July 14 marks the 5th Anniversary of True Spirit CrossFit. All this month we are celebrating our #5yearsstrong members. It's a very special and unique person who stays with CrossFit for as long as our OGs have. They have tenacity, a sense of humor, grit and they all know when to push and when to just celebrate getting to the gym. They are the leaders in our community and I hope they inspire you to be #5yearsstrong and beyond!
OG Matt Conner - Joined TSCF in Nov 2014
What was your fitness, CrossFit, or yoga "life" like before you started training with True Spirit CrossFit & Yoga.
Nothing, I had never heard of it. Mind you, this was back in 2008. My friend, Steve Rast, came to visit from CA who had some experience with CrossFit in the early days and noticed a new CrossFit gym had opened in Bozeman and asked if I wanted to try it out with him. The rest is history.
What brought you to True Spirit CrossFit & Yoga in the first place?
I had always liked Leslie's coaching so I thought it would be great, and it was, and it is!
What was the first thing fun or positive thing you experienced while training with us?
I had already done lots and lots of CrossFit workouts before coming to TSCF, but never much mobility. Even though mobility is still a huge challenge for me (as Coach Heidi reminds me of every class), it wasn't until I came to TSCF that it became a part of the daily workout routine. I think it really has helped me with being prepared for the WOD as well as decreasing soreness and recovery time.
Are you working on any special CrossFit related skill now?
Working on getting Muscle-Ups back!
How has you life changed since training with TSCF?
It's an overall happiness factor. When I get to come to CrossFit and hangout and workout with all the great people that go to TSCF it makes my day! It's so much fun having some friendly competition with everyone and knowing we are all becoming better and stronger athletes together.
What's your favorite True Spirit CrossFit memory?
One of the best is one of the most recent in January 2017. It was the 10k Row day for the last Row'd Royalty workout. I was really anxious about it since in the 8+ years of CrossFit I had never rowed a 10k. And, as an 8 year veteran of CrossFit, any workout over 20 minutes seemed really, really long. I came in to the usual lunchtime class I attend and Jennisse and I were the only ones in the class of the 5 or 6 athletes there rowing the 10k. We both got on our machines after a quick warmup, and without much fanfare, just started to row. It was great having someone next to me to row with (as is the case with every CrossFit workout). Shortly after starting the row I entered a "zone" trying to maintain a 2:00 per 500m pace knowing that would be a challenge to maintain for 40 minutes. I was able to do it and ended up finishing the 10k even a little faster in 39:42. It was kind of a resurgence for me in finding my inner mental toughness again, and it really felt great!
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