Name: David R. Whipple
Crossfitting how long? Since May of 2011
- Why did you start doing Crossfit? What were your goals?
My first exposure to Crossfit was in early 2011. On 05-Nov.-2010, my son, Spc. Blake D. Whipple was KIA, in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Two of his friends Colin and Alex Rogers, members of Crossfit Buffalo, asked and arranged for a WOD in honor of their fallen friend; became to be known as “Whip”. My wife and I attended the WOD as spectators. I was very impressed; however, not enough so to start Crossfitting myself. A couple of months later another son; Sean, told me he was doing a Tough Mudder to pay tribute to his brothers service and ultimate sacrifice. When I suggested that I join Sean in the endeavor; his response “Dad you’re really old for this.” The challenge extended; I asked what I should do to prepare for my first Tough Mudder. Sean responded; have you heard of Crossfit?, I responded yes and my next call was to David Rice. That being said; my goal was to get into Tough Mudder shape in order to complete the Tough Mudder Challenge with my son – by the way, mission accomplished and will be running my third Mudder this July. I may do one more Mudder next year just so I can say I did my fourth Tough Mudder at the age od 60. Will make that decision after completing the third Mudder.
- What were your first impressions? How have they changed?
My first impressions were very positive; I liked the diverse nature of the WODs, different day – different workout. I liked the fact that the instructors/coaches; particularly David and Doc J were really invested in my growth as a Crossfit member. I enjoyed the comradery amoung the members. The only change in impressions would be; that which I feel I can accomplish. Notwithstanding my constant complaining that I am “to old” for some of the exercise’s, I feel very capable doing each and every exercise; albeit scaled.
- What can you do now that you never thought you could?
The list is pretty long; however, here are some examples: rope climb, overhead squat (it is only a 65 lbs lift; however, when I began, couldn’t do a PVC overhead squat), hand stand push up (not full range of motion – getting there), not yet proficient, getting better; kipping pull up and toes to bar. One last note; only through constant encouragement from David and Dr. J, I do a full squat rather than the “old man” only half way down squat.
- How has your life changed since you started doing Crossfit? Metally/physically? Anything you did not expect?
Mentally I just feel better about myself. As Dr. J says; do more by 7:00 a.m. than most do all day. Physically, more stamina, stronger and I actually think I look better – “getting huge”.
- What is your favorite Crossfit Buffalo memory?
It’s actually two; after being a spectator at the first “Whip” WOD, my favorite memories were participating in the next two “Whip” WODs.