Athlete of the MonthOctober

Amol Pargaonkar

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started CrossFit in February this year so 8 months now.

 

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?

Prior to joining 7 Mile Strength & Fitness, I have routinely paid for various gym memberships but hardly used any of those. I then tried having a private coach with my wife once a week to keep myself motivated to do workouts regularly. It helped for a couple of months but then I ended up only going to gym on the private workout days. I needed much more than a normal gym to keep myself motivated. I took trial lessons with CrossFit in Camana Bay but did not fit in with the culture. I was then recommended 7 Mile Strength & Fitness by my private coach. I had also heard positive reviews about 7 Mile Strength & Fitness from my manager, Tasha Ebanks-Garcia. I made an appointment with Trevor and felt that I will for the first time enjoy going for a workout rather than just going to a gym just to keep my guilt clear.

 

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

The hardest part after starting out was accepting that the body will be sore almost each and every day. It felt painful after all the lunges or the burpees. Initially I was worried about injuries but Trevor was a great help. Just a whatsapp message to him about any concerns and he would reply back and break down complex health terms in the simple language that I would understand. Also talking with Tasha, as we share a office space, kept me motivated and overcome the initial resistance.

 

We recently posted about your consistency in the gym and how working on your nutrition has helped you change your physique. Tell us a little bit about how your Coach for Life helped you with some of the changes you made and how those changes have had such a positive impact.

I am Indian and my diet was more of carbs with rice, Naan rotis, spicy curries etc. Eating carb and fat based food meant that I used to fill quickly without necessary calories. I knew that to have an impact on the workouts, I had to make a change to my diet. Working with Trevor, I got details on how to structure a diet and based on my weight got macro numbers that I should be managing on daily basis. It not only meant that I changed my diet but I also ate more. It was difficult to accept that I need to eat more to become healthy. I started keeping a diary for food and tried to come as close as possible to the necessary macro numbers (did not monitor those during holidays). I was then eating more but not gaining any weight. I am now following the motto of eat properly, workout hard and then enjoy the rest of the healthy day. I had slight issues with my blood pressure but with workout and healthy diet, I have been able to control those without medication.

 

Congratulations on having a new addition to your family! What was it like becoming a father for the second time? Future CrossFit kids? ;)

Thanks again. The newborn is called ‘Abhinav’ which means ‘Unique’ in Indian. Life has got back to changing nappies and discussions about poop. Definitely no more kids – I have had my quota full. ;)

 

Name something you’re most proud of in the gym.

It has now been almost 8 months and I am continuously going to gym. Doing a WOD everyday rather than a gym routine just keeps me motivated. I have never gained such consistency in my entire life. I am actually loving to get up at 4.45 am in the morning and looking forward to drive to CrossFit.

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

I was Table Tennis captain of my college.

 

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

Being an Indian, I love Cricket but after staying out of India for last 20 years (9 years in Germany and 9 years in London) now love to watch football as well.

 

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)

Stay in Himalayas for few months.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Squats and Wall balls. I believe they you great balance and strength to the core.

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Burpees. Those just pull all the strength out of you.

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

You can have a strong community and enjoy fitness activities.

 

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

I would absolutely recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others. I am not an extrovert and was welcomed by all the members upon joining. It is a fantastic mixture of fun and fitness.

 

Congratulations, Amol!  Keep up the great work!

 


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