We have so much love for our community, and want to take the chance to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work – if you haven’t met Kelvin yet (or even if you have), make sure to give him a big smile and high five next time you see him at the gym!
Here is a little about Kelvin’s journey through CrossFit so far:
I used to be a competitive swimmer. After moving back to GA for a new job, trying to find groups to swim with had become very difficult without driving really far or waking up really early. I am not a morning person, and I had also become bored with swimming laps. In 2011 one of my co-workers had an art show hosted at her gym in Marietta – CrossFit on the Square (MVMNT). I had never seen a gym like that before, and I liked the description that they gave of what CrossFit was. I signed up for an intro/elements class.
I remember my first workout was a baseline workout of 500m row, 40 air squats, 30 situps, 20 pushups, and 10 pullups. My legs and arms were sore for days. I was hooked! I like that CrossFit workouts are different everyday, classes are only an hour, and I also like the variety of movements. The community aspect is great, and it’s a nice to make new friends if you are new to the area.
Q: Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Edison, NJ.
Q: What class do you attend?
I usually attend the 7:30PM class after dinner. I work from home, and sometimes I go to the other classes during the day.
Q: Do you have a favorite workout or movement? Least favorite?
I like doing bodyweight movements, so Cindy is one of my favorites.
My least favorite is probably the 14.5 Open workout of 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of: thrusters (95/65 lb). and burpees over bar.
Q: What’s your favorite hobby, pastime or interest outside of work (other than CrossFit)?
My wife and I play Destiny 2 together on xbox one. She also does cosplay, and we will work on a prop or costume together in our free
time. We do some woodworking projects here and there as well. We built our bookshelves, closet shelving, outdoor sectional, and bed together.
Q: Favorite music to work out to or just listen to in general?
My favorite music to work out to just needs to get the blood flowing, something fast and loud, Marshall’s mix usually is a good for that.
Once the workout starts, I usually don’t hear the music anymore.
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I am a medical animator. I went to graduate school for medical illustration at the Medical College of Georgia. I took med school classes and honed my skills in illustration. It was there where I was introduced to medical animation as a field.
Medical animation is the combination of medical illustration, visual effects, and 3D animation in the visual storytelling of medical
topics. Our clients are usually agencies working with Pharma, and our animations are used for marketing and advertising. You can find examples of our work on our site https://vesselstudios.com/
Q: Favorite Atlanta Restaurant?
It is tough to pick. I like a lot of the Guy Wong restaurants: Ton Ton Ramen, Miso Izakaya, Le Fat. I also like Octopus Bar, Tasty China, 92 92,and Local Three.
Q: Favorite moment at CF Terminus?
One of my favorite moments was PRing my back squat by 40 lbs, and finally snatching my bodyweight a few months after coming back from injury. It was a big surprise. The coaches at Terminus have always been very helpful and supportive through any of my needs to modify movements and workouts.
Q: How has CrossFit affected your life (inside/outside of the gym)?
The stimulus from CrossFit is so varied and intense. I think that muscle soreness is pretty pervasive theme over the past few years.
Since starting CrossFit, I feel more ready for many everyday physical challenges. For example, this year I ended up carrying a 27 lb toddler for 6+ miles everyday for a week in Toronto, and loaded and moved hundreds of lbs of lumber.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
I would advise that they expect to be sore and tired the days after, to acclimate to the intensity, be patient in learning the movements, listen to the coaches, and stay consistent in training.
Thank you, Kelvin, for being such a consistent member in our community! We appreciate and want to celebrate your progress and persistence – thank you for trusting us to help you stay moving through your injury. Keep up the hard work and continue spreading your quiet positivity – it is contagious!