Congratulations to Bradon Childs! He is our December athlete of the month. Keep up the positive attitude and great energy!
Athlete of the Month: Bradon Childs
What makes you, you?
People. I truly enjoy being around people. In contradiction to popular belief, I have always been an extremely close listener and very empathetic towards folks. So, in turn, I realize that being good-humored, encouraging and upbeat is always more accepting around others compared to being off-putting, especially in a CrossFit gym. The Golden Rule is something I live by.
Describe your experience at CFNC.
“CrossFit North Charleston is exactly what the logo says, “Fitness Rooted in the Community.” Includes a majority of athletes that are all there to gain knowledge of a fitter life, but seem to really care about each other’s success more than there own. Cara and Craig are serious about their vision and I am a true believer. Since my first day as a member I have become stronger with my form and more “flexible.” (I’d like to say I have become more flexible since becoming a member, but “Tomatoe, Tomato,” let’s just say never in my life I’ll be at a point where I will be “too flexible.”)
These two OWNERS have ALL the patience in the world and take time to help athletes grasp a strong understanding of how to become a fitter person. Cara and Craig (as well as supportive CFNC members) helped break down a double under to me since the first time they noticed my weakness. Now when I say, “break down” I mean they literally gave me pointers for nearly four months until I got the movement down pat! They didn’t give up on me, ignore me, tell me to keep working on it by myself, however, they encouraged me. The best part about the first time I figured it out, they both were there to witness my very own success. Letting them see it meant more to me than me getting the damn double under. I know, a small-scaled accomplishment, but for me it was HUGE. I owe it all to them.
CFNC shows genuine care to whoever walks through their door. In less than one year this gym does more for its members than it honestly realizes. I am proud to be a member of the CFNC family.”
What has been your favorite CrossFit moment so far?
I always love seeing someone succeed after really working hard to perfect, or just even accomplishing a movement. Seeing athletes struggle at a movement and finally accomplishing it makes it ALL the more gratifying!
For example, last Saturday when Marika got a muscle up for the first time, this was one of those moments. I remember seeing her mess around with the motions here and there for a couple of weeks. Then, on Saturday she was just trying it over and over and she GOT IT! Everyone stopped, cheered her on, and just went crazy. It was awesome to say the least.”
What are your major life goals?
Achieve my Juris Doctor degree by graduating from Charleston School of Law and pass the Virginia Bar Exam. FYI, I am a candidate for all of these feats in 2016. CrossFit is the best thing for keeping a schedule, especially for a college student balancing a challenging education, workouts and down time. A little bit of balance supports a healthy life.
What are your three major CrossFit goals?
1. In the good words of Lenny, “…become as flexible as Craig Jones!!” which I think goes hand in hand in becoming comfortably fluid with each and every CrossFit movement,
2. Work on my Gains/Lift Heavier, and
3. Achieve my Level 1 Certification.
What has been your favorite CrossFit WOD and why?
“The Seven” is the first workout that really made me realize how deceiving CrossFit really is. I realized quickly that CorssFit is the hardest workout I’ll ever love. I have done this workout about 4 times in my life and it strictly is a love-hate relationship.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would like to be in a comfortable position counseling clients and working for the greater good as a practicing attorney. However, my job will never be too demanding where I am unable to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, which includes CrossFit.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
You name it, I will eat anything. I have a huge soft spot for Habachi and Sushi, any type of seafood dish, burgers, Duke’s Barbecue in Walterboro, SC (best damn barbecue in the state), any type of pizza, cookies, pies, ice cream (I love sweets), summer venison sausage, the list goes on and on …
What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?
FLEXIBILITY and forever being connected to an exceptional group of good people, just like those at CFNC.
What is the most challenging aspect of CrossFit?
Share a recipe for a favorite clean meal.
Avocados, eggs and bacon with a little hot sauce. Simple, I know, but the combination is so good. I have literally spoiled myself with this almost every morning for the past year and a half.