CrossFit Shift Athlete of the Month Questionnaire Name: Russ Hall
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town called Mt. Morris just north of Flint
When did you become a member at CrossFit Shift?
What do you do when you are not at CrossFit Shift? (occupation, hobbies, etc.)
I work for Auto-Owners Insurance as a medical claims adjuster. Basically if you get in a car accident I review and process your medical bills related to the accident.
How did you find out about CrossFit?
A former member told me about Shift and brought me to bring a friend day.
When did you realize CrossFit is right for you?
That very first workout. I remember that one of the movements was just lunges down and back the length of the gym. I probably got a little past halfway through the workout and my legs were on fire and I fell over a couple times before one of the coaches had me stop. That was a huge moment that I thought to myself “Are you really that out of shape?” I was.
What is your favorite WOD/movement?
My favorites are rowing, squatting and burpees
What is your least favorite Wod/movement?
Wall walks and box jumps
What would your perfect WOD look like?
It would have rowing, squatting and burpees.
What is one thing you have done at CrossFit Shift that you never thought you would do?
Rope climb. I was never able to do it in gym class. Now I can put together one decent one.
What motivates you during a CrossFit WOD?
Everyone else doing the WOD with me. It’s really cool to be with a bunch of people working your butt off. I used to play a lot of sports and Shift filled that gap for me.
What is something about yourself that we might not know?
My first job out of college I taught in a jail helping inmates get prepared to test for their GEDs. I have an insane amount of respect for anyone who goes into the teaching profession.
What advice would you give someone just getting started with CrossFit?
Check your ego at the door. Everyone starts somewhere and for me I was humbled quickly when I was doing super light weights on a lot of movements.
Fill in the Blank (one word)
I like… football
I eat… steak
I do… breakfast
I am… grateful
5 Rounds For Time
Wall-balls x30 (20/14)