July 2020 AOTM: Anthony Hutchens
We have so much love for our community, and enjoy highlighting one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work. During the COVID closure, Anthony worked out every day in Grant Park. Since we’ve re-opened, he’s been back in class almost every day. We admire his consistency, and although he might be quiet at first, getting to know him has revealed a man of great character and a relentless pursuit of success. Get to know Anthony here, and make sure you say hello and fist bump him next time you’re at the gym!
1. How long have you been doing CrossFit? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since beginning at Terminus?
I’ve been doing CrossFit for the past 9 months. As a result, I’ve noticed that working out consistently helps to detox my mind and thoughts. I’ve also noticed that I am more patient and peaceful.
2. How has Terminus helped you outside the gym?
Terminus has helped me build more patience and tolerance. This is applicable in my fitness and personal life. I am slower to react to situations that would normally bother me.
3. Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Seeing the dedication of fellow CrossFit members and staff, the work they put in, and all who have perfected trained movements in CrossFit inspires me. This keeps me motivated to not let injuries or fatigue cloud my mindset or discourage me from being able to perfect all trained movements and workouts. Being among the best encourages me to reach my maximum potential.
4. What is something that we may not know about you?
Outside of my gym life, I’m a very involved community member, an influential person to the youth and adults in my community, and I am very active in multiple organizations in South Fulton and City of Atlanta as a mentor for youth and helping incarcerated youth. One of my main goals is to leave a footprint in my community and to reach back and help those coming up.
5. Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
If I were to give advice to someone trying CrossFit for the first time, I would tell them “Don’t give up! CrossFit is not easy but it’s worth it.”
6. What are your top 3 memories at Terminus?
There are many memorable moments at Terminus but there are three that immediately come to mind.On my first day during the intro class, I thought to myself, this program isn’t for me because it was too easy. I assumed that the program was for people with no exercise experience so I convinced myself that I wasn’t coming back and would request a full refund.
My next most memorable moment was when Patrick showed me the proper technique of doing a muscle up. This was my first time ever doing them and I attempted to do a few muscle ups and realized that it was not as “easy” as I initially thought. Once I confirmed that I was doing them correctly, I felt very accomplished.
Lastly, during a recent Saturday workout I was feeling extremely winded and fatigued. I felt like I was about to pass out and vomit. About halfway through the workout, I poured my water bottle on my head and face but forgot that I mixed a scoop of snow cone flavored BCAAs in my water. When I poured it on me it burned my eyes. As a result, I had to finish the rest of the workout with blurred vision and smelling like a carnival.
7. What’s your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest moment at Terminus was learning how to properly do a muscle up.
8. Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term Fitness goals?
My short-term fitness goal is to learn and perfect the snatch/ overhead squat. My long-term fitness goals are to stay consistent and relevant during competitive workouts.