As a new CrossFit Box, we are all getting to know each other and building that tight community we always envisioned. Each month we will be profiling 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.
December 2017 Athlete of the Month: Aaron McElhattan
Why we chose Aaron:
At CrossFit Grail, one of our core values is giving back to the community. We do this through our desire to increase people’s quality of life through fitness. We also give back to our community by fundraising and raising awareness. Aaron embodies this core belief.
Aaron is a pretty quiet guy. He works out at 5:30am most mornings, but he can also be found faithfully attending each Saturday. He looks forward to the partner WODs. Most of you will be familiar with Aaron, or at least familiar with his supportive words.
Aaron’s life is full of selfless behavior, which includes serving as a school administrator at Fox Ridge Middle School. Many people say that a job in education is heroic. I am not going to go down that road, but I will say that if you want to get as close to combat in the civilian world, try stepping into a middle school. Another admirable facet to Aaron is his support to his fellow fitness Questors. Aaron is a quiet man, but purposeful in his ability to inspire. Many a time we have seen him partner on Saturday’s with Alex, pushing Alex with his positive comments as he sets the example, always pushing himself.
In this age of me, me, me, we are proud to recognize a humble man who inspires us to continue to push ourselves and to keep doing our best to give back to our community.
Check out Aaron’s interview here.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in Colorado. My family means everything to me. I have my beautiful wife, Erin, and my two daughters Brenna and Audree. We enjoy hiking, spending time in the mountains, and running races together.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I started my CrossFit journey at Castle Rock CrossFit in 2010. I had a low self-image and was looking for a workout that I would stick to for more than a month. I loved my time there until I moved in 2013. I tried to maintain my fitness level by doing WODs at home and joining another gym with little success. I realized I needed the accountability and motivation that came with a CrossFit Gym. I found CrossFit Grail in June of 2017 and have enjoyed the community and reaching new levels of fitness.
What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
I ran occasionally, but didn’t do much.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
It is different all the time! I don’t get bored doing the same routine and all I have to do is show up. In addition, I enjoy the community atmosphere and how everyone supports you through the workout.
How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
In addition to feeling and looking better, I am open to activities that require a physical element.
What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
There are two things that motivate me to show up to WOD. First, I am motivated by my increased strength and fitness. Second, I know that my 5:30am rooster crew would likely call me out if I stop showing up. (Yes, that is correct!)
What are your 3 favorite CrossFit movements?
1. Handstand Push-UpS
3. Overhead Squats
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is going through life with my wonderful wife Erin and raising our two daughters together.
What is YOUR QUEST?
This month: I would like to get my first muscle up.
This year: I have never competed in the CrossFit Games and would like to this year.
This lifetime: I want to be a good fitness role model for my family. I realize my choices also have an impact on them.