Congrats to our November athlete of the month “Will Hightower”!! This dude comes in and brings the heat everytime! We love having him in our classes and commend his hard work and dedication!

What makes you, you?

I don’t spend any time or energy on things I don’t want to be doing.  I’m honest with people, and try to be as honest with myself as I can.  I do get a little over optimistic sometimes though.  I’ve never thought about what makes me, me..  I’m just me, I guess.


Describe your experience at CFNC.

Outstanding!!!  It’s my favorite place to be when I’m not at home with my family.  I enjoy the programming, the coaching is excellent and the community is supportive and fun.  5:15 in the afternoon is my favorite time of the day! 


What are your major life goals?

To raise my children to be honest, hard-working women that believe in themselves and aren’t afraid to take a chance and go after what they want.  Also, to remain healthy into my senior years and enjoy retirement and spending time with my girls (and hopefully still working out a little).    


What are your 3 major CrossFit goals?

  1. I would like to improve my mobility (I missed qualifying for “Fittest Of The Coast”, but I could probably win “Stiffest Of The Coast” for sure) 
  2. Snatch my body weight (#1 will help with this one)
  3. Get my children involved.  They would have so much fun and would never let me forget it if they beat me in a workout.

What has been your favorite CrossFit moment so far?

I don’t really have a favorite moment in the gym.  I enjoy every single day I’m there.  But one of my favorite moments related to Crossfit would be when my doctor told me I no longer needed blood pressure or cholesterol medication.  I have hereditary high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  I had been on medication for them since my late twenties.  So, to be 42 years old and have this happen, I don’t think I can top that.  Crossfit, and the coaching I received, changed my life in a way that nothing else (other than medication) could.  But I guess if I had to pick an actual moment in the gym, I do remember trying to get a bar MU for about 8 months.  Then, one day, I accidentally got one.  That was a really good feeling.


What has been your favorite CrossFit WOD and why?

Cindy – I’m 5’9 / 175 – that workout was designed specifically for a guy like me.  There’s no skill (or flexibility) needed.  Just body weight movements, and your thoughts.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Still living in Summerville, still working in the construction industry, still coming to CFNC.  My wife calls me “Creature Of Habit”.  She’s right.  When I find something I like, I don’t go looking for something else.


Share a recipe for a favorite clean meal.

Well, I don’t really cook, and my time management may not always be in line with preparing meals, but my go to meal as a “Creature Of Habit” is:

1 cup of chicken (rotisserie chicken from the grocery store cut up and measured)

1 cup of brown rice

10 olives (gotta get my fat in)

Maybe a little soy sauce if I don’t have any olives

1 apple w/ 3 tablespoons of peanut butter on the side


What is your favorite cheat meal?

1 Large Pizza – consumed in 1 meal


What is the most challenging aspect of CrossFit?

For me, it’s the amount of mobility needed to accomplish certain skills and lifts.  Gymnastics and Olympic Weightlifting are really tough.


What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit?

Try your best to not be nervous or self-conscious about who you are or how fit you are.  Nobody (at CFNC) will ever be judging you for who you are or what you look like.  You will notice pretty early on that everyone is helpful and pulling for you and want to see you keep coming back and succeed at what you’re trying to accomplish.  Most likely, your reason for coming to the gym is the same as every other individual.  To be a better you.  


What is your personal ‘walkout song’ or anthem?

If I had a walkout, most likely it would be something similar to Apollo Creed’s entrance in Rock IV, with lights, fireworks and flashy clothes, only the song would be “Holy Diver” by Dio.


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