Richard Doerfler has been named the athlete of the month for August 2014. Richard has been a part of Wreck Room since our soft opening back in April and was our first official member.Throughout August, Richard made it in regularly and was there early every time. He always has a complete understanding of our agenda for the day and is always prepared. He also brings a certain level of sarcasm and quick wit with him everyday which makes each class more and more interesting and fun. His best characteristic is the fact the he is one of the most coach-able athletes I have ever worked with which is evident in his progress. Make sure you congratulate him when you see him, he has truly earned this acknowledgement. Read below to learn more about Richard.
Tell us who you are.
My name is Richard Doerfler. I am 34 years old and am a construction project manager. I work way too much and don’t fly fish nearly enough.
What made you decide to get started with Wreck Room CrossFit?
I joined Wreck Room because I put myself on a two year plan in April of 2013. The plan was to lose weight the first year and firm and tone up the second. I started at 262 lbs! It seems that pure serendipity had you open your CrossFit gym right when I was to start the second year of my plan. Since you were only two doors down from my office, I felt it would be a perfect fit.
What is your favorite part of Wreck Room CrossFit and is there one particular favorite moment that stands out to you?
My favorite part of CrossFit is the exercise of will more than the exercise of body. There have been many times that I felt I wouldn’t or couldn’t finish a workout but somehow, some way, I have always found a way to push harder than I ever thought I could. I love that!
My favorite moment is probably two: my first legitimate RX and my first strict pull up. I am hoping that these are displaced by RXing Fran today! That will make very proud.
What was your activity level prior to starting at Wreck Room CrossFit?
I basically had no activity level prior to the Wreck Room. I tell people that I went from couch to CrossFit, and that’s the honest truth. I also quit smoking the day before I started at the Wreck Room.
How has Wreck Room CrossFit helped you outside of the gym?
Outside the gym, CrossFit has helped me feel more confident about myself and my appearance as well show me that limits are just mental.
Tell us about your progress throughout the month of August.
August has definitely been my best month. I have RXd almost every workout. I’ve also had PRs on almost all of my movements including dead lifting 250, which was a big deal for me. I finally felt like a real CrossFit athlete for the first time in August.
What are your favorite and least favorite movements or workouts?
My favorite movements are probably dead lift, box jumps and burpees. I hate burpees, but I think that’s why I like them too. While I may hate burpees, I HATE power / hang snatches and OHS.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to get started at Wreck Room CrossFit?
I would tell anyone who is considering starting cross fit to suck it up and make it happen. It’s totally brutal when you first start, and it doesn’t get any easier. BUT, it is very rewarding when you begin to do things that seemed completely and physically impossible a short time earlier. Being able to harness the mental strength to push on when your body screams “NO MORE” is one of the most satisfying feelings I’ve every experienced.
Any additional thoughts?
Additional thoughts: Crossfit is easily one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I have never felt better about my ability, appearance or potential. It is also one of my favorite things to do. It’s totally worth the pain and calluses.