Congratulations to our May Athlete of the Month, Kevin Ford!

Kevin Ford

When the CrossFit Hierarchy coaches sat down to discuss candidates for Athlete of the Month a few weeks ago, we talked a lot about what the qualities we look for in such person are. Things like improvement, enthusiam, positivity, and a willingness to try new things. But one quality came up that perhaps gets overlooked, and that is long term commitment. CrossFit works best not as a bright flash in the pan of interest, but as an inexorable and steady climb to fitness, a low trajectory to a distant horizon. After talking about that, it was clear that one member who stood out to us, which is why we are so please to annocunce Kevin Ford as our May 2018 Athlete of the Month.

Kevin has been a member and staple of our morning crew since September 2015 and based on his Front Desk profile has attended over 400 classes in that time. That is an phenomal show of consistency. Whats even better is that consistency has paid off, Kevin has improvement so much over the years in strength, gymnastics skills, and cardiovascular capcity. He completed the Open Rx and ranked in the top 200 Men in Washington DC. Kevin is also wonderful to have in class and quick to support those around him. Hes part of what makes Hierarchy great and is our May 2018 Athlete of the Month. Congrats Kevin!

Read on below for our interview with Kevin!

When did you start CrossFit?

I started CrossFit in the fall of 2015 

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I started working for Fannie Mae right out of college as a financial analyst in 2011.  I played club lacrosse at Salisbury University, but since graduating I've taken up volleyball and golf as my sports and I try to go snowboarding each winter somewhere out West.  I usually play pickup volleyball every other weekend in the summer down near the Lincoln Memorial so let me know if you're interested in playing.  I try to read as much as I can - last year I read about a book a month of all genres ranging from sci-fi fantasy to historical nonfiction.  I very nearly went to art school, but decided against the potential of the starving artist lifestyle.  I still draw and paint for my friends and family though.      

What were you doing before CrossFit?

Before CrossFit I was a member at Vida down the street doing chest and triceps, back and biceps every other day with a few spin and yoga classes thrown in between.  

How did you find CrossFit?

I found CrossFit through friends who were interested in doing it then looking at progress pictures from people on the CrossFit subreddit and thinking I should be doing more in the gym.  So I joined Hierarchy. 

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

My first CrossFit workout was a 10 minute AMRAP during the free Saturday afternoon class.  I remember doing about 3 box jumps before feeling like my legs were going to get blown up. I remember thinking how difficult those box jumps were even though they were just box jumps and how there were other even more difficult things to learn, and I wanted in. 

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

My goals when joining CrossFit were to become fit and strong.  I wanted to finally feel comfortable in my skin and in my clothes, and to at least look decent at the beach.

Have you achieved any of those goals?

Yes.  Since joining I'm not only as strong and fit as I've ever been but I've also slimmed down a ton and have learned a bunch through some of the nutritional challenges/events we do at Hierarchy. 

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Yes.  I can play those extra volleyball matches, walk another 18 holes, or run 5 miles on a whim and know I'll be fine.  I workout in the morning, and after having gone through a grueling workout and making it out alive I can go into the office with more self confidence knowing I can handle whatever is thrown at me. 

What does Crossfit Hierarchy mean to you?

CrossFit Hierachy is a place I can go to not only workout, but also relieve stress, learn new skills, meet new people, and be a part of a local community.  It's a place I can go to grow individually through strength and conditioning, and to endure hardship among friends while looking forward to the next workout.

Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?

Yes, this year's CrossFit open workout 18.2 was a pretty good memory for me.  Sean and I were in the last heat going head-to-head Friday night with everyone cheering us on.  We got through the squats and burpees, and I hit my first power clean at 155 then I missed my second clean attempt at 187, but I had JJ judging/coaching/screaming at me.  So with about 30 seconds left I tried again and nailed the lift.  People cheered and congratulated and high fives were given all around.  It was cool and I'm glad I got to experience that. 

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Hierarchy?

For someone just joining CrossFit Hierarchy I would say speak up when you need clarification on anything. Whether it be the mechanics of the lift, what weight you should be using, whatever. If you're unsure about something the coaches are there to help.  When I first started, there was a metcon with front squats so I put 135 on the bar (I did 3x10 of 135 back squats once a month before CrossFit, why not do 45 front squats in a single WOD?). I  immediately had to strip the bar clean.  If I would've just asked what weight I should be doing before hand, I would've had a better workout and not been so humbled. 

Favorite WOD (Girl, Hero, or just a type of workout)?

I'm a fan of AMRAP style workouts with shoulders to overhead, or toes to bar thrown in there.

Least Favorite WOD?

Rowing EMOMS.

Favorite Lift?

Split jerk 

Least favorite lift?

Sumo deadlift high pulls get the automatic no for me.

Something you might not know about me is…

In August I'll finish my masters degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins.

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