CrossFit Experience: About 8 months, I started with Evolved Boot Camp in December last year.
Favorite WOD/Exercise: Burpees, deadlifts, and rowing. As far as wods go, I love doing partner wods and chippers.
Least Favorite WOD/Exercise: Overhead squats and push ups.
Check out what Garrett has to say about CrossFit, PRs and more below.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Garrett Barr, I'm 25, and i work at Anazao Community Partners in Wooster as a Youth Therapist.
Why did you start CrossFit?
I started crossfit mainly as a way to stay active and get in shape again. I ran cross country and track in middle and high school, but my legs just couldn't handle the long distance anymore. I also knew that joining an open gym wasn't for me, because by myself I won't stay motivated, so when I heard about crossfit it sounded ideal for me.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit?
The constant push for improvement, and the family-like friendships are the best parts for me. I'm introverted and self-critical, so having a place like 330 where i am comfortable talking to literally anyone and have people rooting for me and pointing out how well I did are huge for me.
What is a PR (Personal Record) that you are proud of?
I just did 14+10 for Cindy, which is a 3+ round PR since just a few months ago. And it's not exactly a PR, but I'm super stoked that my cleans and overhead movements are back to 100% weight after having an injury in my shoulder.
What motivates you to CrossFit?
I'm highly competitive, so improving PRs and aiming to do as well as friends who can lift more/do the work faster than me is a great motivator. Every day I'm there I'm trying to lift more, finish faster, or Rx a movement better than I did last time.
What goals would you like to achieve in the next year that CrossFit can help you with?
My main goals right now are to build strength in my upper body and core.
What would you tell someone who was thinking about starting CrossFit, but was nervous or scared?
It's the best decision I've made since I quit running. And I'm not sure it's possible to find a better group of people to spend your week with. But if you're really that nervous about it, just sign up for a month or drop in for a few days. Worst case scenario if you somehow don't like it - you meet some awesome people and you're out a few bucks. It's worth a shot.