton from when I started and I can’t wait to keep getting stronger and better! 

List short/long term goals you would like to accomplish through CrossFit Warehouse:
My short-term goal is to be able to RX a workout by January and to deadlift over 300 lbs. Long term, I really want to increase my overall endurance/competitiveness and eventually get to a point of being able to try out a competition or two. 

What do you like most about CrossFit Warehouse?
The attitudes and the coaches. Everyone I’ve encountered here has a motivating and welcoming attitude coupled with just the right amount of competitiveness and drive. I’m a quiet person by nature so it’s helped me realize this isn’t a place of intimidation but a place to grow.    

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
Overhead squats are growing on me. I feel like it takes so much strength and technical focus to accomplish that each rep is like a small miracle in itself. I hated them at first but I can’t wait to get better at them now. 

What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Probably box jump burpees. I swear whoever invented that movement combo was a sadist. Running is a very close second for me, I just can’t get into it.  

What movements would make up your Favorite WOD?
Rowing, overhead squats or the snatch, and pull-ups. I love seeing how much I can improve on the bar and the rower each time we have those in a WOD.

What does your nutrition look like?
I started doing the renaissance periodization app and templates about 3 weeks ago. It calculates your macros and optimal meal times depending on your goals (cutting, gaining, maintaining). It’s helped me become more aware of what I put into my body as well as portion control. 

Favorite movie?
Kill Bill, Drop Dead Gorgeous…pretty much any classic 80’s/90’s horror movie you can think of I probably love. 

Favorite music artist/band?
My taste is pretty eclectic. I go from country to metal to EDM so it’s hard to pick just one. Right now Phantogram, Sleigh Bells and Jinger have been my heavy rotation.

Favorite song to work out to?
Devour by Shinedown, We Appreciate Power by Grimes, or Never Give Up by Neffex are current faves. Anything loud and aggressive with a good rock/metal vibe.

Achievements you’d like to highlight within your life?
I have an EMS Medal of Valor I was awarded at 18 that I’m still pretty proud of even all these years later. I also graduated Magna Cum Laude from my undergraduate program. 

List a few things we don’t know about you:
-I joined CrossFit to get in shape for the military. I’m planning on applying in February to commission into the Air Force Nurse Corps. My military dream job is to be SOST but I’m pretty sure I’m too old to start down that training pipeline. It’s a long process so please keep your fingers crossed for me!  

-I was born in New Mexico and grew up on a ranch in both Colorado and Oregon, where my parents still live. My hometown has less people in it than most city blocks do here. My high school graduating class was literally 17 people.  

In 10 words or less, what does CF mean to you?
Turning “I can’t” into “I did” one WOD at a time. 

What advice would you give to someone looking to join CrossFit for the first time?
Don’t be afraid to dive in head first regardless of your fitness level or experience. This is a sport of self-growth and self-challenge so you can only go up from where you are currently. Everyone you see in the gym working out with you was brand-new at some point also. CrossFit can seem like an intimidating community at first but the reality is the complete opposite. Your fellow athletes will support you and genuinely celebrate your successes, even the small ones. As with most things in life, you get out of something what you put into it. It isn’t going to be easy but growing yourself as a person mentally and physically never is. Learning not to quit on yourself is going to be the key to your own success. Once you start to see what you’re capable of nothing will be able to hold you back, and you’ll be an addict like the rest of us.