This week’s member spotlight comes to us in a package deal. We often see wives getting their husbands to start or vice versa, but here is one of the few brother combinations we have at the gym. Bryce and Bryan have been making their presence felt usually in the 5:30 or 6:30pm time slots bringing a drive and an energy that gets the whole class moving. With their continuous progress and advancement and desire to be better, the sky is the limit. No matter how tough the workout is, both of these guys get it done and they get it done together. Here is a look into how these two bothers came to know CrossFit and the effect that it has made in both of their lives.
How long have you been Crossfitting?
Bryce: My first workout was April 4th, 2010 – It was a burpees and pull-up combo workout and Casey told me to do 2 less rounds and fewer reps than everyone else and my first thought was that I would do the recommended # of reps and rounds right along with everyone else to show him how awesome I was. Needless to say, after the 2nd round I was more than happy to scale the reps and do less rounds than everyone else.
Bryan: I have been doing Crossfit for about 5 moths now. My brother Bryce and his wife Amy; they paid for my first 3 months to get me motivated to do Crossfit as a pay back for doing some handyman work around their house for them. I think it was a nice way to say that I needed to lose some weight.
How has Crossfit impacted your life?
Bryce: The changes Crossfit has made in me physically and mentally have been unbelieveable. There are so many things that I’m doing now that I couldn’t have imagined doing just a year ago (unassisted pull-ups, Oly lifts, wallballs). It has gotten me physically back into shape that I hadn’t been in since my college basketball days. Crossfit has also improved my mental outlook on life as well. I was starting the slow slide into being the out of shape, former athlete after knee surgery in 2007 and I didn’t really think I had the time, ability, or desire to do any type of physical activity other than the occasional round of golf, beer league softball, or pick-up basketball. Crossfit has changed that thinking and now I can’t wait for my next workout to see how hard I can push my body to do whatever crazy workout that the trainers have come up for that day that will leave me panting on the floor in a puddle of sweat.
Bryan: Crossfit has impacted me in my everyday life. It has given me a lot more energy for work and every day life. It make me feel so much better about myself after I get done with a class; the confidence I’ve gained as been awesome.
What keeps you going?
Bryce: The thought that I can always improve on something (DUs & muscle-ups…you’re next) or do something better/faster than I have previously (Oly lifts & hero/women WODs). The people of CFSF are another thing that always keep me motivated and make it fun to come to the box to workout. Must be something about sharing the physical misery of a WOD that brings people closer, either that or we just have really great people here.
Bryan: I like to try and beat my time from the time before and the motivation of my brother working out together. The support of the trainers pushing me to go as hard as I can to finish strong helps a ton as well.
Does the sibling thing push you?
Bryce: Not really, I’m more excited about having introduced Bryan into Crossfit and being able to workout along side of him than anything. But I would be lying if I said it didn’t bring me a little satisfaction when I lift more weight than he does when doing Oly lifts. He has always been stronger than me and I’m thinking its only a matter of time before his technique improves and he blows by me. Its always a tough pill for a big brother to swallow when little brother beats him in anything, so I will take the satisfaction while I can.
Bryan: It’s great getting to do work out with my brother. I think that we both push each other and give tips to one another to help us out. Like brothers we always are trying to out do each other. Trust me, as the younger brother I like to let him know that I finished a work out faster or lifted more than he did.
I think that’s how I would handle it if my little brother were to work out here. I would be happy for his success and his gains, all the while making sure that I could still keep somewhat of an older brother advantage! The progress you’ve both been making has been really impressive to watch. Keep inspiring others and keep up the great work guys!