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OATI represent!!! Erik Admundson is our super beastly July Beast of the Month. Erik has been training in our corporate fitness program for five years, and has become an amazing CrossFit athlete and olympic lifter.

When he started working out with Max, he was new to exercise and CrossFit, and now has a CrossFit total of 1025, snatches #205, clean & jerk #225, a bunch of muscle-ups, and can Rx just about any workout. His enthusiasm and grit is legendary, and he is always ready to crush the next WOD with a smile.

In Erik's own words:

I'm around 3 years into this crazy CrossFit thing, and loving it. It's been a good journey, and the journey continues... When I started working with Max and Ashley, I weighed 255#, ate horrible, had high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, and low energy. The journey started with a LOT of sweat and soreness.

My first day in the gym with Max, he had me do simple, basic things every human should be able to do (especially a guy in his early 30s), and after about 20 minutes I had to leave the room and put my head in the garbage can because I thought I was going to puke.

After that day I was hooked. I though, "I should be able to do this!" After about a year, I started taking Max's advice on diet, and a huge change occurred. Now I have a healthy weight, my 'conditions' all disappeared, and I'm in the best shape of my life. I *so* wish I had discovered CrossFit when I was 20! :) Now, my wife has started CrossFit and my journey has changed both of our lives.

Here is some wisdom from my experience:

1. Listen to your coach! They tell you these great bits of information in between all the, rest, mobility. All good stuff you should do *outside* the gym to make your life better.
2. Have fun! I know, from experience, if you are trying to stay healthy and fit, and you're not having fun doing it, it won't work. It's OK to laugh with your fellow CrossFitters!
3. Eventually, you'll reach a 'comfortable' level of fitness. It happened to me about a year ago. It's that plateau where you are capable of finishing the WODs, but not improving at the same rate you have been. At this point, progress is more mental than anything else. You've found the first 'pain barrier', now you need to push through it. Convince yourself that moving hurts less than resting. Once you start to chip away at the mental barrier, the sky is the limit!

And lastly...experience the CrossFit community! If you go on trips, drop-in to a box! If you know of a local 'throw-down', go spectate, maybe compete. It's fun, and a lot of CrossFitters don't understand we're instantly in the 'in' crowd when you do CrossFit.