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July ’16

July Athletes of the Month:

George and DLA


When did you start doing CrossFit?

We started CrossFit in October 2015.

What is my favorite WOD?


DLA– That seems like an oxymoron!  Actually I don’t have a favorite.  However, take out any rowing or running.

What is your least favorite WOD?


DLA– Anything that involves running or rowing!

What is your favorite lift?

Geo– Squat Clean

DLA– Back squat

What is your least favorite lift?

Geo– Dead Lift

DLA– Clean and Jerk

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Geo– Pizza and Beer (Beer? Can I say that?) Kettle chips and heck just read DLA’s and I’m on board.

DLA– Let’s see now…hotdog with jalapeños (no, make that 2 hotdogs); massive amount of kettle chips; cheese & grapes; peanut butter on crackers;  bottle of George’s home-brewed beer; finish it all off with some key-lime pie.  I think that just about does it!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Geo– DLA and I make our home in Madison. We have been together since 2012. I am from Maine where my son and daughter live. I retired in 2002 from a law enforcement career and then practiced law for ten years. DLA is from Hattiesburg and works as an accountant. We both attend First Ridgeland Baptist Church where we lead a Lifegroup.

DLA– Married to George.  I don’t have any human children, just 2 of the canine variety.  I am an accountant and work in Fondren.  No sports at all.  George and I like to do projects together; I dream it and he makes it a reality!

What were you doing before Crossfit?

Geo– Sitting on the couch eating chips and getting fat suffering from a bad back and pains due to lack of exercise.

DLA– See favorite meal above with the addition of occupying the sofa.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

Geo– That I was not going to be able to catch my next breath. The next day I was so sore.

DLA– Good gosh!  And I’m paying for this?

What were your goals when you joined Coyote?

We both wanted to get healthy and physically fit. Just joining a typical gym has never done that for me. At CrossFit you have personal coach and a daily workout that is accomplished as a team effort. It works!

Have you achieved any of these goals?

Yes and I have lost weight, become health conscious, and gained muscle mass.

Has Crossfit affected your life outside of the gym?

Geo– Definitely! Hunter told us we are the oldest members and I personally want to age gracefully without the need for assisted walking devices or develop diabetes due to a poor nutritional lifestyle that I have control over. You start your day exercised and refreshed, it is a great feeling.  I feel better about myself and that reflects in my daily interactions.

DLA–  I suppose I just overall feel better physically.

Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time at Coyote?

Geo– I almost walked out the first time I visited. When I walked into the gym to inquire about CrossFit I saw Claudia (Coach) working out. Of course she had zero percent body fat and I thought “wow” no way can I do this or fit in here when in reality CrossFit was precisely what I needed. I stayed and I am thankful I did.  To date I have lost about 30 pounds and gained muscle mass. I can walk on my bad hip without as much pain and I have overall better mobility no matter what work I am doing. I no longer go to bed with a bad back or leg pains.  I could not perform pull-ups without bands and today I can do them without assistance.

DLA– As much as I dislike running, I am getting better!

What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?

Geo– CrossFit works because the program is not left up to you to figure out. You have coaches who walk you through the exercises and you work as a group or team, which in turn builds group cohesion and friendship.  I saw a t-shirt at one of the competitions that sums it up. “Your workout is our warmup.”

DLA– I highly recommend Coyote Crossfit.  I don’t know exactly what I thought it was going to be, but it is 10 times better.  I do know I thought it would be terribly intimidating, but on the first workout that thought was quickly dismissed.   George and I are the oldest ones there, as far as I know, and I would encourage “seniors” to give it a try!  It is also fun to work out with your spouse, having that resident accountability partner.  There is such a feeling of community and family.  The coaches are fabulous!  And I have NEVER had this feeling going to a gym, but I actually look forward to going every day.

Tell us something we might not know about you?

DLA– Hmmmm….. Well I rode a camel while at the pyramids of Giza.

Geo– I never rode a camel and I never want to!