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June ’17

June Athlete of the Month:

Guy Collins

When did you start doing CrossFit?

I began CrossFit on May 13, 2014 at Coyote CrossFit, in its original building.

What is my favorite WOD?

My favorite WOD is “Murph”.  Some may seem this very strange, since I was the last one to finish “Murph” on Monday (May 29, 2017), my first experience with this WOD.  I was the last one to finish but found it to be one of the most grueling and rewarding workouts that I have ever endured, including the 7 marathons which I have completed.

What is your least favorite WOD?

My least favorite WOD is 100 burpee pullups.  I don’t know if there is a name for it.  If not, I would name it “Survive”, “Suck It Up”, “Pain”, “Horror” or something of the sort.

What is your favorite lift?

My favorite lift is Deadlift.

What is your least favorite lift?

My least favorite lift is “Strict” Overhead Press (because of rotator cuff surgery on both of my shoulders).

What is your favorite cheat meal?

My favorite cheat meal is almost every dessert known to man.  I like almost all of them and can eat enough of them for a meal and have done so before.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a graduate of Ole Miss and am a Special Agent with the MS Highway Patrol Bureau of Investigation (MBI).  I graduated Ole Miss in 1994 and the MHP Patrol School in 2000.  I am 47 years old and have a great immediate family, which consists of being married to the best woman I know, Karla, and having the greatest child I know, Daisy.  I played baseball and football through high school, and my hobbies include playing with my family, golf, hunting, fishing, carpentry, snow skiing, CrossFit and jogging.  I am proud to call myself a Christian and thank the Lord daily for saving my soul.  I regularly attend and am a member of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

Before CrossFit, my workouts consisted of traditional weightlifting and jogging, hence the marathon running.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

The only thing I remember after my first WOD is that I was in really bad shape and had a long way to go to get into shape, after getting extremely humbled (as I still do on almost a daily basis in the 5:30 a.m. class that I attend at Coyote CrossFit).  Heck, I still cannot do everything Rx!!

What were your goals when you joined Coyote?

My goal when I joined Coyote CrossFit was not to have to have another back surgery, which I had approximately one month before joining, and to be able to jog again and to remain in great shape the rest of my life.  Coyote CrossFit has enabled me to jog again, and I remain back surgery free, due to the core strength I have obtained.

Have you achieved any of these goals?

I am still working on the third goal but have reached the first two.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

CrossFit has affected my life outside the gym in that my body and mind are stronger.  “The body fuels the mind” is no joke.  I can tell a difference in my attitude, state of mind and demeanor each day, in a positive or negative manner, in two ways:  1) Whether or not I have spent time with the Lord that day 2) Whether I went to CrossFit that morning or not.  There is a direct correlation between how my day goes, how I treat others and my outlook on my day with whether or not I went to Coyote CrossFit that morning or not.

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

My fondest memories at Coyote CrossFit, to date, are easy.  1) The comradery, encouragement and support I receive daily from the truly incredible staff and the 5:30 a.m. class (both awesome groups of people).  2) Watching the Coyote CrossFit Team in the 2017 South Regionals on YouTube, which made me want to strive to be in better shape and more hardcore.  3) The feelings I had this past Monday when I finished “Murph” of self-gratification and the humility from the greeting all of you gave me that were there, when I broke the plane of the side doors after my last mile run, which (by the way) Claudia ran alongside me after having already completing her “Murph” workout! (the Good Lord knows you waited long enough on me!!).

What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?

The advice I would give someone just starting out is to stick with it, trust the process that the staff has in place and listen to the staff when they tell you what to do (whether you like it or not).  Depending on strength and flexibility (I have learned the hard way and with some self-discouragement) going in, all one must do is stick with it and listen to the staff.  If one does those two things, one’s goals will be achieved and one’s mindset will strengthen.

Tell us something we might not know about you?

 Things you might not know about me, for which I have only myself to blame, is that my goals in life are simple.  Loving the Lord fervently comes first, love for my family comes next and working at my job as if working for the Lord comes last, along with loving my brother (neighbor) as the Lord loves me.  I am grateful for Coyote CrossFit’s staff and what they stand for.  In addition, I am grateful for the new friends that I have made through Coyote.