Posted by Andy Petranek : Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012
ATHLETE PROFILE: Chad Naylor
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: TOMS Shoe Giver
When did you first start CrossFitting?: December, 2011
When did you first start training at CFLA?: December, 2011
Favorite WOD: Any WOD with a lot of different movements
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with heavy squats
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I was a really active kid - growing up in Southern California I started surfing and skateboarding at a young age. I really never could sit still as a kid - if I wasn't surfing I was skating if I wasn't skating I was riding my bike or duct taping moving boxes to skateboards and climbing inside to bomb down the biggest hill I could find. My parents nudged me to sign up for soccer when I was little so I did that for a few years but couldn't really get into the team sport vibe. So I went back to surfing. In High School I ran Cross Country and Track - I think that's the first time I really enjoyed being in a team environment, I did that for two years until a surgery on my hand due to a large tumor growth forced me to stop temporarily and I never went back. I worked out at the gym for a few years after high school and kind of enjoyed it - when I wasn't standing around waiting for machines, after a bit it became boring and I couldn't motivate myself to go alone and bounce between treadmills and bench press's on top of the fact I thought I couldn't fit it into my schedule so I quit. Then maybe 3 months later I would feel guilty about not working out and still paying for a gym membership so I would convince myself to go. This routine went on until about 8 months ago.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? I had heard quite a bit about CrossFit - I remember a CrossFit opening in San Diego down the street from my house. I saw all the ropes and tires and kettle bells and people running around with plates on their backs. I thought it was a fad or some random new thing that was going to burn out. About a year ago I went to an event out in Palm Springs and a lot of guys that swear by CrossFit were there, i've never felt so out of shape in my entire life. So I swam in the pool and hid out, pretended I wasn't out of shape and they were just really fit and must not have a life and spend all their free time eating boiled chicken breast and throwing weights around. But after talking with them, they all told me about CrossFit and how great it was - how much it changed their lives and it really sparked my interest. I started reading online, signed up for my first intro class and my wife voulentered to go with me to ease my nerves a bit and there I was Sunday afternoon sitting on a crate in front of Michael. After his description of CrossFit and how it worked, and how he explained how you fit your life into your fitness and health and not fitting fitness and health into your life I knew this wasn't going to be a sign up and not go kind of deal. The first WOD we did was the entry level test that included rowing - push-ups and pull ups and a think a few other movements. I was super nervous before we started - tingling in my stomach - dry mouth - tense I had no Idea what to expect and I didn't do much body weight work outs in the past. It worked me, during the work out I thought to myself that there was no way I could be this out of shape. But when it was over, I wanted more. I feel like with CrossFit it keeps people with ADD, like me - focused on the task at hand and I only have to focus on it for 1 hour. I love doing WOD's and having a completely clear mind. It's therapeutic.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Before CrossFit - not only was my fitness schedule a wreck, but my life schedule felt like a wreck. I remember my wife working out in the early morning, she would invite me along on her runs and I would just sleep through them. She signed up for a 5K, and I agreed to train and run it with her but I didn't stick to it - and didn't even go with her to support her. Yeah I was overworked, but I made excuses and instead of being active I would drink a couple beers and zone out on some worthless TV. I felt constantly tired, under rested and overworked, coming up on my 30th birthday I felt I didn't want to enter into another decade of my life with this body. 8 months later after joining CrossFit and I just found all of my quarterly check in's in my drawer at home and it's amazing the changes I've seen. Reading back on my first check in, it's funny to see how my goals have evolved. I've had to get rid of 90% of my wardrobe, none of my pants would stay up. I always have energy, I wake up and am ready to go. It's amazing what listening to your body does to your overall state of mind. It's amazing to see decisions that were once so difficult to make - like what to eat - if I was going to work out - or even if I had time, are now not even decisions anymore they are just automatic.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? How much CrossFit is more than just staying fit and working out. It bleeds into every aspect of my life. I didn't understand how important it was to feel like part of a community and to work in a team environment. Through adult-hood your always judged as an individual, and I think as people grow older they become very self reliant, and it's important to be self relient but It also feels really good to high-five someone that is working towards the same goal as you and get feed back from coaches that are experiencing the same inner conversations during their work- outs as you may be. I think a prime example of this is; when I first started at CrossFit, I didn't want a shirt, I didn't take the free shirt because I didn't care about representing a gym and I figured I would never wear it, about 3 months ago I told Sam I wanted that free shirt that I never got and when I got home with it my wife was giving me the hardest time. I think that's when I really realized how much CrossFit had changed a lot of aspects of my life. I read the website daily and look forward to the work-outs I never thought I would look forward to working out.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Working out at the 5:30pm class has been great and just seeing all the members that have been CrossFitting for a long time and working hard to set goals and compete but still support everyone. I really enjoy some of the creative warm-ups that a lot of the coaches have, like making animal noises during the zoo warm up or doing square push-ups. I think just seeing how each coach is really in-tune with the work out and takes the time to focus on what's important. The Carnival workout we did was really fun and how the entire gym had different "rides", stuff that keeps people inspired and feeling young. I think that's my favorite CrossFit moment is just being able to feel like a kid and have fun and get fit at the same time.
Any advice for people just getting started? Stick with it, I've been doing it for 8 months and I feel like I'm still just getting started. I have so much to learn, and still get that tingly feeling before WOD's but I like it now I expect it and the apprehensiveness eventually turns into adrenaline. But be ready to change your life and your routines, and don't expect CrossFit to stay inside those doors when you leave because it follows you everywhere you go.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love surfing and snowboarding. I try to get as much of it in as possible, living in LA it's a little difficult to surf everyday. I really enjoy cooking - being a vegetarian of 16 years and now becoming a pescatarian and looking at the paleo-type diet I've changed the way I cook dramatically and it keeps it interesting. I'm a big fan of design, furniture, clothes, music I like anything that falls into those categories. I try to travel as much as I can - I recently was lucky enough to visit Thailand and it was an amazing trip - I also worked with TOMS shoes and Save the Children in El Salvador and gave shoes to children in need and taught them the importance of hand washing and hygiene it was a life changing experience and really gave me perspective into how lucky I am to have what I have and be able to make choices.
Complete as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:
30 Double unders
6 Burpee box jumps (20)
6 Pistols, alternating
... and coming Wednesday
Two rounds for total max reps:
2 min max reps kettlebell snatches (24/16)
1 min rest
2 min max reps KB cleans
1 min rest
2 min max reps KB front squats
1 min rest