August 2018 Athlete of the Month

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August 2018 Athlete of the Month

As a growing CrossFit box, we are all getting to know each other and building that tight community we always envisioned.  Each month, we profile a CrossFit Grail Athlete that is interesting and inspirational. A person that demonstrates a positive attitude, shows up every day and puts their heart and soul into their workout, never gives up, cheers everyone on and is passionate about the CrossFit Grail Community. And someone who is pretty cool! Although we think everyone has these qualities, we can only pick one.

August 2018 Athlete of the Month: Brett Snyder

Why we chose Brett:

When Brett started at CrossFit Grail almost a year ago, he knew he would be having shoulder surgery soon after. Brett returned a very short time after surgery, still in a sling. We scaled and modified every workout so he could work on other areas while doing physical therapy to get his shoulder ready to get back to CrossFit. Brett had such determination and such a positive attitude the whole time – he never gave up or said he would just sit it out for a few months. Now he is out of the sling, doing every movement and getting stronger every day. Brett just did the Manitou Incline with the Grail Questers and will be doing another Tough Mudder this month. Congratulations, Brett!

Check out Brett’s video interview here

Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a Colorado re-plant.  I was born in Denver (July 1958), but grew up mostly in Orange County, CA.  After high school, I spent four years in the US Navy on a guided missile cruiser stationed out of Charleston, SC. After the Navy I worked for a defense contractor for 5 years then went to work for a company that manufactured Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems.  I did this for 14 years. I met my wife Marchell (born and raised in Pueblo, CO) at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation while installing an AFIS system for them. We lived together for some time and got married in 1989 at the chapel on the DU campus. We moved back to Denver (from California) that same year. We have three great kids (Breanna, 26, Christopher, 24, and Emily, 21). I worked in the medical devices industry for two different companies for another 18 years and am now working as a general manager for a refrigeration and design business. I enjoy riding my bike, making pottery (although haven’t done this in a while), and watching movies.

How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I got started in November of 2015 when my daughter Breanna (a Level 1 coach at CrossFit DNR in Fort Collins) convinced me to give it a try. Aside from periods recovering from knee and shoulder surgeries, I’ve been enjoying it pretty much non-stop since then.

What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
Mostly occasional bike riding, hiking, etc. but nothing as regimented as CrossFit.

What do you like most about CrossFit?
I enjoy the variety of the workouts; they keep you engaged and working different parts of your body.  Also, the encouragement from other athletes keeps you going.

How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
I have benefitted in all areas. In addition, I would have never thought about doing some of the things I do without the benefits I’ve received from my workouts (like doing the Tough Mudder, hiking the Manitou Incline, etc.)

What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
Despite how challenging and demanding a workout is, I always feel better (physically and emotionally) after a workout. The sense of accomplishment is highly motivating.

What are your 3 favorite CrossFit movements?

  1. Deadlifts
  2. Rope Climbs
  3. Box Jumps (believe it or not – ha ha).

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
I just turned 60 on July 30 and to be able to do CrossFit at my age is, in my mind, a big accomplishment.

What is YOUR QUEST?
This month: Trying to get as many work outs in as I can.
This year: I want to get back to the level of fitness I was at before my rotator cuff surgery in October of last year.  Also, I plan to run my third Tough Mudder in August.
This lifetime:  I would like to hike a 14’er, run a 10K and do a century ride (100 miles) on my bike.

Check out Brett’s video interview here