Crossfit | CrossFit Springfield (MO)
I first heard of CrossFit in 2007 while I was in school at Missouri State University for Sports Medicine | Athletic Training. A good friend of mine, Bryce McDonald, who played football and had a successful career at The Naval Academy told me about it. Although I had no clue what I was doing, I went online and began trying WODs. Within a few weeks I was hooked. In 2008, I received my Bachelor's of Science and also my Level 1 CrossFit Coaching Certification. I then immediately had the choice of going the clinical route as an ATC healthcare provider or pursuing a career as a CrossFit affiliate owner/coach/athlete. I was more drawn to the idea of building a strong fitness-based community and business. I also had a greater interest in human performance, so I chose to pursue CrossFit.
MY "AHA" MOMENT
My "aha" moment took place in 2009 when I competed at my very first CrossFit Games Regional (The SouthWest Regional at the time). I hadn't trained seriously for the event - really I just showed up in Dallas, Texas and found myself competing against 130 of the best male CrossFitters from Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. I finished like 30-something place overall and afterwards had a fire ignited within me to dedicate myself to becoming a top competitor in the game. Going forward from Regional 2009, I made it a goal to qualify and compete in 5 straight CrossFit Games Regional competitions. In 2013 I accomplished this goal, placing twice in the top 35, twice in the top 12, and once in the top 10.
MY SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I draw inspiration from many things in my life. I'm inspired by my faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. In all I do, whether it's my family, in business, or as a competitor, my objective will always be to utilize the time, tools and gifts God has blessed me with to the best of my abilities and for His glory.
I also draw inspiration from my family and friends - whether it be my parents, my wife and children, or Co-workers, friends and athletes at CrossFit Springfield - they all motivate me to be the best version of me possible.
THE NEVER SETTLE ATTITUDE
It means don't do the bare minimum. Don't rest when there is still a task worth completing. It means to give an honest effort daily - not a false effort. It means #NoSlop.
I'm proud of both 12th place finishes and the 6th place Regional finish I achieved from 2011-2013. But as far as my CrossFit career is concerned, I'm probably most proud of having the opportunity to coach the 2011 CrossFit Springfield team that qualified and competed at the CrossFit Games World Finals in Carson, CA.
THE THING THAT KEEPS ME GOING
Run in such a way as to get the prize. Run with purpose in every step. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-26
You can't get the prize if you aren't willing to sacrifice, endure, and persevere. I am willing to do that.
THE END GOAL
I believe God gives each of us the exact amount of time, talent, energy, patience, and opportunity we need to accomplish everything that He has called to do in life. My goal is to continue to fulfill my life's purpose by diligently and passionately tackling any and every obstacle or blessing placed in my path.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up,totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming .... WOW what a ride."
~ Excerpt from "Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown"