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March ’16

March Athlete of the Month:

Neal Carroll 




When did you start doing crossfit?

I started CrossFit about a year and a half ago.

What is my favorite WOD?

I like the moderate to long WODs like Filthy 50 and Murph. I like partner WODs too.

What is your least favorite WOD?

I know Fran is the usual suspect. She isn’t very nice. I’m not a big fan of workouts that have heavy hang cleans either.

What is your favorite lift?

When it all goes well I’d say the squat snatch.

What is your least favorite lift?

Thruster. It is two lifts combined into one—that’s cheating. Box jumps haven’t been good to me either.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Tie between Keifer’s and cheese pizza with ranch.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in the Jackson area. I’m 27, single (much to my parents’ dismay) and I graduated from Ole Miss. I’ve got a younger brother who is currently a missionary in Southeast Asia. I’m an analyst for a trucking company that hauls hazardous chemicals used in the oil and gas industry. I grew up playing soccer, but I like to watch or play almost any sport.

What were you doing before Crossfit?

Growing an impressive gut on the couch.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

I honestly don’t remember my first WOD. But I would guess my thoughts were the same as the thoughts I still have after a WOD today—that hurt but I’m glad I did it and I want to do it again.

What were your goals when you joined Coyote?

My only goal at the start was to stick with it for six months. Before Coyote, no workout routine I’d tried had lasted more than a month or two.

Have you achieved any of these goals?

Yes, 18 months and counting!

Has Crossfit affected your life outside of the gym?

Absolutely, in more ways than I have space to describe here. It has affected my relationships, my job, my thought patterns and so much more. Every time I come into the gym, I have to face myself and decide mentally how hard I want to push. CrossFit has taught me discipline. Best of all, what I’ve learned and developed through CrossFit has translated over to my relationship with God. I’ve grown closer to Him and that has been such a blessing.

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

Sure—doing pull ups without bands, finishing my first Rx workout, hitting my first muscle up. Some of my favorite memories are from the Saturday morning classes. I always laugh when I think of a big Saturday morning class getting after it and pushing hard, loud music going, and there is Coach Chris at the front of the room motivating us with his little girl Kennedy strapped to his chest in one of those baby holders. To me, that is a perfect picture of Coyote being a big family.

What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?

I’d first tell the person to leave the fear of judgment at the door. Nobody cares what kind of shape you are in. Then I’d tell them to listen to the coaches and do everything they say so that they learn exercises with the proper form. Take it slow and eventually you will reach a point where going to the gym is one of the best parts of your week.

Tell us something we might not know about you?

I like to read and write and I’m a closet nerd. Nothing better after a tough workout then to go lay on the couch and play some video games or read some nerdy books.