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Athlete of the Month – Eric Carter

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Hey, my name is Eric Carter. A little bit about myself, I’m a nativeHoustonian, husband, new father, attorney, and elected Judge. Likes include: fishing, biking, travel, and baseball. Dislikes include: most musicals and cauliflower. I was interested from the first time hearing of CrossFit. I experimented with CF maybe 5-6 years ago, and it didn’t stick. Or, I should say: I didn’t stick with it. It wasn’t until January 2017 that I’d decided to give a serious attempt. I’ve been hooked since.

I have lots of reasons that led to my decision to start CrossFit. I’d always struggled with my weight, and never been what you’d call an “athlete”. I knew I needed to make a lifestyle change for the better, in terms of diet and exercise, and CrossFit caught my attention. CF interested me because it was infinitely varied, and the decision of “what to do” at the gym was already made for me daily. I liked that CF was scalable to one’s ability, but rigid enough that one can measure their improvement over time. I also believed that CF would be a good primer for attempting triathlons, which it is. Weight loss, increased energy and stamina are ways in which CF has impacted my life. I can get up off the ground, or climb a flight of stairs without getting winded. Even more, with the endurance training gained through CF, I was able to complete my first sprint triathlon last year. This year, I hope to complete an Olympic Triathlon.

My favorite WODS are the long, endurance-based metcons and benchmark workouts. Thirty-forty minutes of sustained movement make me happy. As far as my least favorite WOD, I honestly can’t think of one off-hand. I enjoy the challenges of all the WODS. Oh, I take that back: anything involving that infernal jump rope. My favorite and least favorite lift are the overhead squat…it keeps you honest. My CF goals are to deadlift 400, squat 300, bench 250, and master butterfly pullups and double-unders. I have too many proud CF moments/achievements to count but some of my highlights would be my first time deadlift of 300+, first time getting a sub 8:00 mile, 34 unbroken pull ups, first handstand pushup, first double-under… never achieved any of this before, and the list goes on.

Something people would be surprised to know about me is that I played guitar for 20 years. The advice I’d give to CF newbies is don’t fret about modifying or scaling to your ability. Everyone starts someplace. Focus on what you can control and try to have fun!

My favorite quote:

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum