Congratulations to our February Athlete of the Month, Joe “Cardio” Tyson! Joe was one of our first official CFNC members and we are glad to have him with us on the ride. He’s been putting in hard work over the past 7 months and hitting lots of PBRs. Keep ’em coming Joe!
Joe “Cardio” Tyson’s Athlete Profile:
What makes you, you?
My inability to half-ass most things. I really enjoy going all out towards my goals. I’m just not very good at doing things mediocre and it’s not a good feeling for me. Examples include my love of max lift attempts, my willingness to push till I’m at or near tossin’ my cookies, and going cold turkey when I’m trying to clean up bad habits (quitting soda or alcohol for example). I really enjoy pushing myself and when it comes to Crossfit I really like that it pushes me and all that I really need to do is get to the gym on time.
Describe your experience at CFNC.
My experience at CFNC has been wonderful. I enjoy the people and the atmosphere that I get to visit 5-6 days a week. Craig and Cara have been very supportive and bring an excellent attitude and knowledge to the box everyday that helps put this box/gym above the others.
What has been your favorite CrossFit moment thus far?
My favorite moment in recent memory would be at the Christmas Throwdown when I was asked if I really wanted 265 on the bar for the ‘Max Clean’ workout because I wouldn’t be able to lower the weight. I enjoyed showing the Judge what was up. Also having the entirety of the CFNC contingent yelling quite loudly right next to me was an exhilarating experience.
What are your major life goals?
1) I’d like to make the jump to Senior Developer at work this year or next.
2) Make eating healthier a habit and lifestyle.
3) And maybe figure out what I really want to get out of life? (Too deep?)
What are three of your current CrossFit goals?
1) Maintain or slightly improve strength this year (I have a large list of lifts and weights that I won’t bore you with).
2) Slim down to a better, healthier weight.
3) Improve my ‘cardio’ as I think it’s my biggest weakness. This isn’t a very concrete goal, but I think I’ll feel it when I get there. (Eating healthier has already made a number of recent WODs feel and go more smoothly than I expected).
What is your favorite WOD?
1 rep max deadlift, back squat, front squat, clean, or snatch. There’s something about walking up to a heavily loaded bar, at a weight you haven’t lifted before and attacking it with a mixture of pure strength, the correct mental attitude, and weeks/months/years of technical practice.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don’t tend to look that far in the future given that I’m a bit indecisive and I get into things obsessively for short periods of time. I expect to still live in the area doing Crossfit to maintain my strength and fitness though.
What is your favorite “cheat” meal?
A Park Pizza Co Calzone (The Carolina, Turkey Club, or Firebird) is my stay-at-home delivery choice. If I’m going out on a Saturday after Crossfit then my preferred cheat meal would be a trip to Mozzo Deli in Mount Pleasant getting the ‘Fatboy’ or ‘Breakfast Burrito with sausage’ and a container of their pimento cheese pasta salad. On a special night out I like to go to some of the fancier dinner places downtown, FIG was my favorite until recently when I tried Circa 1886 for the first time.
What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?
I would like to meet my own expectations of myself in terms of fitness and body-image and hopefully just help other people on their journey through encouragement and feedback.
What is the most challenging aspect of CrossFit?
The most challenging aspect of Crossfit for me is the mental toughness required to succeed. I think everyone has a few roadblocks mentally that hold them back. I myself have a certain fear of muscle ups, I have the strength, the technique, but just getting on the rings is a challenge. Another mental roadblock personally is changing the attitude of my internal coach. When I say that, I mean the internal monologue that sometimes says, ‘oh just take a few seconds and catch you breath’ or ‘there is no way you can do another rep’ and changing that advice to be, ‘just give me one more rep’ or ‘Do not stare at the bar, keep moving’. Lucky for us at CFNC, we have coaches, friends, and peers all pushing us to be better and try just a bit harder than the day before.
Share a favorite recipe!
Honestly I’m not much of a cook. I’ve started working on it during our current Challenge though. Given that breakfast is the best meal of the day, I like to make myself breakfast burritos! My suggestions to make this slightly better: Tomato-Basil Wrap (it’s the best wrap), 4 or 5 eggs (protein for the gain train), 1/4 cup of cheese (turns out that’s what a serving of shredded cheese was…), Light Miracle Whip (need some tangy sauce), and salsa or hot sauce to your preference. It’s quick and easy which is what makes it perfect for me.