Our July Athlete of the Month for Ole Glory CrossFit goes to Mr. Kirk Schexnaider. Kirk is 34 years old and is married to Katie Schexnaider. Together they have three sons, Cole, Ashton and Kaiden. During his non-CrossFitting hours he is a Realtor by day and a baseball dad by night.
Kirk has been a member with us since January 2015. He first heard about Ole Glory through a few individuals he did business with. At the time he was unhappy with his current workout regiment, out of shape, and since it was the beginning of the year he figured why not check it out. His first night of On Ramp classes was not exactly what he expected. First, a “swole guy”, Beau, took his information and questioned his fitness history, then a “skinny chick”, Natalie, took his measurements and “pre” pictures. All of this was followed by his first WOD. He doesn’t quite remember the details of the WOD but he does recall that there were multiple rounds of rowing, which unfortunately made him sick when he got home. He says that this was the first and last time a WOD has made him sick.
Over the years Kirk’s focus has been to one day be able to complete every CrossFit movement multiple times in a WOD. Growing up he didn’t have much of a sports background so many of these movements are relatively new to him. Before CrossFit he may have only touched a barbell a handful of times, but these days he seems to really be excelling at Olympic style lifts. Squat cleans are his favorite! Keeping his focus these past three plus years has pushed him to get his first Bar Muscle Up and he continues to work towards mastering the Ring Muscle Ups, Pistol and Handstand Push Up. As long as he doesn’t have to workout alone, Kirk says any WOD is a great workout!
Performing well at CrossFit is just a plus for Kirk. He really enjoys the benefits of being fit. He has been both skinny and overweight and disliked the way it made him look. Although Kirk claims he has a “dad bod” he says it’s “a good medium” for him. Being active has taught him the importance of taking the time to properly care for your body and hopes it gives his kids the same drive to live a healthy lifestyle. Since beginning his journey at Ole Glory, he has lost about 40 pounds and dropped 4 pant sizes and 2 shirt sizes. Way to go Kirk!
Kirk says that the community of friends he has made throughout his years of CrossFit has made him strive to be his best every day. “They motivate you to be a ‘better you’ than when you showed up.” His words of advice for beginners are to “just show up and do what you can and everything else will come along. If you don’t show up, you won’t get better and if you have any questions just ask because the person next to you wants you to be better too!” He believes everything in life is so much better when you’ve “Earned it”, whether that be a degree, money or a starting position on the team.
Congratulations and keep up the great work, Kirk! You’ve definitely “Earned it”!