September Athlete Of The Month – Gorden Harvey

Congrats to Gorden Harvey on being voted the Athlete of the Month for September!!

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 How did you first get involved with Crossfit? Take us back to your first WOD- how did that feel? What did you think? 

I don’t remember how I found Crossfit, but I do remember looking at the website for months thinking I should give it a try.  I can’t really say why it took me so long to sign up for my intro, but I am certainly glad did! As I was doing my intro session, I remember thinking when are we going get to the bench press? curls? Well, that never happened. Instead, I realized just how bad my workout routine needed an intensity upgrade.  I think my initial workout took me about 14 minutes after which I wanted to throw up. I could hardly speak or move for at least 30 minutes after my workout. Thanks Coach Josh! When it took a few days to recover from my 14 minute workout, I knew CF Annapolis was for me! I signed up and have tried to go every day since!

What changes have you seen in your body, health and overall fitness since starting at CFA?

Overall, I would say my physical and mental health are the best they have ever been.  Since starting at CFA in March I have lost approximately 15 pounds while gaining muscle mass. I have shaved 1:00 min off my average mile pace (Thanks Coach Shannon!) Crossfit has also helped me outside of the gym when dealing with the different challenges that life presents.

What is your favorite CrossFit moment?

I’d have to say my favorite Crossfit moment was getting my 1st bar muscle-up.  It’s also great to see other athletes achieve a new PR or complete a Tough WOD (Hotshots 19 comes to mind).

What do you enjoy most about being an athlete at CFA?

I enjoy the people at CFA.  Since joining CFA I have been to a number of other Crossfit gym locally and throughout the US, and none of them compare to CFA.  Be it our coaches pushing us everyday (Thanks Coach Luis!) or other athletes encouraging or giving helpful pointers (too many to mention) CFA is by far the best place for me!

What goals are you working on? 

  • Improving my Olympic Lifts
  • Double Unders
  • Getting my friends to give CFA a try!
What the Coaches are saying about Gordon:

“Gorden is one of those people who brings a smile to your face the moment they walk through the gym doors.  He is always pushing, always trying, always giving it his all.  Gordon has made so much remarkable progress since he started, and we are so fortunate to have him as part of our CFA family!”  Coach Shannon

“Gorden rarely misses a class even on days when he is tired and he would otherwise be able to cherry pick.  He’s always seeking to go the extra mile and work on his weaknesses to get that ever elusive Rx tag on Wodify.  He earns every REP and I am glad to be his Coach everyday !!” Coach Luis

“Gorden has been an awesome member to coach. During his foundations, he constantly pushed himself, asked questions, and always wanted the tougher option for WODs.  His transformation is obvious, now if we could only get him to beat his girlfriend’s times! Congrats bro, truly deserved!”  Coach Josh


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