“A coach at CrossFit 317 will help with anything and I believe they care about you.”

May Athlete Of The Month, Casey Crafton, is in our spotlight for today’s Member Monday. Read on to learn how Casey got started, his goals, and how he pushes through a challenging workout.

How did you get started with CrossFit?
“I worked with a former member of 317 and he told me about CrossFit.  I had heard and seen a  few things here and there about CrossFit but really had no idea. So I just said to myself, ‘F-it’, and signed up for a Kick-Off class on line. And I’ve been consumed with it since.”

Favorite movement or workout?
“Movement-Snatch. It looks cool and I’m decent at it.

Workout-Not sure but I know the general ingredients. Probably a 3-5 round triplet, two movements with a moderately heavy barbell and then a body movement or maybe a run. And its gotta be for time. I can never game plan a dang AMRAP.”

Least favorite movement or workout?
“Movement- Double undersNot gonna lie, those dudes come and go for me like no other.  I’ll do them, I won’t even complain about them, but I don’t have to like them.”

Casey enjoyed some quality time with double unders during CrossFit Open workout 17.5

Long term and short term goals:
“Short Term – I want to finish this year’s Memorial Day weekend Murph with a 20lb vest.

Long Term – Get my weight down and manage it correctly.  I struggle with it and eating well.  I think it will help me perform way better, which is cool, but I really want to do it for the long run.  My joints have taken some abuse over the years and a little less stress on them at work would really help, and of course for my overall health.”

What would you tell someone that is on the fence about CrossFit and is scared to try?
“The biggest hang up seems to be that a person can hurt themselves in CrossFit.  I would say there are two major places to be careful, box jumps and overhead barbells/dumbells.  Box Jumps really suck when you miss, but thankfully we now have the padded boxes, so go nuts.  Just pace yourself, get a good set up, and keep those knees up.  Overhead barbells/dumbells can bonk your noggin on its way back down, or worse, foul up your shoulder if you throw it around like a knuckle head.  So go light and get form down, super important the form thing.”

What do you love most about CrossFit 317?
“Obviously the people, coaches and athletes.  But I’ll tell you why.  The coaches truly want you to get the most out of your one hour class.  They are very good at teaching technique, position, and form.  A coach at CrossFit 317 will help with anything and I believe they care about you.  Heck, I’ve went all this time, wrestled and played football and didn’t learn the technique of a high-5 until I landed at 317!  And the athletes; forget about it, great people, love ’em.  They work their tails off in and outside of CrossFit 317. Not just at their job but in our community.  How good is this place when there are always programs helping people? So cool.”

What is a quote or motto that you live by?
“Carpe Diem, real corny I know.  But I have been through some stuff and have seen some stuff and I realized; yes sir, this life goes real fast, you gotta go.
Favorite saying during WOD, ‘F-ing Go!’ Not out loud, just in my head or maybe I mouth it, don’t wanna be rude.”

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