Athlete of the MonthDecember

Scott Stickland

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 3

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started in January 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

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

It is a long and interesting story (at least to me)! My wife was pregnant (our son was born in October 2016) and I was busy getting life sorted out. I decided I should go for a physical with my doctor to see how I was doing (I unfortunately worked in a job with long hours with lots of travel and wasn’t focused on my health). I knew I was overweight (probably 225lbs at the time and had more stretch marks than my pregnant wife – currently 190ish) but the doctor was concerned about my results and urged me to make life changes. I stopped smoking, started going to a conventional gym and eating healthier. The gym was great – I enjoyed lifting weights but I was spending far too much time there and my wife wanted me to do shorter workouts (new baby and all). I started to look into options and heard about CrossFit – basically I tried it out because I heard it was an intense hour long workout and I also watched the Netflix movie and the guys were ripped. I finished my foundations class just as the 2017 open started and haven’t looked back.

 

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

Changing my attitude towards working out. I thought that Olympic lifting was silly and then I started trying it out and it was humbling and it kept me coming back to try to get better.

 

We are unlike most traditional gyms – we require that all of our members have a Coach-for-Life. How has that been helpful to you?

It is great. It is nice to have a coach that understands me (injuries, goals, likes/dislikes). It is also keeps me accountable – I remember a couple of weeks ago I had been traveling and not in the gym for a bit and Brett sent me a note to check-in to see if everything was okay (I think I went straight to the gym after I landed).

 

You are taking part in this year’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon. Is this your first marathon? Tell us a little bit about training with our marathon running club – how has that been helpful for you?

I will be running the full marathon. It is a first for me. The club is great and super helpful. It has kept me accountable and I have also learned a lot about running. Highly recommend the club for anyone that wants to get into running and a try a first marathon.

 

You recently participated in The CrossFit Games Open. You hit a bunch of PR’s in those workouts – congrats! What was your favorite Open workout and why?

I enjoyed 20.2 – I actually re-tested it after I ripped my hand on the first attempt. I like double-unders!

 

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

The relationships I have built. I moved to the island recently and it has been a great way to meet people (especially people that like CrossFit). The club is very welcoming.

Also making fun of Jay for never wearing a shirt.

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

I played hockey and soccer. But I was a little small vertically and a little wide horizontally – this is probably the best shape I have been in my whole life.

 

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

I love the cold. Cayman is great but all I do is sweat.

 

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

Running a marathon. I am a cannon ball. This will be the biggest physical challenge of my life.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Filthy 50!

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Anything with heavy snatches and ring muscle-ups. I am still figuring both those movements out!

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

What the human body can do. I never thought I would be able to do the workouts that I do today.

 

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

One hundred percent. I try to convince my wife every week (I cc’d her on this e-mail) – hint hint nudge nudge! It is fun, dynamic and it feels like a community.

 

Thanks Scott, we are proud to have you as our December 7 Miler!

 


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