August 2020 Athlete Spotlight


August 2020 Athlete Spotlight

We had the Athlete Spotlight ready to launch for April 2020, but we all know what happened – COVID derailed many of our plans! But alas, we can now get back to business and announce the August 2020 Athlete Spotlight! But first, let’s remember this intro:

As a growing CrossFit box, we are all getting to know each other and building that tight community we always envisioned. 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, crushes their goals, 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 2020 Athlete Spotlight: Richard Loucks

Why we chose Rich:
When Rich first came to the Grail in February 2018, he was ready to change his life. He had already taken steps on his weight loss journey and was ready to add fitness to his health quest. To see Rich lose and maintain a nearly 80# weight loss, get his first pull-up (and probably thousands more since then), run a long distance with speed and ease, and get stronger to push more weight every day, he is quite an inspiration. So without further ado, here is more about Rich in his own words….

Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in Florida, where I spent most of my life in Bradenton, FL.  When I was four years old, I already knew that Florida wasn’t for me. I drew a picture of the mountains and told my family that’s where I was going to live. It took me 27 years, but I finally made it out to Colorado when I got a job with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller. Since coming to Colorado 11 years ago, I’ve added a wife, two wonderful children and a Great Dane to my crazy life. I enjoy all things geeky and horror, as well as reading and dabbling in writing. 

What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
Competitive Malted Hop Curls, and Crunch Taco Challenges. Basically, nothing. 

What do you like most about CrossFit?
Community, community, community. It’s what drives me to improve and be active. I cannot say enough about the community we have.

How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
I am doing things I have never thought I would be capable of. In the box, I’d say one of my biggest things was the first time I did a pull up. I remember dropping down from the bar and being shocked it actually happened. Out of the box, I’d say my favorite moment was running while on vacation in Florida, and exceeding a 5k without even realizing it. I can keep up with my kids and do things I never thought I’d be able to. 

What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
Community, and a desire to keep the hard-earned progress I’ve made. 

What are your 3 favorite CrossFit movements?
1. Running
2. Hang Snatch
3. Sit Ups
(You thought I’d say Box Jumps, didn’t you?!?)

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
My family: I have a wonderful wife who tolerates my nonsense, and even lets me decorate the house with my geekdom, and two amazing children who I consider myself lucky to come home to every day. 

This month: Prep for Festivus
This year: Double Unders, and keep my weight loss success
This lifetime: Publish a novel