Congratulations to Brian Allshouse, Athlete of the Week! Brian has been a regular at the Bunker since June of last year and has seen some great results. Busy with work and family, Brian has made no excuses and has found the community and education offered at the Bunker to be beneficial to continuing a healthy lifestyle he started back in 2009. Brian is smart in his training, very consistent in training, committed to a nutrient dense paleo diet, and welcoming to new members. He is coach-able and positive – we really appreciate him and are glad he made the decision to continue this lifestyle with us! Here is more about Brian…
What or who brought you to CrossFit PAX?
Beginning in 2009 I discovered CrossFit through a friend and research on the Internet, and for 2 years or so did the workouts in a globo gym on my own. With the addition of a semi-strict Paleo diet, I experienced phenomenal results and felt better than I ever had. Despite all my progress, moving into a new home, renting another and stress at work sent me off the rails for good, or at least until June 2014 when I decided to try to get things back on track by joining CrossFit PAX.
What was it like getting started?
Getting started was actually pretty hard, I felt like I had learned a lot through drop-ins and workshops, and self-teaching, but had lost all of it. Not to mention I more or less worked out on my own and I knew in a box environment it was always a group, which was a little intimidating. But the benefit I did have was I knew the type of results that were possible, if I just tried.
How long have you been a member and what has changed in your life during that time due to your experience with CrossFit PAX?
I’ve been a member at the Bunker for roughly a year, and I’ve experienced multiple changes since joining. The most significant change for me is has been getting back to consistency in the gym, which is an important step in the right direction. I owe a lot of that to the coaches and members at CrossFit PAX.
What have you accomplished?
I’ve made numerous accomplishments since joining the Bunker, I’ve seen increases in my overall strength and conditioning, my ability to perform movements I wasn’t able to do when on my own, and I’m even starting to see gains in movements that a shoulder injury had been previously preventing.
What are you most proud of accomplishing?
I think I’m most proud of the progress I’ve made with my snatch. I’ve really enjoyed the Olympic lifts since I first took a workshop to learn the movements, but the one thing I was always hesitant to do performing CrossFit on my own was the Snatch. Since coming to CrossFit PAX, I’ve gotten the coaching I need to do the movement safely and make consistent progress while doing so.
What are some of your favorite workouts or experiences with CrossFit PAX and your family there?
Typically I prefer strength days/workouts to most others, because it’s just fun to lift heavy stuff. As far as experiences at the Bunker, I think the word “family” says it all, the motivational benefits to working with an encouraging group that are all striving for the same results are immeasurable. This benefit is probably this single most beneficial change to doing CrossFit on my own, and one of the main reasons I’ve been able to have success.
What are your short term and long-term goals?
My short-term goals are mainly focused on my diet, because of its importance with relation to health and performance, and my long-term goals are to continue to make gains with all aspects of my performance.
How has your diet changed since starting CrossFit (if it has), and what foods do you rely on most?
Having previously done Paleo, with very good results, I pretty much know what it takes to be successful. But like anyone who has struggled with diet knows consistency is key when making a change of lifestyle with respect to food. I’m still working towards being consistent with my diet, but I do know it is the biggest component to major gains and success in the gym and health.
What advice do you have for our newer members or those thinking about jumping in?
I try to speak to new members when I can; when I do I imagine most of them feel like I did when first coming to the Bunker, intimidated and wondering if this is right for them. I try to assure them that coaches and members at CrossFit PAX are a really good group and anyone can do CrossFit, if they just give it a chance.
Keep it up, Brian! The benefits are well worth the effort you’re putting in and we are so glad to have you as part of the family! We look forward to seeing your continued improvement this year- the best is yet to come!