March Athlete of the Month – Chuck

1. Tell us about yourself:

I’m Chuck Landry Jr. Married to the beautiful Lori Landry (who hasn’t given in to Crossfit just yet but she will). I’m a Gunner’s Mate in the Coast Guard. I’ve been in for 8 years. Originally from Morganza, Louisiana, our claim to fame is the movie Easy Rider. I love everything sports, I live to compete. I’m the guy who is up at 3 in the morning watching Team USA fencing yelling at the tv when I have zero idea what the rules even are (true story). I’m a baseball/soccer player turned Crossfit athlete. 

2. What made you start CrossFit? 

Honestly, a free breakfast. A buddy of mine bet me that if I went to a class he’d buy me breakfast. One, I don’t back down from challenges and two, I will take free food however I can get it. One year later and I’ve been doing this consistently ever since.

What has kept you doing it? 

Cause 30 year old me is in way better shape than 18 year old me. I love sports. I didn’t wanna believe it at first but I finally gave in to Crossfit being a sport. And when I started treating it like a sport I started to get better and I began seeing results. I was catching people in WODs who were better than me. I started strategizing how to approach each workout. 

Has your motivation changed from when you first started?

Absolutely. When I first started I was cherry-picking workouts. I usually never came on long run days or long chipper workouts, definitely not anything involving the bike. But I wasn’t getting any stronger or faster. I started getting out of my comfort zone. Going to every workout, entering in Crossfit competitions, stretching (who woulda thought). If you want something to change you gotta change something.

3. What is your favorite CrossFit movement, lift, or WOD?

I love bro-ing (and bro-ette-ing) out on 1 rep maxes. Nothing like yelling at each other to see how much weight we can toss up. I’ve come to love the olympic lifting side of Crossfit. And sprints.

4. Least favorite?

Any run over 200m. And the assault bike, but I think that one’s a given, nobody likes that thing. And ROMWODs, no amount of stretching will get me to sit on my heels.

5. What is the one tip you would give someone considering or is new to CrossFit?

Feed The Wolf. Stay Hungry. Whatever life gives you, Eat It Up. Go to the workouts every single day. Don’t let yourself get comfortable enjoying rest days, be excited to go workout. If you’re tired or sore, go with lighter weights and focus on form rather than your time. But go every day and take 1 day out of the week to reset your body. Push yourself, trust me the coaches know when your not giving it everything you got. If you aint dyin you aint tryin. NO ONE will give you shit if you bail out on a heavy lift or if you take a long time on a run. But people will give you shit if you make excuses not to try a lift or cherry pick workouts you don’t like or see a far run and not even try it. Treat Crossfit like NASCAR (I’m from the south so this is my best comparison). Find the person at the gym whose just a bit better than you and shake and bake. Then move on to the next person one at a time til you’re the standard at the gym. Talk some friendly smack, have fun, motivate each other. Start an addiction to gym shoes, spend hours shopping for jump ropes and knee sleeves, its fun. These people are the most motivating people I’ve ever met. All the big lifters want you to lift more than them and all the runners want you to be faster than them. It really is a community and I consider these people my family. Who Dat/Geaux Tigers!

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