I am definitely surprised and grateful to be named this month’s Spotlight Athlete. This section is always one of my favorite parts of the newsletter because it highlights what I enjoy most about Uncharted, and that is getting to see the progress of my fellow gym mates and their accomplishments. 

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I never did any sports or worked out in high school because I never had any time between work and all of my classes. Thanks to a fast metabolism, this pattern carried over and lasted through most of college as well. Near the end of college, I started working out with a friend at a Planet Fitness where we lifted weights without any real plan, but it was nice because we held each other accountable. 

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        After college I ended up getting a desk job and moving a few cities over so I stopped going to the gym because I had no one to go with and push me. Now that I was at a desk all the time and my metabolism was slowing down I started to gain weight. I had looked into CrossFit multiple times but I always made an excuse that I didn’t have the time or the money to go.

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     In 2016 my wife and I moved to St. Charles because I relocated for work. We were away from all our friends and family and I still wasn’t doing anything exercise-wise. Finally, in March 2017, I signed up for the Elements class at Uncharted. That first class was a real wake up call for how out of shape I was. I remember it was the Baseline workout; 500 m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit ups, 20 push ups and 10 pull ups. I don’t think I made it halfway through the sit ups before I walked out of the building trying not to puke. I decided to sign up for the rest of elements because I wanted to get into shape but I stayed because of the awesome community. I liked the positive energy of everyone and how they cheered me on when I was in last and wanted to quit - and I do my best to pass that attitude on when other new people joined. My favorite part of being at Uncharted and doing CrossFit is pushing myself farther than I thought I could go and watching others do the same.

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        I am really thankful for the friends and people I have met over the past year and a half and I look forward to continuing working out with all of you.