Name: Michael Lamparek
Profession: Student, Iowa State University, Kinesiology and Marketing
Start Date: May 11, 2016
1. What is your “WHY” for starting CrossFit?
There are several things I think about but the biggest motivator would be my father who passed away April 14th, 2015 of brain cancer. He was always finding new ways to push himself, whether it be a Strongman competition or running a marathon all while he weighed roughly 300 pounds. When he got sick he was always worried that he had never taught me anything and I always reassured him that always finding new ways to challenge myself with exercise was one of many things. CrossFit is an absolutely great way to honor my father. I may have even been able to convince him to join. Whenever I want to be done during a workout or don’t want to come in to class, it just takes one thought of my dad to get rid of that feeling.
2. If we played a theme song for every member as they walked in the gym, what would YOUR theme song be and why?
I really like all music so this is a tough one. I can’t really narrow it down to one song. Anything fast paced that I can sing to would do the trick. AC/DC, Queen, Childish Gambino, and of course T-Swift. I like being able to take my mind off the workout so if there is a song I can sing to in my head it really helps.
3. What changes have you noticed in yourself since joining CrossFit West Ames?
Just from the first month I come home a lot happier, even though the workout may have sucked. I love being drenched in sweat knowing that I worked my butt off. Since I started going to the 6:30am class I’ve noticed that I am a lot more focused during the day, too. I’m more on top of things and proactive. Physically, I’ve lost 7 pounds already and I’ve definitely noticed some strength and aerobic gains.
4. What is the scariest thing you have ever done or what are you most terrified of?
After seeing what happened to my father, it’s hard not to be terrified of that and your mind definitely starts to wonder if it will happen to you. Although he exercised constantly, my dad had a bad relationship with food. This definitely wasn’t the cause of what happened but definitely didn’t help either. I’m starting to take small steps in correcting my diet so I don’t have to worry so much about this.
5. What are two performance goals you have for yourself now that you’ve been doing CrossFit for a while?
A big goal I’ve had since I was 16 is losing weight. Right now the goal is 280 pounds, which I would love to have by roughly the start of my fall semester at Iowa State. My other goal is to eventually be able to do all the movements in CrossFit. This requires a lot more strength, mobility, time, etc. on my part but it’s something that I really want and I know I will obtain.
6. Would you rather: NEVER be able to speak again OR always HAVE to say everything that is on your mind?
Once I get to know people I am much more the type of person to say everything that is on my mind. Although it could/has gotten me in trouble, I couldn’t stand not being able to talk.
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