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, 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.
January 2019 Athlete Spotlight: Roger Fiedler
Why we chose Roger:
Roger started at CrossFit Grail in January 2018. He walked in the door and said “I want to join, I want to do CrossFit. What do I need to do to get started?” Roger was ready to commit to his fitness, and he sure did! In the last year, Roger lost 35 pounds and cut his CrossFit baseline workout time nearly in half. He even had his son join him at the Grail a few months ago! Roger has been committed, consistent and determined to stay healthy through his 50’s and beyond and is quite the inspiration, which is why he also earned the CrossFit Grail Rookie of the Year Award for 2018.
Check out Roger’s video interview here
Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in Ohio, Georgia, the Philippines (my dad did a few years of USAID work there), and Colorado. Went to CSU and got my bachelor’s in journalism. My wife Amy and I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 9 years, and that’s where our kids, Zoe and Lucas, were born. Amy’s an elementary school teacher and I’m the marketing and publications director for an education research and development organization. I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing – all the outdoorsy stuff. I’ve been hiking 14ers the last few summers and have goals for more in 2019.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started? Almost one year now. My first On Ramp class at Grail was on January 29, 2018. I had recently turned 50, was overweight, and had a feeling it was “now or never” time for me to get in shape. My nephew and brother-in-law had introduced me to CrossFit during the previous two years, dragging me along to a few free trial classes at their box in Fort Worth whenever I was down there for a family visit. I saw what it had done for their fitness, and I liked CrossFit’s coach-led instruction and workout variety, so I started looking for a box here at home.
What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
Ummm, not much. I’d occasionally jog around the neighborhood or go to the rec center and use the machines, but I didn’t really know what to do or how to get better on my own. Those first On Ramp WODs opened my eyes to how out of shape I really was.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
It’s the whole package: The community, the coaching, and the variety of movements and lifts we do. I love how everyone roots for each other, cheering and celebrating and motivating our fellow athletes. I appreciate the coaches’ attention to technique and performance, pushing me to give each workout my best effort. And to squat wider. And to get my weight more on my heels. And to keep my shoulders back and chest up. So much still to work on!
How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
I’ve lost 35 pounds and about 6 percent body fat this year and gained muscle. My clothes sure fit a lot better. I hiked Mt. Sherman this summer, and it was sooo much easier than my pre-Grail 14ers. That was definite proof of physical improvement.
What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
I have lots of room for improvement, especially with lifting technique and gymnastics movements. I want to get better, and the only way to get there is to keep showing up. Some of the motivation is also to just stay healthy through my 50s and beyond, preventing or forestalling some of the age- and weight-related issues too many of my friends, family, and co-workers deal with.
What are your 3 favorite CrossFit movements
What every tall person likes:
1. Rowing, rowing, and rowing!
2. Cleans and/or clean-and-jerks
3. Farmer carry’s
and/or weighted box step ups are pretty good, too.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
Seeing my kids become thoughtful, smart, and happy teenagers has been pretty dang fulfilling.
What is YOUR QUEST?
This month: Get my eating back on a healthier track. Christmas was delicious, but it’s time to put down the carbs and desserts.
This year: Sign up for the (CrossFit) Open and compete well (I didn’t do it last year…too new, didn’t understand). Hike the Decalibro Combo in one day (Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross). Run a 5k for the first time.
This lifetime: Learn to play bass guitar. Travel more, combining it with attending an Olympic Games…maybe Paris 2024?
Check out Roger’s video interview here