Get to know Brian C.
Where are you from/where do you consider home?
I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA but I consider Seattle home ever since I moved here for college. Go Huskies!!
What do you do for work?
I make dreams into a reality for kids in high school. I work specifically with low income and underserved youth in 11th and 12th grade as a college advisor and do what I can to get them to learn about, apply, and go to college or have some type of post high school plan. I work to match them up with mentors and make sure they understand that college is something that they can actually do and be successful.
Do you have a favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about what I do is that I work in a school, and every single day is different because I get to interact with so many people. High school students are a special bunch, and I’m just glad that I’m there to help them make positive decisions. I recently saw the first group of students I worked with graduate this past Spring and it was one of the greatest feelings to see them and their families achieve that milestone in life.
What does a typical weekend look like for you?
My weekends usually consist of going to FCF on Friday or Saturday and also playing in a basketball league on Sundays. There is always a family gathering or catching up with friends that is going on so I’m always busy. Ann-Marie and I also prepare for the week on Sunday (food prep, laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping) so I really enjoy the rare times when I have absolutely nothing to do. If I have nothing to do I’m probably playing video games, binge watching a series on Netflix, or trying to learn something new.
Tell us about how you got into CrossFit!
I started with FCF when it was in the smaller gym next door back in December of 2012. I knew Andrew and Sheena, (and Mark B, and Paolo S) and Ann-Marie somehow got me signed up for an orientation. My main goal was to just be a better overall basketball player by becoming stronger and faster and that’s how I got into it.
What was your experience in joining our gym?
I really liked the Foundations classes when I started. I appreciated being able to properly learn how to do things and being able to do things scaled. I never really worked out in high school (or college), I pretty much just played basketball, so it was great to see that there were many others in the same position learning along with me.
Since you started CrossFit, have you changed your nutrition? How was it before and what do you do now?
Yes! I feel that I understand my body a lot more and one of the biggest things that I’ve looked into is my diet. I’ve done Whole 30 before, I’ve done Paleo, I have counted my macros bro. I believe the biggest change is that I control my portions and no longer eat like I don’t know where my next meal will come from. It’s been like 4 years since I’ve eaten at a fast food restaurant chain (why would I with so many better places around Seattle?) and I don’t think I will any time soon. I eat whatever I want, just better at controlling it unless its donuts, blueberry lemon custard ice cream, or birthday cake cookies from Hello Robin.
Do you have a favorite exercise movement? Least favorite?
I grew to like all the “tall people” movements like wall balls because it is kind of like shooting a basketball and rowing because I can do one pull per calorie (almost). My least favorite is a tie between thrusters and sotts press because my arms are long and that bar gotta travel so much.
What’s your most recent PR?
My most recent PR was my 500th workout!! Other than that I think I PR’d my clean during one of the barbell club workouts.
Do you check the workout before coming in or do you just show up?
I used to check the workouts and cherry pick, then I stopped because I was giving myself too many excuses to not show up. I check them now because I want to be able to physically prepare (warm up properly) and mentally prepare by hyping myself up if it’s something like a Hero or Open workout.