We love taking time each month to highlight an invaluable member of the Terminus family! This one has been with us since the very beginning… in fact, long before Terminus ever existed! Introducing our April Athlete of the Month, Tommy Greene.
Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since beginning CrossFit?
I will hit my 11 years of CrossFit in July of this year. I have trained the entire time with Ben as my main coach. The difference I have noticed in my body over the years has been amazing. I went from barely exercising most of my life to starting CrossFit at age 36 and have never looked back. CrossFit also provides a great stress relief for my extremely busy life. I am able to check out from the daily grind when I make it to the gym.
Q: How has CrossFit helped you outside the gym?
When I started CrossFit, I was overweight with no muscle and on the verge of needing to start medicine for cholesterol levels. After almost 11 years, I have never had to take those meds and continue to maintain my health goals outside of the gym.
Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you? Jennifer Eastman inspires me at the gym. She and David got me to try CrossFit in Decatur when it was still “Sonz” and her drive and desire to work hard and maintain her fitness make me want to continue to come to the gym every week. We have worked out together many times over these 11 years and continue to do so today. I am also inspired by Ben Benson. His care and dedication to make people better and live longer healthier lives is second to none.
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I am a licensed residential contractor in the state of Georgia and have a passion for renovation of historic homes. Last year we did a 1929 Mediterranean that was inhabited by a hoarder and I am currently working on a French Normandy Farmhouse designed by famed architect, Philip Shutze which had 175 year old oak tree fall through it last April. My wife of 20 years and I work on these projects together and it is great to see the finished product.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Don’t be afraid. I still seem to hear from people all the time that CrossFit is dangerous and people get hurt. This is so not true. I am almost 47 and have never had a serious injury (except for the one I will mention below) and before CrossFit, I never worked out.
Q: What are your top 3 memories in CrossFit?
1. 4 months in, I had a box jump mishap, which resulted in 20 stitches to my knee. I have a nice scar to show for it. 2. Completing Karen with a 20 pound Wall ball in under 12 minutes. I missed this mark during one of my early CrossFit Opens and it was nice to do it finally a while back. 3. My recent memory is finally starting to string together kipping pull-ups. I find myself able to get 8-10 pretty regularly lately.
Q: What’s your proudest accomplishment?
The fact that I have done CrossFit for almost 11 years. I really had never exercised before and it has changed my health and my life.
Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long-term CrossFit goals?
My long-term goal is to get that handstand pushup that I missed during the open this year. Short term is to maintain the consistency that I have had in 2019. I have spent more time in the gym this year than all of last year and that is the key to my goal of living a long healthy life.