11.2.17

Congrats to Max Sterling for becoming our November Athlete of the month! Max has been a huge part of our Noon class, he brings great energy to every workout and also sets the tone for our Noon crowd!!!!

What makes you, you?
I am a father of two, husband to one and an insanely talented car dancer. My family is and always will be my number one priority. I do admit that I can be slightly sarcastic and every once in while a comment or quip may not get caught by my “filter”.

Describe your experience at CFNC.
I came to CFNC a little over 2 years ago after the old box I was member of closed. It has been an amazing experience. The instruction, programming, and support is unmatched by any other gym I have attended.

What are your major life goals?
At 40 years old, I’ve been fortunate to check off several “Bucket List” goals. I’ve been happily married for 12 yrs., have two wonderful children and a job that allows me to spend my “Lunch Break” at the gym. I look forward to traveling, collecting T-Shirts from various boxes around the world.

What are your 3 major CrossFit goals?
Muscle Up
Handstand Walk
Rx King Kong

What has been your favorite CrossFit moment so far?
Being the most jacked Dad at my son’s soccer games and overhearing one of his friends say “Your Dad has huge muscles. My dad doesn’t have any muscles.”

What has been your favorite CrossFit WOD and why?
To be 100% honest, I don’t like any of them. I’ve been doing CrossFit for over 6 years and have never felt like singing the praises of a particular WOD. They all suck in their own way. But I guess there in lays the beauty. Each day you show up to the gym knowing that the next hour is going to suck ass. You share that suck with friends, who over time become family, then leave feeling proud of your accomplishments and supported in your friendships.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Let’s all remember I’m old. In 5 years, I hope not much has changed. I fully intend on continuing to be a fixture at Noon class.

Share a recipe for a favorite clean meal.
Grilled Brined Chicken with Roasted Broccoli and Brown Rice
Chicken Brine
Mix ¼ cup Salt, ¼ of Sugar in 8 cups of water – Stir until dissolved
Add boneless, skinless, trimmed chicken breasts – let sit for 1 hour
Remove Chicken and place on preheated grill. Cook over medium, medium-low heat until internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Roasted Broccoli
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
Cut up fresh head of broccoli and toss with pinch salt, pinch of pepper and light olive oil
Roast on cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes – Flip once ½ way through cooking
Brown Rice Casserole (Makes a lot – can easily be cut in half. Reheats well)
Sautee 3 cups brown rice and 2 eggs in skillet until dry
Place into large Pyrex dish, add 6 cups water and 1 tbs. of olive oil
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
Cover with foil and continue baking for another 30 minutes – Do not stir or poke

What is your favorite cheat meal?
Mellow Mushroom Pizza with Sausage and Pineapple
Anything with cinnamon sugar

What is the most challenging aspect of CrossFit?
Any movement that requires rhythm or coordination. Some may say I’m a tad rigid in my movements.

What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit?
Scale, Scale, Scale – A hallmark of CrossFit is that all the WODs are scalable to an athlete’s ability. Do not be intimidated by a workout, at the same time don’t push yourself past your abilities. Better to scale a work out today and be able to return tomorrow than to do too much and be out for 2 or 3 days recovering or worse injured.

What is your personal “walkout song” or anthem?
Anything by Rage Against the Machine

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